by Aaron Garcia
Aside from Parkwood, only one other girls team in Union County is still alive in the playoffs. Porter Ridge (23-4) followed their opening-round, 64-44 win over North Mecklenburg on Feb. 21 with a 52-48 win over Marion McDowell on Feb. 23. The Pirates, winners of seven of their last eight games, host Huntersville Hopewell (24-3) on Feb. 25.
Seven other Union County girls teams qualified for their respective state tournaments, but each fell in the first round, including Marvin Ridge, which lost to Concord Robinson, 56-40; Sun Valley, which lost to Charlotte’s Mallard Creek, 42-41; Piedmont, which lost to Central Davidson, 78-57; Forest Hills, which lost to North Lincoln, 94-88; Monroe, which lost to Bear’s Creek Chatham, 35-32; Central Academy, which lost to South Davidson, 59-54 and Cuthbertson, which lost to Charlotte Berry, 63-25.
Two boys teams are still in the hunt. Monroe opened the state tournament on Feb. 21 with a 68-51 over South Davidson, followed by a 57-42 win over Sparta’s Alleghany. The Redhawks, with an overall record of 17-9, next hosts North Rowan (23-5). Cuthbertson needed overtime to beat West Stokes, 76-69 in the second round following an 85-62 win over East Davidson.
Seven other boys teams also qualified for the state tournament, and like the girls, each fell in the opening round, including Weddington, which lost to Hickory Ridge, 53-38; Porter Ridge, which fell to North Mecklenburg, 92-42; Parkwood, which fell to Anson, 93-78; Marvin Ridge, which lost to Kannapolis Brown, 94-80; Sun Valley, which lost to Huntersville Hopewell, 61-41; Forest Hills, which lost to Lexington, 85-63 and Union Academy, which lost to Albemarle, 79-44.