CLIMAX, N.C. (WNCT) — Farmville Central’s boys are the Class 2-A state champions times three.
The Jaguars beat previously unbeaten Hendersonville, 113-98, in Saturday’s title game at Providence Grove High School in Randolph County. Farmville Central finished the season 15-0 while Hendersonville finished 17-1.
Terquavion Smith led all scorers with 33 points for the Jaguars and earned game MVP. Farmville Central’s Jah Short and Hendersonville’s Keenan Wilkins were named as the game’s Most Outstanding Players.
Farmville Central’s third straight state title caps a run where the team was 76-2 overall, losing twice in the 2019-20 season, when the team shared the state championship with Shelby as the coronavirus pandemic canceled the state finals. It’s also the program’s seventh state title in eight overall appearances.
Farmville Central led 50-42 at the half and shot 54.5% in the third quarter to pull away and lead 82-64 after three quarters. Hendersonville had not allowed more than 82 points in a game all season prior to Saturday.
It’s the third time this season the Jaguars scored 100 or more points in a game. They beat Nash Central 100-73 on Jan. 22 and topped Northeastern 113-76 in Tuesday’s Class 2-A Eastern Regional final.
Hendersonville made a late run but could not overcome the double-digit deficit the Jaguars had built up. It’s the first time in state history a team has scored 90 or more points and lost in a title game. It’s also the most points scored by a team in a state basketball title game and the most combined points scored in a game ever.
Smith finished with 33 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. He was one of five Farmville Central players to reach double figures. Short had 23 points, seven assists and nine rebounds. The Jaguars shot 50.6% from the field.
Class 2-A Girls: Shelby 77, Farmville Central 62
Farmville Central’s girls had a tough day on Saturday in the Class 2-A state championships, falling to Shelby 77-62 in a game played at Providence Grove High School.
Shelby, the Western Regional champs, finished the season 19-0. Farmville Central, the defending co-state champs in 2-A and the Eastern Regional champs, finished 14-1. It is the first state title for Shelby.
Farmville Central’s Jordan Joyner and Shelby’s Ally Hollifield were named Most Outstanding Players. Maraja Pass of Shelby was named the game MVP.
The Golden Lions were sharp from 3-point range early but led just 39-38 at the half. A third-quarter surge gave Shelby a double-digit lead that Farmville Central was never able to recover from.
Pass finished with 31 points and eight assists to earn game MVP for Shelby. Ally Hollifield added 22 points (4-of-9 from 3-point range) and five rebounds while Kate Hollifield had 16 points and eight rebounds, connecting on three 3-pointers.
Joyner led the Jaguars with 19 points, one of four to reach double figures for Farmville Central. Janiya Foskey had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Journee McDaniel had 13 points and six rebounds and A’miya Joyner had 10 points and 15 rebounds.
Farmville Central’s boys and girls were the only area teams to make it to the state finals. Both cruised to victories in Tuesday’s Eastern Regional finals. Wilson Prep boys (beat Riverside) and Princeton’s girls (beat Northside Pinetown) are two other schools from Eastern North Carolina also in the state finals.
Farmville Central’s boys will be seeking their third straight state title on Saturday.
Games at Providence Grove High School
Class 3-A Boys
Weddington 56, Northwood 47
Class 2-A Girls
Shelby 77, Farmville Central 62
Class 2-A Boys
Farmville Central 113, Hendersonville 98
Class 3-A Girls
Jesse Carson 51, Ashboro 40
Games at Wheatmore High School
Class 4-A Girls
Vance 74, Garner 38
Class 1-A Girls
Murphy 76, Princeton 35
Class 1-A Boys
Wilson Prep 66, Lincoln Charter 58
Class 4-A Boys
Millbrook 67, Ardrey Kell 65