EB50: Best Games (2001-2023)

Published | Dec 31, 2023

East Burke 22, Hibriten 12 (2003 football)

East Burke was looking for a 3-0 start after wins over Hickory and Newton-Conover but had to overcome an early 12-point lead by the host Panthers.

A 73-yard pass between Robbie Putnam and Chris Rhyder prior to halftime seemed to turn the tide for the Cavaliers.

A third-quarter touchdown run by Putnam plus a two-point conversion play pushed East Burke ahead 15-12.

The win was sealed in the fourth quarter with Putnam (146 passing yds) completing a 20-yard touchdown pass to tight end Joel Efird with Josh Bridges adding the point after kick.

Defensive efforts were made by Shawn Powell (INT) and MJ Crisp (sack).

East Burke 21, Freedom 17 (Fat Friday XXX, 2003)

A Brian Burns to Chris Rhyder fourth-quarter touchdown pass at the corner of the endzone facing the Freedom field house completed an 89-yard drive that started with 40 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Burns finished with 100 passing yards with Rhyder having 87 receiving yards to match his jersey number.

The play that started the winning drive was a hook and ladder pass between Jonathan Marsh, Rhyder, and Mitchell McGuire.

McGuire first put the Cavaliers ahead 7-0 with a rushing touchdown until Freedom gained the lead in the third quarter.

Aaron Hildebran, Brandon Gills, Shawn Powell, Shane Kendrick, and MJ Crisp were other key East Burke players in this memorable win.

This was the first of four Fat Friday wins for head coach Mike Biggerstaff in his eight seasons at East Burke and ended a six-year winning streak for Freedom.

This game was also featured on WBTV’s Football Friday Night show.

East Burke 3, Freedom 2 (2007 girls soccer, 4A state playoffs)

Both teams split in the regular season by a one-goal difference to set up this win-it-all second-round 4A state playoff matchup at the Catawba River Soccer Complex.

The Lady Cavaliers won over Ashbrook 6-0 on the road in the first round and had to come back from a 2-0 deficit to the Lady Patriots in a physically played contest.

Marissa Coburn scored East Burke’s first goal off a Liz Hawes assist, prior to halftime, with Hawes adding a second-half penalty kick to knot the score.

After back-and-forth defensive battles, Coburn scored the winning goal as time winded down off a Jordan Donnelly assist.

The Lady Cavaliers advanced to the third round falling 2-1 to 4A regional runner-up Ardrey Kell.

AC Reynolds 41, East Burke 35 (2007 football)

Despite a 22-point third-quarter outburst by the Rockets, the Cavaliers stayed toe to toe in a Northwestern 4A conference showdown.

Jake Frogge (213 rushing yards, TD), Dustin Beck (201 passing yards, 3 TD), and BJ Boughman (143 receiving yards, TD) were the EB game leaders.

An eight-yard pass from Beck to Donte Bradshaw and a four-yard run by Tyler Shatley along with Mark Bridges completing all five of his PAT kicks also aided the East Burke scoring.

The Cavaliers followed to win their next seven games, with a 24-0 Fat Friday win over Freedom and an AC Reynolds loss to Watauga to complete the regular season resulting in a three-way share of the conference championship.

The season continued on with a third round 4A state playoff home game with the powerhouse Independence Patriots.

East Burke 69, Freedom 67 OT (2008 boys basketball)

After the Cavaliers established a strong lead over the Patriots, this regular season finale turned into an intense battle that needed an extra period of play.

In the end, East Burke pulled the win out on their senior night with a Northwestern 4A Conference Championship as the reward for the victors.

Cavalier seniors BJ Boughman and Patrick Smith scored 15 points in their last regular season home game, but Cody Shuffler led the way in the clutch for East Burke with 23 points.

East Burke 73, McDowell 72 (2009 girls basketball)

Alicia Byrd, scoring 27 points, hit a buzzer-beating shot from 30 feet in a home upset win over the Lady Titans creating a first-place tie with AC Reynolds in the Northwestern 4A Conference standings.

East Burke 10, Maiden 8 (2010 baseball, CVAC tournament)

The Cavaliers rallied from a 6-1 deficit to earn a spot in the CVAC tournament championship game.

After scoring two runs in the fifth inning with giving up a run, East Burke took control from there.

The bases were loaded when walks got issued to Hal Hudson and Ethan Hull with another run forced in by Matt “Kansas” Langer.

Donnie Hughes followed by adding a hit that was dropped in the outfield to bring around two more Cavalier runs.

The win was sealed by solo home runs in the seventh inning by Hudson and Adam Byrd.

East Burke faced off with an undefeated Bunker Hill squad in the tournament championship game and held a 2-0 early lead only to fall 3-2.

East Burke 2, Draughn 1, 10 inn (2011 softball, CVAC tournament championship)

It was a 10-inning marathon that set the landscape for a competitive softball rivalry between the Lady Cavaliers and the Lady Wildcats.

Jackie Cunningham scored the winning East Burke run in the top of the tenth inning.

Dakota Icard battled in a pitcher’s dual with Draughn’s Ty Triplett as both combined for 27 strikeouts.

Haley Ervin (run), Taylor Burkhalter, Presley Haas, and Chassidy Cline all recorded an East Burke hit in this memorable win.

East Burke 2, West Davidson 1 OT (2011 girls soccer, 2A state playoffs)

This was the lone Lady Cavalier 2A soccer playoff win to date as seven EB goal scorers each made a kick in the PK rounds of overtime.

Lauren Arney, off a Kelsei Thomas assist, scored the only Lady Cavalier goal in regulation play.

Arney joined Jennifer Duckworth, Krista Stubbs, Rachel Crump, Nicole Harmon, Melissa Patton, and Alyson Berry in making a PK attempt to gain the road playoff win.

East Burke 3, Draughn 2 (2011 volleyball, CVAC tournament)

The Lady Cavaliers overcame a two-hour marathon game to advance to the Catawba Valley 2A tournament semifinals and avenge a pair of regular-season losses to the Lady Wildcats.

East Burke dropped the opening set by a 32-30 score as Sydney Haas, Alyssa Buff, Dorinda Tomlinson, and Amber Gillespie were key Lady Cavs to lift the team to a 25-21 second set win.

The third set was won by EB 25-23 while Draughn won the fourth set 25-21 to move on to a sudden-death fifth set.

The Lady Cavaliers finished on top winning the final set 15-11 as Kristen Moore, Bailey Gragg, Madison Tallent, and Tawni Haskins also contributed to the win.

South Iredell 17, East Burke 14 (2011 football)

The Cavaliers had the state-ranked Vikings on the ropes of an upset loss as EB held the hosts below their offensive season averages across the board.

Robbie McGee scored both touchdowns in the first half and held a shutout lead at halftime.

Matt Whisnant also started his first game at quarterback for an injured Matt Childers.

East Burke 69, Draughn 66 (2012 boys basketball)

This win for the Cavaliers was courtesy of a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Clay Byrd, scoring just 11 points before the game-ending shot.

East Burke held a 15-13 lead at the end of the first quarter as Draughn battled for a 32-32 tie at halftime.

Three-pointers by Byrd, Trever Hyatt (leading with 25 points), and Alex Kelly helped the Cavaliers gain a lead in a grueling second-half battle.

East Burke 54, West Caldwell 48 (2012 boys basketball, CVAC tournament championship)

The Cavaliers won two of three against a West Caldwell team that held the standard to beat, including this tournament championship game at CVCC’s Tarlton Complex.

The win also secured a back-to-back 20-win season for Jon Hancock’s fifth season at the helm of the Cavaliers.

East Burke’s biggest lead in the first quarter could only reach five points as it grew to eight in the second quarter after a Trever Hyatt 3-pointer and Joey Santos layup.

Alex Kelly, Clay Byrd, and Elijah Reese continued to add on points to build a 25-21 halftime lead.

West Caldwell was only able to tie the game twice until a 17-11 Cavalier run wrapped it up.

In both EB wins over the Warriors, Byrd and Hyatt combined to score 88 points.

East Burke 64, Newton-Conover 62 OT; East Burke 62, Mountain Heritage 53 (2012 girls basketball, 2A state playoffs)

Two key playoff wins for the Lady Cavaliers led to their first 2A western regional semifinal appearance.

Seeded 11th with a first-round win over Shelby, East Burke traveled to face their conference rivals for a second straight year in the state playoffs.

The game was tied 55-55 after four quarters of play against the Lady Red Devils while Sydney Hicks, Madison Tallent, and Lauren Arney made clutch free throws in overtime to complete the upset win.

Sydney Haas also returned to action for the Lady Cavs after missing 12 games with a broken wrist.

In their first-ever matchup with the Lady Cougars, East Burke reached a fifth road state playoff win in the last two seasons while also having back-to-back 20-win seasons for just the third time in school history.

The Lady Cavs built a 17-8 first-quarter lead off six points from Haas and three-point shots by Arney, Hicks, Tallent, and Bailey Gragg.

Mountain Heritage fought back to gain the lead three times while East Burke led at halftime 36-35.

24 of 33 second-half free-throws by Arney, Gragg, Hicks, Tallent, and Sydney & Presley Haas sealed the win.

East Burke 8, Bunker Hill 3 (2012 baseball)

The Cavaliers defeated two-time defending Catawba Valley 2A Conference champions Bunker Hill with pitcher JJ Blanton holding the Bears to four walks and three hits and striking out nine batters.

Matt Whisnant and Taylor Hallman each scored an early run for a 2-0 lead until a fourth-inning bases-clearing double by Hunter Jeffries increased the shutout lead to five runs.

Jeffries and Robbie McGee each added a sixth-inning RBI double to hold off a late Bunker Hill rally.

East Burke 61, West Caldwell 47 (2013 boys basketball)

This game was a first-place battle in the Catawba Valley 2A Conference as there were 13 first-half lead changes.

The Cavaliers took charge by building a seven-point third-quarter lead and didn’t look back en route to the win and the regular season conference championship.

Clay Byrd scored his 2000th career point that night as Trever Hyatt, Elijah Reese, Alex Kelly, and Jacob Young were key offensive contributors.

East Burke 52, Bandys 49 (2013 girls basketball)

The Lady Cavaliers finally got one over on the Lady Trojans after many close contests.

Junior Bailey Gragg was a major component returning from injury scoring 15 of her 17 total points in the second half.

East Burke came back from deficits of 7-0, 20-7, and 41-32 to make this win more rewarding.

Two free throws by Sydney Haas gave the Lady Cavs their first lead, 46-45, with Gragg making a pair of free throws and a clutch jumper by Lauren Arney, scoring a game-high 23 points, to build on the lead and clinch the victory.

East Burke 76, Draughn 72, 2OT (2014 boys basketball)

This game featured 14 ties and nine lead changes.

Jonas Bradshaw and Alex Kelly sealed the win at the free-throw line.

Bradshaw led the Cavaliers with 23 points and eight assists followed by Drake Haas (19 points, 13 rebounds) and Kelly (14 points).

East Burke 55, Avery County 54 (2014 boys basketball, Freedom Christmas Inv)

In the third-place game of the Freedom Christmas Invitational basketball tournament, Jonas Bradshaw made the winning layup at the buzzer scoring 11 total points.

East Burke 6, R-S Central 5, 11 inn. (2015 baseball)

Hunter Hise delivered a walk-off single bringing home two Cavalier runs to finish this marathon game in South Mountain 2A/3A Conference play.

Hise finished 3 for 5 with two doubles and three runs batted in.

London Page and Justin Turner scored the tying and winning East Burke runs in the bottom of the 11th inning.

Turner was the starter on the pitchers’ mound for 9 1/3 innings with five tossed strikeouts as Logan Fourshee (1 2/3 IP, 1K) earned the win in relief.

East Burke 44, Burns 33 (2015 football)

On a Cavalier edition of Monday Night Football, Brandon Clark led with five touchdown runs to boost EB for a 2-0 start to South Mountain 2A/3A Conference play.

His touchdown yardage totals were 3, 1, 4, 3, and 28 accounting for 216 rushing yards.

The other East Burke scoring play was a 20-yard inside counter run by Ryan Newell followed by Joe Duckworth tossing a two-point conversion pass to Grant Fulbright.

The visiting Bulldogs led 19-16 at the halftime break before Clark emerged with four second-half rushing scores.

Jakob Prestwood, Taiven Canipe, Christian Parson, Jordon Morettie, Dustin Barnes, Bristol Cope, Elijah Bradshaw, and Seth Gragg built a strong defensive unit to keep Burns from coming back.

East Burke finished with a winning regular season (6-5, 5-3 SMAC) finishing fourth behind Cleveland County powers Crest, Shelby, and Kings Mountain.

East Burke 27, West Stokes 21 (2015 football, 2AA state playoffs)

For just the third time in school history and the first time in the 2A classification, the Cavaliers advanced to the third round of the football state playoffs.

This win was also the 500th game for legendary Hall of Fame coach Tom Brown on the sidelines gaining his 363rd career victory.

Christian Parson sealed the win for East Burke with a diving interception to kill a momentum drive by the host Wildcats.

Brandon Clark (28-100) scored his lone touchdown run to put the Cavs ahead following a 21-21 tie in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Joe Duckworth (10/22, 124 yds) tossed two touchdown passes to Ryan Newell (7-93) while also running in a quarterback goal-line sneak.

The Cavaliers advanced to play in a competitive game with East Lincoln falling 35-14 as Clark was able to set a new East Burke single-season rushing yards record.

East Burke 48, Kings Mountain 46 (2016 boys basketball, SMAC tournament)

This was just a measure of revenge from a one-point loss to the Mountaineers in the previous week costing a shot at the South Mountain regular season conference championship.

Kings Mountain led 16-13 after one quarter while East Burke tied the score 22-22 off a steal and basket by Jonas Bradshaw.

A Devin Sechrist 3-pointer and a pair of free throws by Caleb Wright boosted the Cavaliers to lead 29-24 at halftime.

East Burke continued to lead 37-30 at the end of the third quarter with Sechrist making another 3-point shot in the period.

Down the final stretch of play, Bradshaw made two key baskets in the lane to help the Cavs maintain the lead while Christian Parson made a key steal on defense to end a late Kings Mountain rally.

East Burke 51, North Rowan 41 (2016 girls basketball, 2A state playoffs)

Just another win by the Lady Cavalier Road Warriors advancing to their first regional since 2012.

This was win number nine on the road in the last six years of competing in the 2A state playoffs.

Kieran Smith (19) and Savannah Coble (16) each scored in double figures with Smith scoring on a third-quarter rebounded putback shot to build a double-digit lead.

East Burke 2, Freedom 0 8 inn (2016 softball)

Skyler Gore blasted a two-run walk-off homer to lead her Lady Cavaliers in a county non-conference showdown winning over the Lady Patriots for the first time in two years.

Alexis Lankford also came home on Gore’s walk-off hit, just a day after hitting a 3-run homerun at county rival Draughn.

Another element to this win came from Reece Davis pitching a complete game tossing 16 strikeouts despite battling the flu.

East Burke 2, Lake Norman Charter 1 (2016 softball, 2A state playoffs)

The Lady Cavaliers earned their first 2A state playoff win since 2011 on the road in comeback fashion.

Trailing 1-0 in the sixth inning, Cora Detter connected on a two-out single to bring home Taylor Moody and Alexis Lankford.

Reece Davis (six strikeouts in a complete game performance), Jordyn Propst, Brittany Westbrooks, and Lindsey Cales were leading defenders.

East Burke also out-hit Lake Norman Charter 9-3 led by Lankford (2/3), Detter (3/4), and Propst (2/4).

East Burke 57, Freedom 50 (2016 girls basketball)

The 2016-17 season opened for the Lady Cavaliers by ending a 32-game winning streak of the defending 3A state champion Lady Patriots.

A key 12-0 third-quarter run with Reece Davis and Kieran Smith gave East Burke the lead to hold.

Smith scored 23 points, and Davis added 15 with Savannah Coble, Brooke Arney, Sydney Bowman, Ariana Hawkins, and Josie Hise being major contributors.

East Burke 72, R-S Central 56 (2017 girls basketball)

The Lady Cavaliers ended a seven-game losing streak to the Lady Hilltoppers on their way to a South Mountain 2A/3A Conference championship, their first in 16 years.

Leading East Burke scorers included Savannah Coble (25 points, four rebounds, three assists), Sydney Bowman (17 points, six rebounds, three assists), Kieran Smith (14 points, 10 rebounds), and Josie Hise (nine points).

A 75-60 win over Kings Mountain officially clinched the conference title while also earning 20 wins for the second consecutive season.

East Burke 86, Kings Mountain 55 (2017 girls basketball, SMAC tournament championship)

In just their third straight attempt at winning the conference tournament championship, the Lady Cavs conquered this moment to win their first tourney title since 2000.

This win also continued a 14-game winning streak that started at their first game in 2017.

As this game was being played at East Rutherford HS, East Burke scored 15 straight points led by five from Josie Hise.

Hise led the Lady Cavaliers with 19 points with Kieran Smith (15) and Makenzie Crump (13) scoring in double figures.

Reece Davis, Graleigh Hildebran, Brooke Arney, Sydney Bowman, Ariana Hawkins, Savannah Coble, Riley Haas, and Ashlyn Stilwell also scored points in this game.

East Burke 78, Smoky Mountain 64 (2017 girls basketball, 2A playoffs)

The season didn’t end here for the Lady Cavaliers after having a close ball game with top-seeded Smoky Mountain for three quarters but won the fourth quarter 31-16 advancing to their first 2A western regional championship game.

Sydney Bowman led the Lady Cavs with 20 points, which included making a 3-pointer and a free-throw to contribute to the fourth-quarter lead.

A layup and a pair of free throws by Savannah Coble (16 pts) gave East Burke their final lead, 53-52, with Reece Davis and Kieran Smith adding to the lead.

Josie Hise (15) and Smith (13) also scored in double figures as Brooke Arney was a key defender with six steals.

East Burke 3, R-S Central 1 (2017 softball)

The Lady Cavaliers gave the defending South Mountain 2A/3A champions R-S Central their first loss in conference play thanks to the pitching from Jordyn Propst and Chely Mull recording seven putouts.

The East Burke runs came courtesy of a Mull hit to right field scoring Taylor Moody with Kaylee Berry and Cora Detter each batting in a run.

The win started a five-game winning streak and ultimately finished fourth in the SMAC with a 10-6 mark.

East Burke 32, West Lincoln 26 OT (2017 football)

On Homecoming night, the Cavaliers earned their first win of the season in comeback fashion in overtime over the visiting Rebels.

A 35-yard interception touchdown return by Chase Childers knotted the score to extend the game as a six-yard touchdown run by quarterback Grant Fulbright clinched the win.

Fulbright posted a career-high 177 rushing yards along with adding a 58-yard touchdown pass to Ayden Lail for an early East Burke lead and lined up at kicker making two extra points.

Coby Stroud (fumble recovery), Carter Nichols (interception), Dylan Norman (fumble recovery), Josh Langer (sack), and Tyler Ashleman (sack) were leading Cavalier defenders.

East Burke 51, North Surry 41 (2018 girls basketball, 2A state playoffs)

In a rematch of the 2017 2A regional championship game, the Lady Cavaliers got revenge on their home court advancing to the third round of the 2A state playoffs for a third consecutive season.

East Burke only trailed one time in the opening quarter of play as Ariana Hawkins and Josie Hise lifted the Lady Cavs to a seven-point lead at the end of the first quarter.

Their lead expanded to a ten-point advantage at the halftime break with Graleigh Hildebran, Ashlyn Stilwell, and Brooke Arney providing the majority of second-quarter scoring.

Stilwell (18) and Arney (12) led the Lady Cavalier scoring as the second-half lead could only get as low as four points.

Hildebran, Hawkins, and Chely Mull were also noted as key defensive players.

East Burke 8, Patton 4 8 inn (2018 baseball)

This win for the Cavaliers completed a 6-2 in-county campaign while earning a win over the Panthers on the home diamond.

Lance Sigmon, Johnny Shoemaker, Greyson Hoyle, and Ayden Lail scored a run for East Burke in the top of the eighth to break a 4-4 tie.

Shoemaker’s run came off a squeeze bunt attempt and a steal of home plate.

Hunter Lewis pitched on the mound for the Cavs striking out ten Patton batters while allowing six hits and one walk.

Greyson Williams and Grant Fulbright led with two hits including a three-run homer by Williams in the third inning.

East Burke 1, Draughn 0 (2018 softball, NWFAC tournament)

Against all odds, the Lady Cavaliers pulled off a first-round conference tournament win after dropping both regular season matchups against the Lady Wildcats.

One of the many key plays of the game came defensively off a sixth-inning double play between centerfielder Lindsey Cales and catcher Graleigh Hildebran.

A first-inning double by Hildebran scoring Ashlyn Stilwell produced the game’s only run.

East Burke 52, Draughn 42 (2019 boys basketball)

Bryce Brittain scored all 14 of his points in the fourth quarter to lead the Cavaliers to a win over the Wildcats as part of a three-game winning streak in Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference play.

Brittain’s scoring output included four 3-pointers as Aaron Morrison led East Burke with 15 points and Logan Shuford scored 10 points.

Micah Chrisco, Cam Propst, and Trey Ward were others that contributed to this win.

East Burke 77, Newton-Conover 56 (2019 girls basketball, 2A state playoffs)

The Lady Cavs making another deep 2A state playoff run included a fourth matchup with Bunker Hill and this win over former conference rival Newton-Conover.

Brooke Arney built the momentum making four 3-point shots to score 16 points by halftime.

Arney finished with 25 as one of four double-figure scorers joining Josie Hise (18), Ariana Hawkins (13), and Riley Haas (11).

This win also marked the 100th career victory for Crystal Bartlett coaching her alma mater for the fourth season.

East Burke 55, Mountain Heritage 45 (2019 girls basketball)

11 of 11 second-quarter free throws by Riley Haas (5/5), Graleigh Hildebran (4/4), and Aubrie Snyder (2/2) turned the tide for the Lady Cavaliers winning their first home matchup with Mountain Heritage, the 2A state champions in the previous season.

Ashlyn Stilwell, making 10 of 12 fourth-quarter free throws, led the Lady Cavaliers with 16 points.

East Burke 71, West Caldwell 65 (2020 boys basketball)

Senior Night brought some momentum for the Cavaliers to knock off state-ranked West Caldwell giving the visiting Warriors just their second loss of the season.

Senior Logan Shuford scored a career-high 20 points with four 3-pointers in the first half and a six-for-six free-throw mark in the fourth quarter.

Luke Coble (12 pts), Cam Propst, and Seth Pruitt also contributed to the win.

East Burke 49, West Wilkes 44 (2020 girls basketball, 2A state playoffs)

The Lady Cavaliers were down but never out as a momentum boost in the fourth quarter led East Burke to advance to the third round of the 2A state playoffs for a fifth consecutive season.

Trailing by two points entering the fourth quarter, the Lady Cavaliers got their boost from a Sarah Grace Lockee layup assisted by Gracie Ruff and Ashlyn Stilwell knocking down two 3-pointers.

Riley Haas (19) and Stilwell (13) scored in double figures with Graleigh Hildebran being a key contributor.

This win marked the first time of gaining a postseason victory over a Wilkes County team.

East Burke 11, Patton 10 (2021 softball)

A county rivalry slugfest came to an end when outfielder Grace Hammack got a throw to pitcher Kayleigh Icard for the tag to record the final out of the seventh inning.

Before the last defensive stand, East Burke trailed 10-8 in the sixth inning as a Taylor Bostain home run tied the game, and Hammack scored the winning run off a double by Icard.

Hammack and Icard each had three hits as the Lady Cavalier batting order totaled 15 hits.

East Burke 65, Bandys 59 OT (2022 boys basketball)

The Cavaliers played their second overtime home game, falling to Maiden by two points in December 2021, but were able to push on through past the visiting Trojans.

East Burke led 23-20 at the halftime break but trailed 37-32 at the end of the third quarter.

The Cavaliers fired back by winning the fourth quarter 20-15 to force overtime (52-52) as a Christian Primm 3-pointer sealed the extra period win.

Logan Coffey led with 21 points, with five of his points scored in overtime, followed by Carter Crump (16) and Primm (15) scoring in double figures.

East Burke 28, Draughn 27 OT (2022 football)

An electrifying feeling was present at Danny Williams Field in a 13th showdown between the Cavaliers and Wildcats.

Draughn held a 21-14 lead at the half with no scoring allowed in the third quarter.

Two key plays to turn the tide for East Burke were a Caden Buff 80-yard touchdown run and a Ben Mast interception.

An attempted field goal by Eli Carico fell short to send the game into overtime.

After the Wildcats scored first with a missed conversion attempt, the path to victory opened up for the Cavaliers with a Mast to Darren Hammons 11-yard touchdown pass and Carico booting in the point after kick.

Buff led the East Burke offense with 151 rushing yards followed by Levi Coble and Jacob Dellinger scoring a touchdown run.

Luke Wilson, Diego Ramos, Corbin McNeil, Asher Gebhard, Michael Hathcock, Hayden Parker, and Mason Robison were leading Cavalier defenders.

East Burke 60, Freedom 56 (2022 girls basketball)

The Lady Cavaliers rallied from 15 points down in the first quarter at home to pull off this monumental win in the long-storied rivalry with the Lady Patriots.

Each team scored 11 second quarter points as Freedom led 33-18 at the halftime break.

East Burke followed, winning the third (16-4) and fourth quarters (26-19).

Braelyn Stilwell (15), Kara Brinkley (14), and Kassie Turner (12) led in scoring while Aubree Grigg led with 20 rebounds and six blocked shots.

East Burke 59, Newton-Conover 57 (2023 girls basketball)

A Kassie Turner fourth-quarter 3-pointer sparked the Lady Cavs comeback rally after trailing by six at halftime to tie the score 43-43 at the end of the third quarter.

Aubree Grigg (22 points) and Braelyn Stilwell (19 points) also played crucial roles in the comeback rally.

East Burke met the Lady Red Devils four teams that season including winning both times on the home court (in overtime to open 2023 and third round of the 2A playoffs).

East Burke 49, Randleman 42 (2023 girls basketball, 2A state playoffs)

The Lady Cavaliers knocked off the number-one seed in the 2A state playoffs to return to the regional championship game for the first time since 2017.

There were seven lead changes in this highly competitive contest as East Burke took their final lead in the third quarter after an Aubree Grigg basket.

Lady Cavs underclassmen Kara Brinkley (19) and Braelyn Stilwell (17) led in scoring, which included combining to go 10 for 14 at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

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