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Basketball races hit key stretch for county teams

By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

There are three weeks remaining in the regular season for high school basketball teams in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

Girls’ teams from Alamance County are in better shape than the boys’ teams in most cases.

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Here are how conference races are shaping up for these teams:


Central 3-A Conference

The girls’ teams from Western Alamance and Eastern Alamance are atop the league standings, and they meet Tuesday night at Western.

The Warriors (6-1 in league play) beat Eastern (5-1) in the first meeting in a January 5 matchup that began Western’s current seven-game winning streak.

All other teams have at least three conference losses. Williams is fifth among the seven teams at 3-4, while Southern Alamance is next at 2-5.

Southern has work to do, but with an 8-11 overall record there’s still hope with the upcoming stretch.

“It’s going to decide our postseason hopes,” Southern girls’ coach Will Robinson said.

For the boys, catching first-place Orange (7-0) is going to be a chore, though the next three teams are Eastern (4-2), Southern (4-3) and Williams (3-4). Western (2-5) sits in sixth place.

Close games have been the norm across the conference, giving possibilities for more shifts in the standings.

“There’s relatively few games that have been blowouts,” Southern boys’ coach Dylan Eppley said.


Mid-Carolina Conference

Southeast Alamance’s girls won two of three league games last week, but the loss came to first-place Seaforth.

So Southeast, at 9-2 in conference games, is in second place, but two games behind Seaforth in the loss column and just a half-game ahead of Northwood. The Stallions would need to beat Seaforth in the February 9 rematch in the home finale and get some help to at least share the title.

The Stallions don’t have another Mid-Carolina Conference game until Friday, but there’s an interesting non-league matchup against visiting Western Alamance set for Wednesday night.

Graham is in seventh place at 3-7 among nine teams, while Cummings is winless.

For the boys, Cummings is hanging in there at 8-2 in league play and in third place behind Northwood (10-0) and Chatham Central (9-1).

The Cavaliers have won four games in a row and they have back-to-back meetings with the top teams, going to Chatham Central on February 6 and playing Northwood at home three nights later.

Southeast won its past two games to move to 5-6 in league action to hold fifth place. Graham is winless in conference games.


Central Tar Heel 1-A Conference

The Clover Garden girls are in third place among seven teams with a 5-2 league record, so there’s a chance that the Grizzlies can catch Chatham Charter (6-0) and/or Triangle Math & Science (6-1).

River Mill holds fourth place.

On the boys’ side, River Mill at 4-3 in league play and Clover Garden at 3-4 are jockeying for position in the middle of the seven-team standings.

Those teams meet Friday night at Clover Garden, with River Mill aiming for a season sweep.

Chatham Charter and Southern Wake are in the best spots with just one conference loss.

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