Westover and Freedom are 3A Region Champions
The 3A East Region Championship
Westover 54, Northwood 49
Westover HS, of Fayetteville, defeated Northwood HS, of Pittsboro 54-49 to win the 3A East Region and remained unbeaten in doing so.
Westover, (30-0), trailed Northwood, (27-3), 38-32 after three quarters, but they outscored their opponents 22-11 in the final eight minutes to take the victory and remain undefeated.
Northwood 18 8 12 11 — 49
Westover. 12 12 8 22 —54
Darius Jewell, a 5-9 160, guard, led Westover with 18 points. He was 6-11 from the floor, including 2-4 from behind the arc and 4-4 from the free throw line. He averaged 12+ ppg on the season, hitting 69-182 from the arc, good for 38%.
D’marco Dunn, a 6-4 180, guard, was hampered by foul trouble and played only 18 minutes in the game, but he did score 11 points. See a video at the bottom of this page.
Dunn, who was Coach George Stackhouse’s leading scoring for the season,hit 3-4 field goals, including 2-3 from the arc and 3-4 free throws for 11 points.
Traymon Willis-Shaw, a 6-8 200, senior forward, a three year starter and one of the team leaders for Westover, grabbed 12 rebounds in the contest and scored six points for Westover. .
Aaron Ross and Dedric Powell II, who averaged 14+ ppg, each per game for Northwood this season, scored 14 in this tough loss to undefeated Westover.
Aaron Ross is a 6-1 170, guard. In addition to his 14 points, he had four steals.
Dedric Powell II, a 6-1 175, senior guard, for Northwood grabbed nine rebounds, to go with his 14 points.
Jalen McAfee-Marion, a 6-5 180, senior forward, added eight points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Northwood
3A West Region Championship
Morganton Freedom, 58, Gastonia Huss, 56
Morganton Freedom (29-1), defeated Gastonia Huss (26-5), 58-56, to win the 3A West Region Championship.
The scored was tied 11-11 after one quarter, but Freedom took a 29-22 at the half. The game was close throughout and ended with Freedom”s James Freeman hitting the final bucket for the win.
James Freeman, a 6-4 175, senior guard, hit the game winner for Freedom. He led the winners with 19 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
Freeman played point guard last year, but he became more of a scorer this year, because that’s what his team needed.
He’s long and he’s a good athlete, with solid handles and a good stroke from the perimeter.
He averaged 19.5 ppg, 6.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game for the season.
Bradley Davis, a 5-11 165, senior guard had a big year for Freedom, averaging 22 ppg and five plus rebounds, after averaging only six points ppg last year
He shot the 3-ball extremely well this year, after putting in big time work in the off season.
Que Garner, a 6-3 185, small forward, added 10 points for the winners. He averaged 13+ ppg and around six rebounds per game on the season.
Deneil Mackins, a 6-2 170, a 6-2 senior guard, led Huss in the Region Finals with 14 points.
For the season Mackins had averages of 12.3 ppg, 7.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 2.8 steals.
He was a 43% shooter, including 33% on treys and 73% on free throws.
JJ Moore, a 5-7 145, point guard, added 12 points for Huss. He average 9 ppg for the season.
Trent Ostrander, a 6-6 215, senior forward, added 10 points for Huss in the finals. He averaged 11 ppg on 58% shooting on the season and he averaged 6.0 rebounds per contest.