The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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March 4, 2014

Albemarle basketball to face Winston-Salem Prep on Wednesday

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 — Albemarle will travel to UNC-Greensboro’s Fleming Gym 8:30 p.m. Wednesday to take on two-time defending state champion Winston-Salem Prep Phoenix in the fourth round of the 1A state playoffs.

The Phoenix have won three 1A state titles in the past six seasons, winning in 2008 and then back-to-back titles the past two years.

This season, Winston-Salem Prep is 23-4 overall having won the regular-season title with an undefeated mark and the Northwest Conference tournament title.

Three seniors average in double figures for the Phoenix: guards Mike Hughes (16.4 ppg) and Aaron Lipscomb (14.8 ppg) and 6’8” center Coye Simmons (12.8 ppg). Simmons also leads the team with 8.5 rebounds per game.

“Obviously, (the seniors) have been together for a while and they are a great bunch of coachable kids,” Phoenix head coach Andre Gould said.

“We have dealt with injuries and finally have a full roster. We played a tough schedule but I would not have it any other way. It helped us get ready for the playoffs.”

Albemarle head coach Al Andrew talked about the matchup with the Phoenix.

“They are big, strong and athletic and they are good basketball players,” Andrew said.

“I told the team that there are three important keys for us: we must rebound and box out, we can not turn the ball over and we have to score points, because eventually, (Winston-Salem) will score.”

A fan bus will leave Wednesday afternoon from Albemarle High School. The cost is $3 and signups are open today and Wednesday for students and fans.

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