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State basketball playoffs: WWAY's Monday night sports - Feb. 24

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The New Hanover boys basketball team got off to a slow start on Monday in the first round of the state playoffs, but the Wildcats ended up sending Ashley home packing. We had highlights from nine different games on Monday! We had video from Shallotte, Jacksonville, Wilmington, Lake Waccamaw, Rocky Point and Whiteville and Rocky Point. This includes the return of Shaun Kirk to the Whiteville basketball team. In fact we showcased three slam dunks of Monday. One was an alley-oop slam dunk by Kirk.

We've posted scores and notes below.

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GIRLS 1-A STATE PLAYOFFS
PRINCETON 53 - WHITEVILLE 41
EAST COLUMBUS 72 - NW HALIFAX 40 ** Click icon to see video
ROSEWOOD 71 - TRASK 31

GIRLS 2-A STATE PLAYOFFS
GIRLS BASKETBALL NORTH PITT 59 - NORTH BRUNSWICK 33
GIRLS BASKETBALL EAST BLADEN 56 - WARREN COUNTY 27
GIRLS BASKETBALL BEDDINGFIELD 62 - WEST BLADEN 42

GIRLS 3-A STATE PLAYOFFS
ROCKINGHAM 72 - WEST BRUNSWICK 52
CHAPEL HILL 77 - TOPSAIL 17

GIRLS 4-A STATE PLAYOFFS
71ST 54 - NEW HANOVER 47 ** Click icon to see video
ASHLEY 51 - CLAYTON 38 ** Click icon to see video
HILLSIDE 67 - HOGGARD 48
LANEY 50 - EAST WAKE 47

BOYS 1-A STATE PLAYOFFS
PRINCETON 57 - EAST COLUMBUS 53
WINSTON-SALEM PREP 85 - WEST COLUMBUS 46
WHITEVILLE 72 - LAKEWOOD 33 ** Click icon to see video
TRASK 90 - NW HALIFAX 52 ** Click icon to see video
RASHEED BROWN LED THE TITANS WITH 29 POINTS
NEUSE CHARTER 62 - PENDER 57
WALLACE-ROSE HILL 81 - DURHAM VOYAGER 76

BOYS 2-A STATE PLAYOFFS
TRINITY 75 - SOUTH COLUMBUS 50
NORTHSIDE 76 - NORTH BRUNSWICK 50 ** Click icon to see video
CLINTON 72 - WEST BLADEN 69 IN TRIPLE OVERTIME
RAHU PURDIE LED THE KNIGHTS WITH 21 POINTS
FAIRMONT 84 - EAST BLADEN 71

BOYS 3-A STATE PLAYOFFS
ORANGE 75 - SOUTH BRUNSWICK 51
BOYS BASKETBALL WEST BRUNSWICK 68 - UNION PINES 49 ** Click icon to see video
GRAY CHEERS LED THE TROJANS WITH 24 POINTS

BOYS 4-A STATE PLAYOFFS
MIDDLE CREEK 50 - HOGGARD 41 ** Click icon to see video
NEW HANOVER 73 - ASHLEY 46 ** Click icon to see video

Pairings for round two of the state playoffs:
Wednesday, Feb. 26
6:00 Laney at South Central girls
6:30 Kestrel Heights at Whiteville boys
6:30 Wallace-Rose Hill at East Columbus girls
6:30 Jack Britt at Ashley girls
7:00 Spring Creek at Trask boys
7:00 Knightdale at New Hanover boys
7:00 North Pitt at East Bladen girls
7:00 Cleveland at West Brunswick boys

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College Women's Basketball
Louisburg 96
Brunswick Community College 87

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JACKSONVILLE, FL (UNCW) - =– Senior Payne McLeod (75-73=148) shaved two strokes off his opening round score to move into the top-40 and UNCW whittled 15 strokes off its first round score to move into a tie for 13th at The Hyat through two rounds on Monday.
UNCW (309-294=603) rallied in the second round as freshman Preston Harrington (79-72=151) carded an even-par round to move into a tie for 50th.McLeod and senior Stefan Brewer were one-over in the second round. Sam Love of UAB carded a second round 68 to move into the lead and holds a one stroke lead over Greg Eason of UCF. Second-ranked Oklahoma State enters the final round on Tuesday with a three-stroke lead on UCF.

UNCW Scores: T36. Payne McLeod (75-73=148); T50. Preston Harrington (79-72=151); T57. Stefan Brewer (79-73=152); T64. Ryan Nagy (77-76=153); T75. Thomas Lilly (78-79=157)

Team Scores: 1. Oklahoma State (282-281=563); 2. UCF (287-279=566); 3. UAB (290-280=570); 4. North Texas (299-278=577); 5. GRU Augusta (296-286=582); 6. North Florida (290-293=583); 7. Tulsa (298-288=586); T8. Coastal Carolina (293-294=587); Louisville (297-290=587); 10. Troy (300-290=590); 11. Tennessee (300-293=593); 12. Liberty (297-298=595); T13. UNCW (309-294=603); Furman (300-303=603); 15. Jacksonville (313-292=605)

Individual Leaders: 1. Sam Love (UAB) 67-68=135; 2. Greg Eason (UCF) 71-65=136; 3. Jason Roets (UNT) 73-65=138; 4. Maximilian Walz (LOU) 72-68=140; T5. Jordan Niebrugge (OSU) 72-69=141; Thomas Sutton (UAB) 73-68=141; Ben Wheeler (CCU) 67-74=141; Logan McCracken (Tulsa) 68-73=141

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Junior guard Kelva Atkins was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s Co-Player-of-the-Week on Monday.

Atkins, who shared the honor with James Madison’s Kirby Burkholder, is the first UNCW player to receive the honor this season. It is also the first time that Atkins has received the honor in her career.

“Kelva had a great week for us,” said UNCW Head Coach Adell Harris. “I’m happy for her and hope that she can continue to perform at a high level over the next few weeks.”

Atkins averaged 18.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in leading UNCW to 1-1 record in its final two home contests of the season. The Stem, N.C., product shot 46.7 percent from the floor and 86.7 percent at the free-throw line as she played 79 of a possible 80 minutes in the two contests.

Atkins opened the week with her first career double-double, posting 18 points and grabbing a career-high 15 rebounds in a 67-53 setback to College of Charleston on Feb. 20. She followed that effort with a game-high 23 points and six rebounds in the Seahawks dramatic 60-59 triumph over Towson on Sunday. Atkins was 8-of-14 from the floor and a perfect 7-of-7 at the free throw line against the Tigers, including a pair of tosses from the charity stripe with 1.4 seconds remaining to erase a one-point deficit and give the Seahawks the victory.

The Seahawks (4-24; 3-11 CAA) return to action Thursday with a 7 p.m. contest at Drexel.

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