The Myers Park girls’ basketball team earned a trip to the N.C. 4A West Regional for the third time in four seasons, and it did so with ease.
The No. 3-seeded Mustangs beat No. 6 South Caldwell 62-23 Tuesday night at Myers Park.
Myers Park (26-1), the reigning 4A state champion, will face Winston-Salem Reynolds (27-0) in the regional semifinals Thursday in Winston-Salem.
Myers Park’s pressure never let the Spartans (20-7) get comfortable on offense and forced many turnovers. The Mustangs led 33-11 at half, but they could have had a bigger lead if they hadn’t had 18 turnovers.
“I’m really proud of the team today,” said Myers Park coach Barbara Nelson. South Caldwell is “a very good basketball team, a very well-coached basketball team. They can really shoot it and we’ve had trouble guarding teams that are good shooters and could penetrate, and so that was good for us today to get some confidence going into Thursday night’s game.”
Chanin Scott and Aliyah Mazyck led Myers Park with 14 points each, and Rydeiah Rogers added 11. Eight Mustangs scored.
Annalee Bollinger led South Caldwell with 11.
The Spartans never scored more than nine points in a quarter, and they didn’t make a field goal until Caleigh Raby hit a jumper nearly three minutes into the second quarter.
Myers Park led 47-18 after the third quarter and was ahead by as many as 40 in the fourth quarter.
The Mustangs didn’t seem tired, despite playing a second-round playoff game Monday night – a 38-point victory over Greensboro Page – and Nelson didn’t seem concerned about the prospect of her team playing two more games this weekend.
“Our kids would much rather play than practice,” Nelson said. “We go hard for two hours and we run for two hours, so they’d much rather play than practice.”