A NIGHT TO REMEMBER. Cedar Creek Middle School players celebrate after winning the MAC Girls Tournament Championship on Monday. (Times photos by Geoff Neville)
LOUISBURG -- Each one was special. Each one was different. And each one featured its own set of unique challenges and circumstances.
Add all four of them together, and you have the recent dynasty that is the Cedar Creek Middle School girls basketball program.
The Lady Jaguars have dominated the Middle Athletic Conference over the past four campaigns -- and have not lost an outing during that amazing stretch.
That also means that Cedar Creek has earned a quartet of consecutive MAC Tournament Championships -- the fourth of which was secured Monday over Vance County in the tourney finale at the Terrell Lane Middle School Gymnasium.
Using a strong defense, a size advantage in the paint and a penchant for transition excellence, the Lady Jaguars rolled to a 42-13 decision over VCMS to earn yet another title for veteran coach Bryan Perry.
CCMS never trailed after Shontalae Evans scored on a stickback at the 4:50 mark of the opening stanza of action.
Vance County followed 29 seconds later with a free throw, but the Henderson club would not score again for the remainder of the period.
Aaliyah Graham helped the Lady Jaguars extend wtih a transition layup, and the Lady Jaguars finished the first eight minutes in command at 11-1.
CCMS then opened the second period with a 9-0 spurt that featured a threeball from Graham before Vance County was able to score midway through the frame.
But the considerable damage had been done, and the Lady Jaguars were well on their way to yet another championship as they held a commanding 25-8 advantage at intermission.
Cedar Creek's defense was stifling once again right after halftime as VC mustered just one point in the third stanza.
Evans finished off the six-minute stretch with a layup off a nice assist, and the Lady Jaguars were rolling at 31-9.
The fourth quarter was nothing more than a formality, and soon the Lady Jaguars wewre celebrating their championship.
Perry emptied his bench down the stretch, allowing all of his players to see court time during the important game.
When it was over, Cedar Creek certainly knew the drill after all of these years as Perry and Company met at halfcourt to receive the championship trophy -- the fourth in a row -- from Terrrell Lane Middle Athletic Director Jason Crawford.