The O’Neal girls’ basketball team is heading into the postseason in style.

Friday, the Falcons completed their journey through the Tri-TAC by adding the conference tournament championship to their regular-season crown earned with an undefeated 12-0 mark.

O’Neal knocked off Salem Baptist Christian 79-44 to claim the tourney championship.

With the Falcons 23-2 overall, which has them ranked No. 1 in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) 2-A division according to, O’Neal heads into the postseason with plenty of momentum.

The Falcons reached the finals of the conference tournament by defeating Carolina Friends 64-22 Tuesday at O’Neal in a semifinal game. O’Neal had a first-round bye.

Ball movement highlighted the evening as the Falcons totaled 17 assists on the evening. The Falcons staple defensive energy was on display once again adding a season-high five blocks throughout the game.

The Falcons were led by the dynamic duo of Hadiya Balser (19 points, five rebounds, four steals) and Caelan McHarney (16 points, eight rebounds, six assists).

A bright spot for the night came as sophomore reserve Miccah Wall finished off a great assist from Hadiya Balser to put her name into the scoring column on the evening.

The Falcons completed a perfect 10-0 conference regular-season slate Jan. 31 when they traveled to Trinity School of Durham and collected a 56-14 win.

O’Neal jumped out to a 21-2 first-quarter lead and never looked back.

The Falcons signature defensive pressure created 16 steals on the night and 30 points off turnovers. Meanwhile, the Falcon post players dominated inside, totaling 32 of their 56 points from in the paint.

All players in uniform saw extended playing time on the evening in the strong victory. The Falcons were led in scoring by senior Hadiya Balser (18 points, five rebounds, four steals) and junior Kayla Jenkins (12 points).

The Falcons have not lost a conference game since the 2017 season.

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