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Western, Eastern, Southeast girls to start states at home; all others must travel in first round

High school basketball seeds, pairings announced for state playoffs

By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Alamance County is pretty well represented in the brackets for the girls’ basketball and boys’ basketball state playoffs.

But only the girls’ teams from Western Alamance, Eastern Alamance, and Southeast Alamance are seeded high enough to begin with home games, based on pairings released Saturday by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

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First-round games will be held Tuesday night followed by Friday night’s second round. The three-week tournament wraps up with title games March 15 and 16 in Winston-Salem.

Here’s a look at where area teams are seeded and their opponents:

 

Girls’ state playoffs

Four Alamance County teams are in the Class 3-A bracket, led by Central 3-A Conference champion Western Alamance as the fourth seed.

The Warriors will welcome No. 29 seed Lee County in the first round, with a potential second-round matchup with neighboring Williams.

Eastern Alamance, the Central 3-A Conference regular-season and tournament runner-up, received the No. 15 seed with a home matchup with No. 18 seed Currituck.

Williams holds the No. 20 seed with a first-round trip to No. 13 seed Fayetteville Smith.

No. 27 seed Southern Alamance is pitted against host Southern Durham, the No. 6 seed.

  • In Class 2-A, Southeast Alamance, in its first season, will have a home game as the No. 16 seed, facing 17th-seeded Herford County with the winner possibly matched up with top-seeded North Pitt in the second round.
  • In Class 1-A, Clover Garden is the No. 18 seed with a trip to 15th-seeded Triangle Math and Science. Both teams are members of the Central Tar Heel 1-A Conference.

 

Boys’ state playoffs

Three Class 3-A teams from Alamance County – all with first-year coaches – are seeded within five spots of each other.

No. 18 seed Eastern Alamance travels to No. 15 seed Wilson Hunt.

As the No. 21 seed, Southern Alamance goes to 12th-seeded White Oak.

Williams holds the No. 22 seed, with a trip to 11th seeded East Wake.

  • In Class 2-A, Southeast Alamance holds the No. 21 seed for a visit to 12thseeded Roanoke Rapids.

Cummings, as the No. 25 seed, goes to eighth-seeded East Carteret.

On Friday, Southeast topped Cummings 63-60 in a special Mid-Carolina Conference third-place tiebreaker held at Northwood prior to the girls’ and boys’ conference tournament finals. Jerry Sims posted 32 points for the Stallions.

The two Alamance County teams shared third place, split two regular-season meetings and then both lost in the league tournament semifinals. The game was necessary to determine which team would gain an automatic spot in the state-playoff bracket, though Cummings received an at-league spot based on its power ranking.

  • In Class 1-A, River Mill is the No. 29 seed with a visit to Central Tar Heel 1-A Conference rival Southern Wake Academy (20-9), which was the league’s regular-season co-champion and tournament titlist.

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