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Third time’s a charm: Northwest girls’ basketball team wins 4A State Championship

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Coach Darlene Joyner rushes to fist bump her players. This win is the first for Joyner who has coached the team for more than 20 years.

Coach Darlene Joyner rushes to fist bump her players. This win is the first for Joyner who has coached the team for more than 20 years.

Zoe Stuckey

Zoe Stuckey

Coach Darlene Joyner rushes to fist bump her players. This win is the first for Joyner who has coached the team for more than 20 years.

Zoe Stuckey, Public Relations

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The Northwest’s Varsity Girls’ basketball team claimed the 4-A State Championship title Saturday, March 11 at NC State’s Reynolds Coliseum. This is the first championship win in Northwest’s school history.

The final score was 36-34 against Southeast Raleigh High School, which had a 32-win streak prior to losing the state championship.

“I’m honored to be a part of the team that won the first girls’ basketball state championship for Northwest,” senior Sandra Wommack said.

In 2015, the girls had a record of 24-0 and were the first basketball team in the school’s history to go undefeated and advance to the Final Four of the NCHSAA state playoffs. They lost to Myers Park High School in the Final Four with a score of 35-58.

In 2016, the girls made it to the NCHSAA State Championship but lost to Millbrook High School 46-45.

“Last year was a heart breaking loss,” junior Bria Gibbs said. “The world stopped in seconds when the shot went in.”

The team consists of the following players: Abigail Rose, junior Tiffany Thorpe, freshman Megan Harkey, sophomore Haley Barker, Wommack, Gibbs, sophomore Cayla King (named Most Outstanding Player) and sophomore Elizabeth Kitley (named the team’s MVP).

“It felt like a dream com true,” Gibbs said. “It felt like what we missed last year.”

 

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