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Winston-Salem Prep celebrates after the girls' team wins its second straight Class 1-A state basketball championship.
BY CRAIG T. GREENLEE
FOR THE CHRONICLE
After the first 12 minutes of play, it was no longer a
mystery as to whether
Winston-Salem Prep's girls
would win back-to-back state
championships. The only ques- mi
tion was what the final margin ^^B
of victory would be.
It was a vintage perform- ^^^^B
ance for the Phoenix, whose BBi ^B^B
smothering defense paved the
way for a 66-34 blow-out vic
tory over Plymouth in the Class 1-A final at Carmichael
Arena on the campus of UNC in Chapel Hill last Saturday.
In the process. Prep's pressure led to 20 steals and 37
"Defensively, it was the best effort we've had all
year," said point guard Jada Craig of Prep. "We knew it
wasn't going to be easy to repeat (as state champs), so that
was all the motivation we needed to keep playing hard."
The victory served as a fitting conclusion to a two-year
championship run for seven seniors. The Phoenix (28-3)
rolled through this year's state
3 playoffs and won six games by an
average margin of 27 points.
"TTiese ladies have set a legacy
for Winston-Salem Prep basket
ball," said coach Eugene Love of
Prep. "Hopefully, we can continue
to build on it. But I don't know if
we can ever repeat it. I'm excited
and happy for them and we'll
enjoy this for right now. Within the next week or so, we'll
start looking towards next season."
Although Prep's calling is defense, this game quickly
turned into a rout because of its offensive balance as seven
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Prep's Kristian Saunders bodies up on Plymouth
center Brittany Franklin.
Final's loss sends
Prep's boys back to
the drawing board
BY CRAIG T GREENLEE
TOE THE CHRONICLE
QE A closes out
regular season in
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In the aftermath of Winston-Salem Prep's decisive loss in the boys' Class 1-A state
championship game, Andre Gould refused to make excuses.
As painful as this might sound to die-hard Phoenix followers, their favorite team suc
cumbed to an opponent who was superior on that day. Prep lost convincingly to Durham
Voyager Academy 69-56 in the finals played last Saturday at UNC's Carmichael Arena
in Chapel Hill.
Prep, which had visions of winning its fifth state crown in eight years, had a night
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Quality Education Academy gave its avid followers much to cheer about in its last
game of the regular season last Thursday. The Pharaohs bolted to an early lead, and then
shifted into overdrive in a 74-46 victoiy over Forest Trail Academy.
Deshawn Corprcw, a 6-5 shooting guard who's ranked among ESPN's Top 100 play
ers in the country, set the tone for QEA with a game-high 28 points. Jaylen McGill was
next with 12, and Pape Ndiaye finished with eight points.
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