Last year the East Rutherford Cavaliers had Shelby’s number. The Cavs swept their two regular-season meetings and defeated the Golden Lions in the SMAC tournament championship game. This season, however, the roles are reversed.
The 2012-13 Golden Lions (24-3) have owned the Cavaliers (21-6) in their three meetings this year, handing East Rutherford half of their losses on the year.
Tonight the conference rivals face off in the second round of the state playoffs. After tonight, the season is over for one of these two western North Carolina powers.
Twice this season the Cavs have come within three points of Shelby, but each time they’ve headed into the locker room with a loss.
If there’s comforting news for the Cavaliers, it’s the fact that last year’s Shelby team that found themselves in the same situation, found a way to overcome the East Rutherford in the playoffs. That Shelby win came in the Western Regionals in Greensboro, tonight the battle will happen on Shelby’s home floor.
The second-seeded Golden Lions reached the second round by virtue of an 87-55 win over Bunker Hill Monday night while the seventh-seeded Cavaliers downed Madison 82-36.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Shelby High.
Lady Hilltoppers head to Hickory
HICKORY — After a 68-58 win over Fred T. Foard Monday night, the R-S Central Lady Hilltoppers are set to face the top-seeded Hickory Red Tornadoes tonight in Hickory.
Central’s Alyssia Watkins paced the Hilltoppers (17-10) with 26 points in Monday’s win while three others scored in double figures.
The Red Tornadoes (25-2) out of the Northwestern Conference is no stranger to a balanced attack. They had four double-figure scorers of their own in their 78-53 win over Ashbrook Monday night.
Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. tonight at Hickory High School.
Lady Cavs set for Round 2
CANTON — Tonight the East Rutherford Lady Cavs travel to Canton for a second-round matchup with the Pisgah Lady Bears.
The fifth-seeded Cavs (20-7) rode incredible guard-play from Rachel Camp and Shay Dewberry to a 64-50 victory over Owen Monday night at home.
The fourth-seeded Bears (22-6) earned another home game with a 65-37 pounding of West Lincoln in the first round.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Pisgah High School.