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Ok NPC fans. At this point who do you see being the conference champs both men and ladies. I know with boys South Iredell is looking good but even someone like a 3-8 Statesville can’t be overlooked. How is Carson and East Rowan boys doing. I know with the girls we may see Carson, N. Iredell and Statesville. Any of these 3 will be some tough competition. Looking forward for the conference to start. 

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As far as the boys this year I think it is South Iredell's conference this year. Carson, East Rowan or Statesville could make noise though. IMO I think this year is a weak year for the boys. South is not a bad team but in most 3a conferences they would not be a champion contender. It could be a year of all the teams beating each other up and the conference leader with 3 or four losses....

 

As for the ladies this is a very deep conference this year. Carson, North Iredell, West Rowan and Statesville all ranked in the top 12 in the state in 3a at moment. I think Carson probably has the best and deepest team with the most experience. NI is probably second best but foul trouble and depth will hurt them. Statesville will win some big games and lose some big games. Also think West Rowan will be same way. All these four teams have the ability to make some noise come playoff time but the west for the ladies is brutal this year. Could be like the boys with conference champ having 3 or four losses. But it is a very strong conference this year!!!!

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1 hour ago, npcfan said:

As far as the boys this year I think it is South Iredell's conference this year. Carson, East Rowan or Statesville could make noise though. IMO I think this year is a weak year for the boys. South is not a bad team but in most 3a conferences they would not be a champion contender. It could be a year of all the teams beating each other up and the conference leader with 3 or four losses....

 

As for the ladies this is a very deep conference this year. Carson, North Iredell, West Rowan and Statesville all ranked in the top 12 in the state in 3a at moment. I think Carson probably has the best and deepest team with the most experience. NI is probably second best but foul trouble and depth will hurt them. Statesville will win some big games and lose some big games. Also think West Rowan will be same way. All these four teams have the ability to make some noise come playoff time but the west for the ladies is brutal this year. Could be like the boys with conference champ having 3 or four losses. But it is a very strong conference this year!!!!

Agree 100%...boys is South's to lose probably but they will probably lose several along the way.

6:30 starts are where the action is. NI and Carson are probably the teams to beat but Statesville and West will shake some trees and even East will win a few along the way

Things start off with a bang next Tues as the NI LaLonde's come calling at the Grove. Can the little upstarts Carson keep it close against Nick Saban...oops I mean Roger Bumgartner and his squad?

All kidding aside this should be a heck of a game. Match up to watch...Makie Allen vs Carleigh Perry. Love the way both of them play. One of them will end up in foul trouble and that could be key

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If NI gets in foul trouble Carson will win. Still think Carson is deeper than NI this year but it is going to be a fun year for the ladies conference. Every game will be important this year! 

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2 minutes ago, npcfan said:

If NI gets in foul trouble Carson will win. Still think Carson is deeper than NI this year but it is going to be a fun year for the ladies conference. Every game will be important this year! 

Carson is not as deep as last year only dressed 10 during the Christmas tournament but all will play at least a little. Carleigh Perry didn't play last year due to injury and Taylor Conrad looks like a totally different player

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I hope neither team gets in foul trouble and we see the best of both teams. But as always they are teens and night to night its a different story!!! 

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Wednesday night action for South Iredell boys as they lost a tough one in OT 73-71 to Lake Norman. Also South girls would lose to Lake Nornan 48-34. Next South Iredell will play Mt. Airy on the Jan 4 then start conference action at Statesville on Jan 8. 

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Updated max preps rankings are out,,, NPC ladies has #5 Carson, #6 N. Iredell #7 W Rowan and #11 Statesville. As these teams start to beat each other up in conference play will this hurt or help their seedings come playoff time? Any thoughts?

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South Iredell boys would rebound back after losing to Lake Norman to beat Mt. Airy 59-48. South girls would lose to a very good Mt. Airy girls 62-36. Up next South Iredell will play Statesville for the start of the conference on Jan. 8. Statesville always seem to play tough at their home court. 

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Carson ladies played very well last night. Shot 17/20 from free throw line and were very disciplined on offense and defense. Carson's coach is doing a very good job with this group. North Iredell did not play well with 22 turnovers most of them unforced. They did not look in sync at all. Lack of a offense game plan hurts North iredell. Against a zone there is no movement at all. Just pass the ball till someone feels like shooting or driving. That will not cut it against strong teams. I really enjoyed watching Carson play as a team. 

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1 hour ago, npcfan said:

Carson ladies played very well last night. Shot 17/20 from free throw line and were very disciplined on offense and defense. Carson's coach is doing a very good job with this group. North Iredell did not play well with 22 turnovers most of them unforced. They did not look in sync at all. Lack of a offense game plan hurts North iredell. Against a zone there is no movement at all. Just pass the ball till someone feels like shooting or driving. That will not cut it against strong teams. I really enjoyed watching Carson play as a team. 

When they shoot the way they did last night (12 of their 18 FG were 3's) they are tough to beat. Agree completely on NI and their lack of offensive flow. Against a zone you must attack seams and collapse the D to create mismatches and open looks. NI did none of that. LaLonde was passive in 1st half as well with only 2 pts. Allen spent way too much time at the 3 pt line at the top of the key. I call them the Alabama of girls hoops... unfortunately they played just like Alabama did against Clemson last night...lol😁

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Friday's action:

Girls

Carson rolls East by 38 ...moves to 2-0

West handles South by 16.. moves to 2-0

North crushes Statesville by 31...shocker of the night...not that North won but 54-23?? That is surprising. NPCFAN...what say you?

Heading into exam week here is where we stand

Carson.   2-0

West.      2-0

North.     1-1

Statesville. 1-1

East.         0-2

South.      0-2

Boys

Carson rolls East by 21

South squeaks by West by 4

Statesville tools North by 17

Standings

Carson.       2-0

Statesville.  2-0

East.             1-1

South.           1-1

North.           0-2

West.            0-2

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Steve Johnston Im surprised like you are about North Iredell girls handling Statesville like they did. I figure Statesville would have played  North a tougher game.  Also I thought South boys would had a bigger win with West Rowan. West only having 2 wins so far if Max Preps is right. The boys conference could be like the football conference. We may see 3 teams or so that could battle out for the conference win. 

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Statesville men vs North Iredell- North was behind 10 at the half. Never really got any closer from there. Statesville has no height this year and all they do is their usual push the pace and drive and slash, drive and slash.... North did not try to slow the pace down at all (coaching mistake). North also had three post players that saw hardly any action and was not part of their gameplan(coaching mistake). Statesville is quick, fast without a true post. They are fun to watch but not an example of good fundamental basketball. North should have played a more half court game to try and control the pace cuz there was no way they were gonna be able to run with them. 

 

North Iredell ladies after playing like crap against Carson came out with a vengeance. From opening tip to the end. Pennell scored 15, with several steals, Lalonde with 15 points and 14 rebounds and they all probably played as a team the best they have played this year. They played very focused and with a mission. They were not happy with their efforts at Carson and Statesville paid the price last night. 

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