Prep basketball: Teams set to embark on state playoffs

Sean Adkins of Southwestern Randolph shoots over Wheatmore’s Kamdyn Wood in last week’s PAC Tournament. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)

Randleman’s girls and Eastern Randolph’s boys teams are the highest-seeded teams from Randolph County in the basketball state playoffs.

The playoffs begin Tuesday night. All of the teams from the county are in the West Region.

Second-round games will be Thursday night and third-round games Saturday, all slated on the courts of the higher seeds.


In Class 2-A, Piedmont Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament champion Randleman (24-1) is the West Region’s No. 1 seed with a home game against No. 32 seed Bandys (11-14).

Three other PAC teams are in the Class 2-A field.

Southwestern Randolph (18-8), seeded 15th, is home against West Lincoln (15-10). No. 22 seed Trinity (12-13) goes to No. 11 seed North Wilkes (22-5), while No. 25 seed Wheatmore (6-14) travels to eighth-seeded East Rutherford (25-2).

In Class 1-A girls, Eastern Randolph (17-7) is the No. 5 seed with a home date with No. 28 seed South Davidson (10-13). Uwharrie Charter Academy (11-15) is the No. 23 seed with a visit to No. 10 Christ the King (13-8).


Eastern Randolph (24-2) already has the winningest team in program history and owns the PAC regular-season and tournament titles. Next, the third-seeded Wildcats will play No. 30 Cherryville (12-12) at home in the Class 1-A first round.

UCA (7-18) slid into the field as the No. 31 seed in Class 1-A, going to No. 2 seed South Stokes (22-4).

In Class 2-A, Southwestern Randolph had a strong late-season stretch and holds the No. 9 seed and a home matchup with Burns (12-12). The Cougars had a 10-game winning streak before a PAC Tournament semifinal loss to visiting Trinity by one point.

No. 15 seed Trinity (20-7), which lost to Eastern Randolph in Friday night’s tournament final, is home against No. 18 seed Newton-Conover (15-12) in Class 2-A. As the No. 20 seed, Randleman (15-11) heads to No. 13 seed High Point Andrews (17-9).

In Class 3-A, Mid-Piedmont Conference regular-season champion Asheboro is seeded No. 7 with a home game against No. 26 seed North Henderson (14-13).

By Bob Sutton