Hickory High junior guard Yazmen Hannah stepped up big Saturday afternoon as the Red Tornadoes (29-0) marched their way to the Class 3A state title game by knocking off Canton-Pisgah 66-57 in the NCHSAA Class 3A Western Regional finals at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center.


Hannah poured in a game-high 30 points to pace Hickory. She was 10-15 from the field and 9-12 from the free throw line. She erupted for 20 of her points in the second half.


The Red Tornadoes (29-0), the No. 1 West seed, will face East No. 1 seed Chapel Hill (31-0) for the state 3A title on Saturday at 5 p.m. at North Carolina’s Dean Smith Center.


Hannah, who was named the regional's Most Valuable Player ignited an 11-0 run with her team trailing 57-55 with a little more than 90 seconds left in the game. Her three ball with 1:28 to go gave the Red Tornadoes a 58-57 lead and they never trailed again.


Danasia Witherspoon finished with 11 points; Brittany Dixon had ten for the Red Tornadoes. Brooklyn Allen led Pisgah (28-2) with 24 points.






Gabe Logan found Khris Gardin at the right time and it paid off for the Freedom High boys' basketball team as they marched their way into the NCHSAA Class 3A Regional championship game Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.


The Patriots (29-1) will play North Forsyth (22-8), the No.8 seed, in the championship game at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center.


Gardin's three ball from the top of the key on Logan's feed with 2.1 seconds left gave Freedom a 63-60 win against Weddington Saturday afternoon. That shot staved off a huge comeback by Weddington.


The Patriots led 59-49 with 3:40 left thanks to a pair of threes by Gardin---his first field goals of the game. But the No.2 seed Warriors (27-3) battled back to take just their second lead of the night with 1:25 left on 11 straight points capped by a pair of free throws.


But Logan and Gardin saved the day for Freedom, which hasn't won a state championship since 1997-98, when current head coach Casey Rogers was a point guard on that team.