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March 13, 2017
When a team named The Hurricanes plays in the Triangle, skates, ice and pucks are usually involved. Not so, Saturday when the Lady ‘Canes, the Pamlico High girls basketball team, took to the floor of the Dean Dome at UNC-Chapel Hill to play for the state championship.
These Hurricanes had just logged their most winning season ever: 29 wins, just 4 losses. They’d knocked out the Number 1 and 2 seeds – Plymouth and Roxboro – in the Class A playoffs. All that stood between the ‘Canes and the 1st place title were the Lady Granite Bears from Mt. Airy.
The winner would be crowned state champions for 2106-17.Snow was in the weekend forecast, but Pamlico High had hopes of a bringing a hurricane force to the Dean Dome.Taking to the court.The game quickly took on a sense of urgency in the first quarter. Trailing by only 3 points, 9-6, the Lady Canes didn’t land a shot for 4 minutes and ten seconds. During that long run, the Lady Granite Bears played as Pamlico had played to reach the finals – suffocating defense, rebounding, and hot shooting. Coach April Rose observed, “It’s so crazy because they beat us the way we beat teams. They were a lot like us, just tougher and better on this day.”Final score: 66-40 and state championship going to Mt. Airy’s Lady Granite Bears. Coach April Rose shows the 2nd place plaque.
Posted Monday March 13, 2017 by Ben Casey
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