Beyond the Scoreboard: Last two WNC teams fall in state semifinals

Seniors Hali King (left) and Ciera Chandler finished their careers at Mountain Heritage on Saturday with a 27-2 record. (Photo courtesy of Mountain Heritage)..jpg

(WLOS) – For the 11th straight year, no public-school team from Western North Carolina will win a state title.

The area’s last two chances for a championship lost Saturday in the Western Regional finals in Winston-Salem – 2A Mountain Heritage fell to North Wilkes 51-48 and 1A Murphy dropped a 46-35 decision to Mount Airy.

The Cougars (27-2) led 37-33 after three quarters but North Wilkes used a 12-2 run to take control in the final period.

Mountain Heritage struggled offensively against the North Wilkes’ 1-3-1 zone, shooting just 27 percent from the floor and making just 5-of-25 3-pointers.

Cierra Chandler led the Cougars with 25 points.

Murphy (27-20 also struggled offensively, scoring just 10 points in the second half and none in the final five minutes of the fourth period.

The Bulldogs lost in the playoffs to top seed Mount Airy for a second straight season. The defending state champion beat Murphy in the fourth round last season.

Jessica Beckner led Murphy with 13 points.

Alyssa Cox had 15 points for Mount Airy.

The 2007 Smoky Mountain girls was the last WNC public-school team to win a state title.

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