While Beddingfield was denied its second N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A girls basketball championship Saturday, it wasn't all doom and gloom for the Eastern Carolina Conference.
Following the Lady Bruins' 77-62 loss to Concord in Chapel Hill, Kinston nipped Trinity 60-58 to win their first state title since 1965. Senior Bo Ingram was named championship MVP for the Vikings, who lost in the finals to Concord last year. Congratulations to Wells Gulledge and his players for an outstanding season.
The rest of the scores from Championship Saturday:
1-A Girls: Bishop McGuiness 56, Pender County 43 — It is the third straight championship for Bishop McGuiness (27-6).
1-A Boys: Winston-Salem Prep 73, Pamlico County 42 — It's the first championship for Winston-Salem Prep (29-6) whose Reggie Johnson set a championship record with 23 rebounds.
2-A Girls: East Davidson 62, Graham 59 — The Lady Golden Eagles (27-4) won their first state title.
2-A Boys: West Bladen 65, Pisgah 50 — It's West Bladen's (30-2) first state championship in any sport.
4-A Girls: Fayetteville Westover 58, West Charlotte 53 — It's the first state crown for the Lady Wolverines (30-2), whose coach, Gene Arrington, played for the Virginia high school football team featured in the movie "Remember the Titans."
4-A Boys: East Mecklenburg 73, Apex 62 — The Eagles (25-8) ended the storybook run of Apex, which threatened to be the first NCHSAA champion with 11 losses.