Louisburg wins Region X women’s tourney

March 8, 2013

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Title Game – Sunday

No. 2 Louisburg 73, No. 1 Catawba 55

Justin Taylor’s consecutive 3-pointers to start the second half gave her team a lead it never relinquished, and second-seeded Louisburg College upset No. 1-seed Catawba Valley C.C. 73-55 to claim the women’s Region X, Division 2 basketball championship Sunday at Patrick Henry Community College.

With 14:30 remaining in the game, CVCC center Stephanie Cabral picked up her third and fourth fouls within seconds of each other, and Louisburg’s Olivia Gaines drilled a 3-pointer during the same sequence in a critical series of events that pushed LC’s lead to 40-34 and forced Cabral out of the contest.

With roughly 5 minutes to go Louisburg led by 16 points, and Gaines’ steal and dish to Taylor put LC ahead 73-53 with 2:13 left in the contest.

Taylor hit five 3-pointers and led all scorers with 21 points, while teammates Latrice Phelps and Gaines added 13 apiece. Catawba Valley got 18 points from Matrice Sweezy and 12 from Anika Jones.

Notes: Louisburg starting forward Jazmine Parker injured her ankle in the first minute of the game and did not return. … Catawba led at the half, 26-25.

Semifinals – Saturday

No. 1 Catawba 54, No. 4 Brunswick 51

Top-seeded Catawba Valley C.C. won its second close game in as many days, defeating No. 4-seed Brunswick C.C. 54-51 during Saturday’s Region X, Division 2 semifinals at Patrick Henry Community College’s Stone Hall.

Though Brunswick led 31-23 at halftime, CVCC opened the second stanza in a trapping defense and quickly closed the gap, tying the game at 31 with 18:41 remaining in the contest.

BCC committed six fouls in the first five minutes of the second half, and CVCC reached the double-bonus with more than 10 minutes still to go in the game. Even so, it was a one-possession contest for the final 19 minutes.

Catawba’s Kadesha Gibbs led all scorers with 20 points. Syerra Troutman paced BCC with 14 points.

With the victory, Catawba Valley secured a spot in Sunday’s regional tournament title game, scheduled for 1 p.m.

No. 2 Louisburg 81, No. 3 Lenoir 59

Second-seeded Louisburg College jumped out to a 39-25 halftime lead and never looked back en route to an 81-59 victory over third-seeded Lenoir C.C. on Saturday at Stone Hall. Olivia Gaines paced Louisburg with 18 points, while Lenoir’s Dominique Graham led all scorers with 23 points.

The win sets up a title-game contest between the top two seeds of the Region X, Division 2 tournament. Louisburg will face Catawba Valley C.C. at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Quarterfinals – Friday

Lenoir CC 82, Patrick Henry 75

Third-seeded Lenoir Community College advanced to the semifinals of the Region X, Division 2 women’s basketball tournament Friday thanks to an 82-75 win over the home-standing Lady Patriots of Patrick Henry Community College.

After trailing by six points at halftime, Lenoir took the lead for good with 10 minutes remaining in the game on a breakaway layup by Cana Marriott. LCC will face the winner of Friday night’s game between No. 2 Louisburg and No. 7 Wake Tech. That semifinal contest is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday in Stone Hall on the PHCC campus.

Sekethia Williams paced LCC with 20 points in the victory, while PHCC’s Courtney Cayard led all scorers with 22 points.

The loss marks the season’s end for PHCC (12-11 overall, 5-9 Region X regular season).

Catawba Valley 69, Guilford Tech 65 OT

Anika Jones went 4-for-4 from the free throw in overtime to help top-seeded Catawba Valley C.C. avoid a first-round upset and beat Guilford Tech 69-65 in Friday’s Region X, Division 2 quarterfinal matchup at PHCC.

The game wasn’t expected to be so competitive, but No. 8-seed GTCC kept it close from start to finish. With Guilford Tech leading by one point late in the game, Brittnee Roberts turned the ball over and Catawba Valley’s Jillian Murray hit one of two free throws with less than 20 seconds remaining to tie the game at 58 and force OT.

Kadesha Gibbs led Catawba Valley with 22 points, while Dana Gildea scored 24 to pace Guilford Tech.

With 2 minutes, 20 seconds remaining in regulation, Carnique Marks scored on an offensive rebound to give GTCC a 56-54 lead. Roberts extended that lead to four points with 1:38 remaining on a bucket that just beat the shot clock, but Gibbs sank two free throws to pull it back within two at 58-56. Lavita Lee then made one free throw to put the score at 58-57, and Roberts’ turnover allowed Murry to force OT from the charity stripe.

With the win, CVCC advances to face No. 4-seed Brunswick C.C. at 1 p.m. Saturday.

No. 4 Brunswick 73, No. 5 Cape Fear 62

Fourth-seeded Brunswick Community College earned a hard-fought 73-62 victory over No. 5 seed Cape Fear Community College during the quarterfinal round of the Region X, Division 2 women’s basketball tournament Friday at Patrick Henry Community College.

Shanita Hampton led BCC with 20 points, while Cape Fear’s Porsha Buchanan paced all scorers with 21 in a losing effort.

The game was close during the first half, with multiple ties, and BCC led 34-31 at intermission. The Lady Dolphins pushed out to a more comfortable lead that hovered around eight points early in the second half and held off the Lady Sea Devils down the stretch.

With the win, BCC advances to play in Saturday’s semifinals at 1 p.m. against the winner of the No. 1 Catawba Valley/No. 8 Guilford Tech game, which was set to tip off at 3 p.m. Friday.

No. 2 Louisburg 93, No. 7 Wake Tech 49

Keep an eye on this website for game results as they become available.

To view the update tournament bracket, click here: 2013 Region X D2 Women


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