It was an Ardrey Kell kind of Friday in Mecklenburg County.
The Knights’ boys and girls basketball teams won sectional championships and qualified for the N.C. 4A Western Regionals. It’s the third trip for the Ardrey Kell boys and their first since 2010.
The girls are going for the first time. To get there, Ardrey Kell snapped Southwest Guilford’s 22-game win streak in its home gym. And, there’s this: Ardrey Kell was down 15-8 early.
“For them to go through the adversity of being down and coming back and fighting through it, I’m super proud of them and they need to be proud of themselves,” Ardrey Kell girls coach Jennifer McVicker said. “They stepped up and refused to lose. It was a great effort.”
McVicker’s girls had a wicked schedule this season, playing four nationally-ranked teams in the first 12 games. Ardrey Kell started 7-4, but has won 19 straight since upsetting national power St. John’s (D.C.) at the Wild Wing Cafe tournament Dec. 28.
Now the Knights are joining their brothers in Greensboro. This is the Elite 8, hallowed ground in high school basketball.
“We’ve matured a lot,” McVicker said. “With our schedule, we’ve learned a lot and I tell you what, our kids play hard. I tell them, ‘You have fun, you play together, you play hard.’ Those are the big three things I tell them every single day. And I’m so proud of them and their efforts. I can’t express that enough.”
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