Playoff scoreboard: New Hanover girls basketball survive and advance

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Girls basketball (third-round)

4A playoffs

  • No. 4 New Hanover 56 No. 5 Durham-Hillside 50

The Wildcats memorable run through the state playoffs continued on Saturday night at Brogden Hall as New Hanover kept its season alive with a 56-50 result over Durham-Hillside.

Ayonna Cotten, right, had a big game for New Hanover on Saturday. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams.
Ayonna Cotten, right, had a big game for New Hanover on Saturday. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams.

After going just 2-of-11 from the field in the second round of the tournament, Ayonna Cotten bounced back in a big way. The senior knocked down six treys in the win and finished with a game-high 24 points.

Cotten hit four long range shots in a high scoring opening period to help the Wildcats grab a 21-14 advantage after eight minutes. New Hanover maintained a two possession lead at the break and used two more baskets from beyond the arc by Cotten late in the third quarter to give the orange and black a 43-35 cushion moving into the final frame.

Durham-Hillside closed the gap to within two with three minutes left in regulation and tied the game, 47-47, before Kayleigh Merrell hit back-to-back buckets down the stretch for a Wildcats lead it would not relinquish. The senior added 10 points in the victory.

New Hanover improved to 26-3 overall to make it to the final eight in the state among 4A contenders. The Wildcats travels to top-seeded Southeast Raleigh on Tuesday, Feb. 28 for a chance to earn a spot in the 4A East Regional Final.

3A playoffs

  • No. 1 Northern Guilford 61 No. 7 Topsail 25

2A playoffs

  • No. 9 Northside-Jacksonville 76 No. 3 North Brunswick 52

North Brunswick saw an incredible run come to an end on Saturday night as the Scorpions finished the season with a 23-4 record.

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