Bishop, Thomasville seek return to state-title stage
Two area girls teams very familiar with success at the state level are back in the NCHSAA Western regional finals today in Greensboro.
Bishop McGuinness take on Cherokee at 11:30 a.m. in the 1A final while Thomasville meet Pisgah at 3:30 p.m. in the 2A final. Both games will be played in UNCG’s Fleming Gymnasium.
The Villains, following an 83-62 win Tuesday against Lake Norman Charter, are 15-0 in regional play in eight years and seek to extend their record-setting streak to eight straight state titles. They’ll face Cherokee (28-2), which beat North Wilkes 71-38, for the third straight year.
Tessa Johnston scored 17 points to lead Bishop (23-7) while Olivia DeFrancesco also had 15 points, going 10 of 14 from the free-throw line, and four assists followed by Tia Cappuccio (12 points) and Julia Brown (11). Bishop shot 49 percent from the field and made 37 of 52 free throws.
The Bulldogs, who won their four 1A titles prior to the Villains’ run, return to the regionals after missing last year and seeks their first regional crown since 2005 — when they went on to crush Weldon by 36 in the 1A state final. They’ll face Pisgah, which beat Bandys 57-45.
Sophomore wing Christina Coleman scored 25 points to lead Thomasville (21-5) in its 62-48 win Wednesday against East Davidson. Freshman wing Timber Tate also had 15 points and 12 rebounds while senior guard Joslyn Spires added 10 points and nine rebounds.
The winners will advance to next Saturday’s state championship games. The 1A championship will be at N.C. State’s Reynolds Coliseum while the 2A championship will be at North Carolina’s Smith Center.