RICHBURG -- The Lewisville girls do not have the upcoming Class-A state playoffs to look forward to. The Lady Lions entered the contest already eliminated from contention.
However, Lewisville took Thursday's home contest against Great Falls as a chance to look ahead to the future.
With only one senior on the roster, Lewisville finished the season with loads of momentum and a 56-52 victory over rival Great Falls.
The Lady Lions opened a 17-point halftime advantage at 34-17, but managed to survive a Lady Devils surge down the stretch.
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The Lewisville advantage grew to 44-23, but Great Falls used a swarming full-court press to force turnovers down the stretch. That allowed the Lady Devils to climb back in contention and trim the deficit to 54-49 with less than one minute remaining. However, Lewisville managed to regain its composure by sinking clutch foul shots in the closing seconds for the season-ending victory.
"I am very proud of our girls; we got after it and hustled," Lewisville coach Mary Hall said. "We are young with only one senior on the team, so we definitely have a lot to look forward to."
Erica Hefler led Lewisville with 19 points and Nedra Lynn sparked Great Falls with a game-high 25.
-- Irvin Goodwin
— HICKORY GROVE 70, WESTMINSTER CATAWBA 18 -- Hickory Grove overwhelmed the Lady Indians.
The Lions improved to 22-1 with a perfect 13-0 mark in Metrolina Athletic Conference play, while Westminster Catawba falls to 11-13 (4-9).
Hickory Grove played agressive defense throughout the night and forced the Lady Indians to turn the ball over 29 times.
The game was a tale of two offensive runs for Hickory Grove.
Leading 13-4 with one minute left in the first quarter, the Lions went on a 20-point run until Olivia Wallace scored on a layup for the Indians with five minutes to go in the second quarter.
Hickory Grove led 31-11 at halftime.
The Lions rattled off a 32-0 run in the second half to make it 67-14. The Indians' Kathleen Shannon put a stop to the run with a layup in the fourth quarter.
"Typically, we're pretty agressive defensively," Hickory Grove coach Crystal Rhodes said. "We really like to push the ball. Our defense really helped out the offense."
Westminster coach Steve Cross couldn't come up with any answers for the Lions.
"Hickory Grove has got a lot of weapons." he said. "Right now they are dominating our conference, normally beating opponents by 30 or 40."
-- James Lamberts
— HICKORY GROVE 74, WESTMINSTER CATAWBA 56-- Westminster Catawba and Hickory Grove went back and forth before the Lions pulled away.
Hickory Grove improves to 15-9 (11-2 Metrolina Athetic Conference) and is currently riding a seven-game winning streak. Westminster falls to 6-15 (4-9).
The first half was a competitive battle with Westminster Catawba's John O'Neal putting up 14 points along with teammate Ian Brandt's 12. They would go into the half trailing 36-35.
The Lions stepped up the defense in the second half, causing Westminster's offense to fizzle, and Hickory Grove's Marcus Burton took over the game, finishing with 29 points.
"He was poised, he didn't try to force it," Hickory Grove coach Jim Rhodes said of Burton's performance. "And he was just feeling it tonight."
Burton came up particularly big in the fourth quarter with 12 points.
"We disappeared in the fourth quarter," Indians coach Wes Robertson said. "We didn't play in the fourth quarter."