Beyond the Scoreboard: Carolina Day, New Manna girls win state titles

New Manna Christian School celebrates its state championship on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of New Manna).jpeg

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) – Two WNC high-school teams brought home state basketball titles on Saturday.

The Carolina Day girls basketball program won its record eighth straight championship, defeating Asheville Christian Academy 46-37 in the NCISAA 2A championship at Forsyth Country Day School.

And New Manna Christian School in Marion won the NCCSA 1A girls championship in Durham with a 49-47 victory over Southview Christian.

The Wildcats, who finished 19-8, hold the record for most consecutive state titles by a WNC team in any sport. The program is 216-29 (.881) in nine seasons under coach Joe Carrington.

Asheville Christian Academy finished 25-2 under coach John Williams. Both losses came against Carolina Day. The Lions also defeated the Wildcats 59-56 earlier this season.

Kasey Kidwell led Carolina Day with 15 points and Nautica Smiley added 10.

Jay Cruell scored 13 points and MaLeeah Langstaff had 12 for the Lions.

New Manna rallied from a 24-19 halftime deficit to win the program’s first state title. The Wind posted an 18-3 record under coach Curtis Styles.

Breigh Stewart led the Wind with 21 points, and Daylee Styles scored the game-winning layup at the buzzer.

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