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WWAY's Thursday night sports - Feb. 7


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- We've posted scores and notes from Thursday night's high school basketball action.




DURHAM, NC (AP) - Mason Plumlee scored 30 points and No. 4 Duke held on to beat North Carolina State 98-85 on Thursday night.

Seth Curry added 26 points and Quinn Cook had 21 for the Blue Devils (20-2, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).

They never trailed, shot 53.8 percent from the field, led by 21 points and held off a Wolfpack rally to claim their fourth straight win.

Richard Howell had 15 of his 23 points in the second half for the Wolfpack (16-7, 5-5), who clawed back in it by making 12 of their first 14 shots of the second half.

But N.C. State - the preseason favorite in the ACC - lost its third straight and was denied its first win in Cameron Indoor Stadium since 1995.

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CARY, NC (WWAY) -- Year in and year out swimmers from Wilmington tend to put in strong performances at the 4-A state championship meet. Thursday was no exception. Laney's Christian Caveness won the state title in the boys 100 butterfly. Caroline Estep of Hoggard had a runner-up finish in the girls 200 freestyle. Laney's Travis had a third place finish in the boys 100 backstroke. Click play video to see our coverage from Cary.

CARY, NC (NCHSAA) -— Emily Allen helped lead Cornelius W.A. Hough to its second consecutive team title on Thursday night in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A swimming and diving championships at the Triangle Aquatic Center.

Allen won both the 50 and the 100 freestyle events and swam the anchor legs on two victorious relay teams to lift Hough to the crown and earn Most Valuable Performer honors, Allen set new NCHSAA all-classification records in both her individual events with All-American Automatic times in both.

Hough scored 323 points to 236 for runner-up Cary Green Hope. Cary Panther Creek was third at 182, followed by Charlotte Providence (167), Greensboro Grimsley (160) and Cary (159). A total of 35 schools scored in the women’s meet.

It was the ninth time in the last 12 years that a Charlotte-Mecklenburg school won the NCHSAA state 4-A women’s crown, with Providence earning six of those between 2002 and ’09.

Hannah Moore of Green Hope captured top honors in both the 100 backstroke and the 500 free and also swam the leadoff leg on the first-place 200 medley relay team. She set a new all-classification record of 54.37 seconds in the 100 back, breaking the old mark but just .03 of a second.

South Mecklenburg’s Alexandra Martelle also took two individual titles, winning both the 100 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley.

Green Hope, which won a pair of relay events, captured the men’s championship by scoring 259 points, with Hough in second at 190. The Green Hope state title snapped a string of four consecutive crowns won by Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools on the men’s side.

South Mecklenburg was third with 175, followed by East Chapel Hill (168) and defending state champ Providence (157). There were 44 schools scoring points in the men’s meet.

Colin Ellington of Holly Springs was the MVP of the men’s meet. Ellington was a double winner, finishing first in both the 200 individual medley and the 100 free. He established a new all-classification state record in the 100 free of 44.87 seconds and had All-American Automatic times in both events.

John Manchester of Hough also swam to two individual titles, taking both the 100 backstroke and the 200 free.

The 3-A championships will be held on Friday and then the 1-A/2-A schools will compete on Saturday, all at the Triangle Aquatics Center.

All American Swim Supply serves as a sponsor of the championships, and the Raleigh Sports Consortium is the primary host sponsor.

Women - Team Rankings -
1, Hough, W.A., 323. 2, Green Hope, 236. 3, Panther Creek, 182. 4, Providence,
167. 5, Grimsley, 160. 6, Cary, 159. 7, Apex, 136. 8, Reagan, 122. 9, Hoggard,
85. 10, South Mecklenburg, 80. 11, West Forsyth, 78. 12, East Chapel Hill,
64.5. 13, Broughton, 62. 14, Kell, Ardrey, 61. 15, Myers Park, 59. 16, Holly
Springs, 52. 17, Millbrook, 37. 18, Leesville Road, 33. 19, Middle Creek, 30.
19, Lake Norman, 30. 21, Rose, J. H., 27. 22, Western Guilford, 20. 23, Davie
County, 19.5. 24, Wakefield, 17. 25, Athens Drive, 15. 26, Northwest Guilford,
14. 27, Sanderson, 11. 28, East Mecklenburg, 10. 29, High Point Central, 9.
30, Enloe, 7.5. 31, Roberson, T. C., 7. 32, Clayton, 4.5. 33, Mallard Creek,
3. 34, Page, 2. 34, New Hanover, 2.

Men - Team Rankings -
1, Green Hope, 259. 2, Hough, W.A., 190. 3, South Mecklenburg, 175. 4, East
Chapel Hill, 168. 5, Providence, 156. 6, Leesville Road, 127. 7, Rose, J. H.,
119. 8, Kell, Ardrey, 91. 9, Grimsley, 84. 10, Lake Norman, 83. 11, Panther
Creek, 81. 12, Reagan, 79. 13, Laney, 69. 14, Page, 52. 15, Northern Durham,
46. 15, Millbrook, 46. 17, Sanderson, 45. 18, Apex, 42. 18, Reynolds, R. J.,
42. 20, Holly Springs, 40. 21, Enloe, 39. 22, Northwest Guilford, 37. 23,
Cary, 33. 24, Wakefield, 27. 25, Sanford, Terry, 22. 26, Independence, 21. 27,
Riverside, 20. 28, North Davidson, 17. 29, Heritage, 15. 29, Olympic, 15. 31,
Pinecrest, 14. 32, Broughton, 13. 33, Hoggard, 11. 34, Ragsdale, 9. 34,
Hopewell, 9. 36, East Forsyth, 8. 37, Athens Drive, 6. 38, Davie County, 4.
39, East Gaston, 3. 40, Myers Park, 2. 40, West Forsyth, 2. 40, Jordan, 2. 43,
East Mecklenburg, 1. 43, Garner, 1.


HARRISBONBURG, VA (UNCW) -–Senior guard Tarik Hislop poured in a game-high 19 points to lead James Madison to a 74-43 victory over UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball action Thursday at the JMU Convocation Center.

The Dukes improved to 16-8 overall and 9-1 in CAA play as they won their eighth straight contest. The Seahawks, meanwhile, slipped to 2-19 and 1-9 as they suffered their eighth straight setback.

Hislop was one of three JMU players to reach double figures as freshman Precious Hall added 15 and junior Kirby Burkholder pitched in 10. Freshman Jazmon Gwathmey pulled down a game-high nine rebounds as the Dukes held a 41-31 advantage on the glass.

Freshman Dana Brown tallied nine points and senior Karneshia Garrett pitched in eight for UNCW, who was limited to just 32.8 percent (15-of-46) shooting for the game, including a 6-for-24 effort from the floor in the first half.

Trailing 10-6 early, a 3-pointer from Hislop at the 13:37 mark sparked a 16-2 spurt that lasted 5:37 and gave the Dukes a 22-12 advantage.

A pair of free throws by Garrett at the 6:46 mark ended the JMU run and started a 7-2 UNCW spurt that pulled the Seahawks within five, 24-19, only to see Hislop spark another JMU run as her 3-pointer with 4:49 on the first-half clock set in motion an 18-0 spurt that lasted more than eight minutes and put the Dukes in front, 42-19, with 16:35 remaining.

JMU would maintain a comfortable margin the rest of the way, taking advantage of a 22-5 later in the frame to build its largest lead of the evening, 70-35, with 2:22 on the clock. The Seahawks would tally eight of the final 12 points to determine the final 31-point margin.

JMU returns to action Sunday as it hosts No. 20 Delaware in a 2 p.m. start. UNCW’s contest at Northeastern, scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m., has been postponed due to inclement weather expected in the Northeast this weekend. A makeup date has not yet been determined.

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