Patton’s Waylon Rutherford scored a game-high 29 points, and Jayden Powell scored 23 to lead the Panthers to the Northwestern Foothills Athletic Conference title with a 72-58 win Tuesday at Hibriten.

Patton (8-0) jumped out to an early lead but couldn’t shake Hibriten until a late 7-0 run over the last 1:46 of the first half to take a 33-22 lead into halftime.

The home-standing Panthers (4-3) pulled within two several times in the third quarter and finally tied the game at 46-46 just 32 seconds into the fourth quarter on a jumper by Nordre Battle, but Patton answered with a 9-0 run that took the wind out of Hibriten’s sails.

Battle led Hibriten with 21 points, followed by Daren Perry with 12. Nylan Battle and Jayvion Wilson scored six points each, while Darryn Gray and Joe Estes finished with four points apiece. Jabee Powell scored three points, and Marcus Jones closed with two.

Hibriten visited Fred T. Foard on Wednesday to close out its season. That game was originally scheduled to be played Wednesday, but the expectation of winter weather forced that game to be moved up.

Warriors 81, Cavaliers 50

Ja’Kobe Hood and Malek Patterson scored 25 points each as West Caldwell wrapped up a playoff berth with a blowout win over visiting East Burke.

The Warriors (7-2) opened the game on a 12-1 run and cruised the rest of the way to lock down second place in the NFAC.

Other scorers for West Caldwell were Lexton Ford with eight points, followed by Noah Bumgarner with six. Lucas Watson and Kalen Bowers scored five points apiece, while Isaiah Gause added three more. Truitt McKinney and Kayvin Felder finished with two points each.

West Caldwell’s next game will be in the first round of the 2A state playoffs. The NFAC is not holding a conference tournament this season.

Girls Basketball Spartans 58, Indians 42

Olivia Miller scored a game-high 30 points to pace South Caldwell in its home win over St. Stephens.

The Spartans (5-5) outscored the Indians 29-11 in the second half to blow open what had been a close game. St. Stephens led 31-29 at halftime before going cold in the third quarter.

Katlyn Wynn added 13 points for the Spartans, followed by Kaylee Anderson’s eight points. Kenley Jackson, Faith Curtis and Sharnay Dorsey all finished with two points apiece, and Sydney Austin scored one point.

The Spartans will visit Alexander Central on Friday to close out the regular season.

Local College Women’s Basketball Dolphins 68, Cobras 63

Brunswick Community College held Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute to six points in the fourth quarter in a comeback win Tuesday.

The Dolphins trailed 57-47 heading into the final period but outscored the Cobras (5-3) 21-6 to get their second win of the season.

Paola Martinez led CCC&TI with 13 points, followed by Pasiko Gvichiani with 12. Amaya Adams added 10, while Mikayla Hill chipped in with seven points. Kaitlyn Brock and Akira Jenkins finished with six points each, while Amaja Mack had four. Amiya Randals scored three points, and Nikya Lynch finished with two.

Brunswick’s Kena Parker scored a game-high 22 points.

The Cobras return to action on Saturday with a visit to Spartanburg Methodist.