BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS: Lady Mountaineers beat Mountain Island Charter; advance to play Avery in Round 2
LEDGER – The Mitchell High School Lady Mountaineers basketball team advanced in the NCHSAA Class 1A State Playoffs Tuesday, Feb. 26, with a 61-46 first-round win over the Mountain Island Charter Raptors (12-11) in Ledger.
The win sets up a second-round contest with the Avery Lady Vikings at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in Newland. No. 15-seed Mitchell (16-10) has played No. 2-seed Avery (19-6) three times – twice in the regular season and once in the Western Highlands Conference Tournament – and has fallen short of a victory each time.
In the first-round win over No. 18-seed Mountain Island Charter, Mitchell sophomore Paige Johnson scored a team-high 15 points. Junior April Huskins, and sophomores Jill Pittman and Marley Cloer scored 10 points each to round out four Lady Mountaineers who scored in double figures.
Mitchell makes the short trip to Newland to face a Lady Vikings’ team that easily defeated No. 31 seed Winston-Salem Prep in the first round by a score of 79-21.