2018-02-10 / Sports

Bulldogs claim fourth NCAC crown in a row

BY KELLY SNOW
COURIER-TIMES SPORTS EDITOR


Roxboro Community School senior guard Elana Ingram helped lead the Bulldogs to their first fourth consecutive North Central Athletic Conference title with their win Friday at Vance Charter. The Bulldogs will be the top-seed in next week’s NCAC Tournament. 
FILE Roxboro Community School senior guard Elana Ingram helped lead the Bulldogs to their first fourth consecutive North Central Athletic Conference title with their win Friday at Vance Charter. The Bulldogs will be the top-seed in next week’s NCAC Tournament. FILE The Roxboro Community School girls’ basketball team wrapped up another outstanding regular season with a 79-72 victory against Vance Charter to lock up its fourth consecutive North Central Athletic Conference title.

The Bulldogs improved to 18-2 and a perfect 12-0 heading into next week’s NCAC Tournament. During their four-year run of dominance in the NCAC, the Bulldogs are 61-1 and winning games by an average of 37 points per game.

This was not one of those kinds of games.

The Bulldogs had to withstand a shooting barrage from the Knights as they drilled 11 threes in the game.

RCS wasn’t able to pull away from Vance Charter until the final minutes.

Reigning NCAC Player of the Year Elana Ingram had another fantastic game. The senior had a triple double, 39 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.

She got a lot of help from her backcourt mate as Te’Nisha Clayton poured in 22 points.

Madison Dunkley chipped in eight points with six boards, while Nyah Daye added six points. Mackenzie Oliver finished off the scoring with four points and five rebounds.

RCS heads into next week’s NCAC Tournament as the top-seed and will get a bye into the semifinals, where it will play the winner between Falls Lake Academy and Franklin Academy Wednesday in Roxboro.

No game time has been announced for the semifinals.

The girls championship will take place at 6 p.m. Friday at Oxford Prep.

By winning the regular season title, the Bulldogs will be the conference’s top seed in the upcoming 1A state playoffs. They have reached the 1A East regional finals the last two years, but are projected right now as the easternmost team in the 1A West. Playoff brackets are set to be released Saturday, Feb. 17.

The Roxboro Community School boys’ basketball team wrapped up its regular season with game against last-place Vance Charter Friday at home.

Results were unavailable at press time.

RCS heads into next week’s North Central Athletic Conference Tournament as the second seed and will host Vance Charter again Monday night in the opening round.

The winner will face either Franklin Academy or Oxford Prep in Wednesday’s semifinal.

If RCS wins Monday, it will host the NCAC semifinal game.

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