LEICESTER – The Erwin girls basketball program earned another hard-fought victory over North Buncombe Friday evening, while the North Buncombe boys collected its eighth conference win of the season on a 42-point night from Ren Dyer.
The first matchup of the evening in the Leicester area Friday proved to be another Erwin girls (18-1, 10-1) dominating victory as the Warriors seized a 33-11 halftime lead. The Warriors continued their push in the third quarter as Jaia Wilson, 19 points, aided with two third-quarter three-point field goals. Erwin would go on to win 61-32 over North Buncombe in front of a high-energy crowd.
The North Buncombe boys (13-5, 8-3) also tallied its eighth victory in ten games thanks in large part to a high-charging first half where the BlackHawks took an 11-point lead heading into the break at 36-25. Erwin boys (10-8, 5,6) still had some life left in the tank as the Warriors slowly began to carve into North Buncombe’s lead. The Warriors would cut BlackHawks lead at 71-68 with 2:54 remaining following a three-pointer with 2:54 remaining in the game. North Buncombe’s Ren Dyer had an answer, scoring eight points in the final three minutes to help the BlackHawks claim the 80-71 victory over the Warriors.
More coverage to come on these rivalry matchups in this week’s paper edition of the Weaverville Tribune.