UP Splits with Westover on Senior Night
Union Pines earned a split Thursday in a varsity hoops double header against the Westover Wolverines at Bob Ward Gymnasium on senior night in Cameron.
Led by another dynamic performance from their captain duo of Crystal Hicks and Tyler Ross, the Lady Vikings topped Westover 61-46.
Hicks, a senior point forward and third-year captain, notched a triple-double in her final regular season home game, finishing with 11 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists.
Ross, a 5-foot-10 forward, tallied game-highs with 21 points and 20 rebounds. The junior captain also registered five assists, three steals and three blocks.
With the victory, the Lady Vikes improved to 17-6 on the season and wrapped up their 3-A Cape Fear Valley Conference (CFVC) campaign with a second-place finish at 10-2.
Between the girls' and boys' game, a ceremony was held at half court to honor Union Pines senior basketball players including Lady Vikings Hicks, Alex Parris, Chantelle Carr and Amanda McCoy; along with Vike boys Lashun Brower, Lewis Chalmers, Parris Manning and Charles Steadwell.
Afterwards, the Union Pines boys took the court and gave a good effort against CFVC first-place Westover (16-6, 11-1 CFVC). Although eventually the visiting Wolverines rebounding edge on both ends of the floor was too much for the Vikes to handle, as they dropped the tilt by a score of 60-53.
Junior forward Braxton Ross led the Viking with 17 points on the night. Brower also hit double figures for Union pines with 13.
With the loss Union Pines moved to 13-11 overall and wrapped up its record at 6-6 in the CFVC standings, for a third-place finish in the league.
In a change of format from recent years, all first-round CFVC tournament games will be played at the home of the second-seeded team this season.
Monday the boys tournaments gets underway in Sanford at Southern Lee.
Fourth seed Douglas Byrd (7-11, 5-7) battles fifth-seeded Western Harnett (10-14, 5-7) at 4:30 p.m. in the opener. Then Union Pines takes the court against sixth-seeded Gray's Creek at 6 p.m. The nightcap features the second-place Cavs (14-3, 10-2) pitted against seventh-place Overhills (5-16,2-10).
The tournament then shift to Westover High School Fayetteville as the CFVC regular season champion Wolverines host the semifinals Wednesday, with game one at 6 p.m. The second semi-final contest follows at 7:30 p.m. and will match the Wolverines against the winner of Monday's #4/#5 game.
As the second seed, Union Pines hosts the opening round of the girls' tournament Tuesday at Bob Ward Gymnasium.
The first match-up starts at 4:30 p.m. in Cameron, pairing fourth-seeded Douglas Byrd against fifth-place Westover. Then at 6 p.m. third seed Overhills (17-6, 9-3) meets sixth-seeded Western (2-19, 2-9).
The Lady Vikings will then take the court for final game of the evening against seventh seed Gray's Creek (2-17, 0-12).
CFVC regular season champion Southern Lee hosts semifinal action Thursday, with the first tilt beginning at 6 p.m. The Cavaliers hit the floor for their tourney debut, directly following game one, against the winner of the #4/#5 game at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Friday is title day as both CFVC championships games will be contested at the site of the highest remaining boys' seed in the tournament.
The girls championships is slated to start at 6 p.m., followed by the boys' final at 7:30 p.m.
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