CHAPEL HILL, NC – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) and the Hickory Metro Sports Commission (HMSC) are pleased to announce a return to Hickory of the NCHSAA’s Western Regional Basketball Finals for 2019. Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Shuford Memorial Gymnasium and at Catawba Valley Community College’s Tarlton Complex will serve as the host sites of the eight-game, single-day event that features four games in each facility. 


4A MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP: Independence climbs past Heritage 71-60 for their second title

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Independence Patriots returned to the 4A State Championship Game for the first time since 1997, when they knocked off Richmond County. The second trip to a State Final was a pretty similar picture as the Patriots played solid team basketball on their way to a 71-60 victory over Heritage. 


3A MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP – Cox Mill escapes Northside-Jacksonville 65-63 to win their second-straight state championship

RALEIGH, N.C. – In a highly anticipated matchup of a pair of defending state champions, it was the defending 3A State Champions, Cox Mill, that held on to down last year’s 2A State Champions, Northside-Jacksonville, by a narrow 65-63 margin.

The two teams played a very tight first half, with Cox Mill taking a slim 36-31 lead into the halftime break, but the Chargers came out firing in the third quarter, raising their lead to as many as 13 around the midway point of the third frame. 


3A WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP: Northern Guilford claims second straight with a 60-52 win over Jacksonville

RALEIGH, N.C. – Northern Guilford led the whole way and pushed out to as much as a 19-point lead in the first half, as the Nighthawks powered their way past Jacksonville to the 3A Women’s Basketball State Championship. The Nighthawks earned their second straight State Championship with the victory.


4A WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP: Northwest Guilford goes back-to-back with a 44-36 comeback win over Southeast Raleigh

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Southeast Raleigh built a 12-point lead early in the first quarter, but the defending 4A State Champions from Northwest Guilford slowly battled and scrapped their way back into the game for a 44-36 victory and their second straight State Championship.


2A MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP: Forest Hills earns their first championship, holding off Greene Central 63-59

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Forest Hills Yellow Jackets saw their State Championship dreams die in the Regional Finals each of the last two years. This year’s team got over that hump, earning the school their first state championship berth since 1964, and with a 63-59 win over Greene Central in the 2A State Championship, won their first State Championship in Men’s Basketball.


2A WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP – North Pitt earns their third title with a 63-42 over North Wilkes

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Pitt never trailed North Wilkes as the Panthers powered their way to a 63-42 victory over the Vikings in the 2A Women’s Basketball Championship. The Panthers claimed the school’s third State Championship in Women’s Basketball. 

Nyjanique Langley was the star two years ago for North Pitt in their 2016 2A Championship victory, and she had another big game in this year’s game. Langley exploded for 33 points, snatching 16 rebounds on her way to her second Kay Yow 2A Women’s Basketball Championship Most Valuable Player award.


1A WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP - Mount Airy runs away from Pamlico County 69-32 to win their second straight State Championship

RALEIGH, N.C. – Mount Airy and Pamlico County faced off in the 1A Women’s Basketball State Championship Game for the second year in a row, and once again the Granite Bears came out firing on all cylinders on their way to a 69-32 victory and a second straight state championship.