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East Burke Girls Basketball Falls in State 2A Championship Game

The North Pitt Panthers won their fourth NCHSAA Women’s Basketball Championship with a 76-66 win against the East Burke Cavaliers on Saturday afternoon at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Panthers took the lead in the first quarter and never trailed the rest of the way, though the Cavaliers kept within striking distance for most of the Championship.

North Pitt was led by Jordan Speller’s 27-point, 10-rebound performance. Speller also had four assists, three steals and a pair of blocks and was named the Kay Yow Most Outstanding Player of the game.

Zamareya Jones also had a double-double for the Panthers as she posted 21 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. She was named the East Most Outstanding Player for her performance.

For the Cavaliers, Kara Brinkley had a game-high 28 points and 19 rebounds. She went 9-for-15 from the floor and 9-of-11 from the stripe and was named the West Most Outstanding Player.

North Pitt finished the season 29-3 and gave East Burke it’s only loss of the year as the Cavaliers finished the year 31-1.

North Pitt adds the 2024 Championship to their titles in 1972, 2016 and 2018. Friday was the first appearance in the Championship Game for the Cavaliers.

The NCHSAA is committed to promoting and highlighting outstanding sportsmanship and has partnered with North Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance to recognize one athlete from each team who has displayed the ideals of sportsmanship throughout the year. The 2024 NC Farm Bureau Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2A Women’s Basketball Championships were Kassie Turner from East Burke and Kenae Edwards from North Pitt.