Beddingfield had a couple of close calls this week but remained atop the NCPreps.com 3-A girls basketball rankings. The Lady Bruins (16-0) procured 167 votes to 140 each for Hickory and Gastonia Forestview, tied for second. Beddingfield garnered 15 of the 17 first-place votes with Hickory continuing to get the other two.
The Lady Bruins trailed Eastern Wayne by nine points with less than six minutes to play Tuesday night but pulled out a 70-58 victory. That came after Friday's miraculous 70-69 escape at Southern Wayne in which sophomore Casey Elliott hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the score while being fouled. Elliott drained the free throw with 1.7 seconds left then intercepted the Lady Saints' desperation pass.
This stretch brings to mind the recent one by the formerly top-ranked men's basketball team at the University of North Carolina. The Tar Heels survived narrow misses at Clemson and Georgia Tech before getting their first loss at home Saturday at the hands of Maryland.
With Hunt next on the Lady Bruins' schedule, Beddingfield should hope to avoid the fate that befell the Heels.
NCPreps.com girls basketball poll
NCPreps.com boys basketball poll