MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Even though the calendar says January, Alexander Central got a head start on spring cleaning Friday, sweeping NPC foe Lake Norman in the Friday Night Frenzy Game of the Week.
When the girls got things started shortly after 6:00 pm, it looked like Lake Norman was going to defend its home turf. The Lady Wildcats took a 24-17 lead into the locker room. Lake Norman controlled the second quarter, holding the Cougars to just seven points in the period.
Unfortunately for Lake Norman, Alexander Central surged out of the locker room, looking like the team that had won three of its last four games. The Cougars rallied to tie the game at 31 heading to the final quarter. From there, Alexander Central pulled away, knocking down clutch foul shots to preserve a 47-43 victory.
When the boys took to the court, all eyes were on Lake Norman’s Hunter Seacat. The Wildcats’ big man is committed to play at William & Mary starting in 2015, and his role has increased following the loss of Kishawn Pritchett due to injury. On Lake Norman’s second trip down the floor, Seacat made a move inside, drawing a foul. Following a three-point shot by Lake Norman, Alexander Central’s Ty Ireland knocked down his first big shot of the night, tying the game at five.
Both teams battled in an ugly back-and-forth battle throughout the first half, with neither team leading by more than six points. Lake Norman’s defense smothered the visiting Cougars, holding Alexander Central to just 36.4% from the field in the first half, highlighted by Seacat’s three huge blocks in the first half. Seacat’s defensive presence was as big as his frame for Lake Norman, with the forward finishing with seven blocks.
After the break, Alexander Central channeled some of the Lady Cougars’ mojo from the first game of the night, outscoring Lake Norman by six in the third. Alexander Central led 33-29 going into the final quarter.
Central’s Ty Ireland stepped up down the stretch, knocking down some clutch free throws to ice the game for the Cougars at 43-39 with less than five seconds remaining.
Alexander Central has now won four-straight games, improving to 12-6 overall, 6-2 in the North Piedmont Conference.