Avery High boys' basketball coach Scott Polsgrove (39-20 with the Vikings) has taken the Vikings where they've never been before.




The Vikings (26-4) moved into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 1A Western Regional championship game Wednesday night by knockng off Alleghany 40-39 at Flemming Gymnasium at UNC-Greenbsoro.


The Vikings led 21-1 after the opening quarter. They will play the No.2 seed Winston-Salem Prep (24-4)  in Saturday's championship game. Winston-Salem Prep defeated Albamarle, the No.1 seed, 82-56 in Wednesday's second semifinal game.


The Vikings, who got off to a jackrabbit start, had a tortoise finish. They 30-11 at halftime and seemed well on their way to the regional finals. But Alleghany clamped down defensively in the second half and held Avery to a mear ten points.


And the numbers don't lie. The Vikings, who shot 57% from the floor in the first half, only made 17% (4-23) of their shots in the second half.


Despite those struggles, the Vikings by Ty Polsgrove with 13 points; James Stewart finished with nine points; Jacob Waldroop had six points and six rebounds.


Avery also did a good job protecting the basketball. The Vikings only committed eight turnovers.


Fabian Santos and Austin Sprinkle paced Alleghany (22-7) with 13 points and six rebounds apiece. The Trojans were just the opposite in Wednesday night's match up.


The Trojans only hit 17% of their shots in the first half, but they were 10-20 from the floor in the second half (50%).