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The Girls’ Varsity Basketball advances to the third round of playoffs

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The Girls’ Varsity Basketball advances to the third round of playoffs

The Varsity Girls' Basketball team takes a picture with UNC-Chapel Hill player, Luke Maye, after their game. They beat North Mecklenburg High School and will advance to the third round of playoffs.

The Varsity Girls' Basketball team takes a picture with UNC-Chapel Hill player, Luke Maye, after their game. They beat North Mecklenburg High School and will advance to the third round of playoffs.

The Varsity Girls' Basketball team takes a picture with UNC-Chapel Hill player, Luke Maye, after their game. They beat North Mecklenburg High School and will advance to the third round of playoffs.

The Varsity Girls' Basketball team takes a picture with UNC-Chapel Hill player, Luke Maye, after their game. They beat North Mecklenburg High School and will advance to the third round of playoffs.

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In two constant momentum-shifting games, Thursday, Feb. 28 had one Viking season go on and one come to an end.

The Varsity boys’ team put up a fight against Myers Park High School, but were not able to win. The score was 52-63, and their final record was 18-8.

Senior Johnny Pagano says that the Vikings didn’t play as well as a team in the game against Myers Park.

“I think we played all right,” Pagano said. “I don’t think we worked as hard as we did in previous games, and that’s why we ended up losing.”

Myers Park had a lot of energy on the floor with great players like sophomore Drake Maye, younger brother of Luke Maye at UNC Chapel Hill.

Northwest’s high scorers were junior Dean Reiber with 17 points, junior Christian Thompson with 18, and junior Brandon Thomas with eight.

“I thought (Reiber) played really well down low and he hit a lot of big shots,” Pagano said.

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Pagano is still optimistic about the boys’ 2018-2019 season for they had great wins like the HAECO Tournament and Conference Championship.

“It was fun,” Pagano said. “(There were) a lot of good memories with fun teammates and I’m definitely going to miss it.”

He also believes that the boys will do even better next year with a lot of returning players.

“They have a another chance next year to have a good season,” Pagano said.

Meanwhile, the Varsity Girls’ team won 55-49 against North Mecklenburg High School and will advance to the third round on Saturday, March 2 at 5:00 at home. Without senior point guard Cayla King, juniors Reagan Kargo and Thalia Carter stepped up in her vacancy for the team.

“I think (Kargo) played the best with putting up the most points, and having to handle the whole game is a challenge,” Carter said.

Kargo had a strong game scoring the first seven points with 29 points total.  Without a single three-pointer, she drove strong to the basket and made 14 out of 15 free throws.

Carter scored 10, junior Megan Harkey had eight and Shaena Riddles had six. The team also welcomed a new player, sophomore Riley McCall, who has been practicing with them for most of the season.

The girls worked hard before and during the game for this win.

“We relied on our coaches for a scouting report and made sure we knew everyone on the other team’s strengths,” Carter said.

The first half was neck-and-neck with a score of 24-25; the Vikings were down by one. However, in the third quarter, the girls went on a 14-4 run to ensure their advancement.

“We all know the third quarter normally tells who’s going to win or lose, so we had to open it up,” Carter said.

The girls’ Viking basketball team has won the state championship for the past two years, and they are working hard for a three-peat to win another ring. The third round will be against Pinecrest High School.

“I’m as ready for it as I’ll get,” Carter said. “I’m kind of anxious, but more excited.”

A photo gallery of both games will soon follow.

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