MORGANTON — Northwestern 3A/4A Conference bragging rights were on the line Friday afternoon, but unfortunately, neither of McDowell’s junior varsity basketball teams were able to get over the hump in a pair of losses at rival Freedom in the season finale.
Freedom 52, Lady Titans 44
In junior varsity girls’ action, the McDowell Lady Titans failed to capitalize on some opportunities late in a 52-44 loss to the Lady Patriots.
McDowell finishes the 2019-2020 campaign with a 9-5 mark overall and 6-2 in league play.
Down the entire game, the Lady Titans had some opportunities, trimming their deficits to as short as four points on multiple occasions in the second half.
Peyton McPeters tallied a season-high 22 points and seven rebounds to account for half of the offensive production. Abby McMahan and Cassie Banks added seven points each.
Faith Laws (3 assists) netted three points. Autumn Sloan and Anna Carroll had two points each.
Freedom 60, Titans 37
In junior varsity boys’ action, the Freedom Patriots ended the season with a convincing 60-37 win over McDowell.
The Patriots opened the night with nine consecutive points and that ultimately grew to a 29-12 half margin that was never relinquished.
A total of 10 Titans scored in the finale but none reached double figures. Mason Lamb (5 rebounds) had eight points. Jeremiah Ellis chipped in with seven points. Jeryah Cash and Chase Coley (5 rebounds) had four points each.
Josh Smith, Gabe Marsh, Kaiden Compton, Ethan Hensley, Alejandro Campos and Xavier Taylor finished with two points apiece.
McDowell finishes with a 13-5 mark overall, 8-4 in league play.