Prep girls: Tigers, Cougars stay on pace atop PAC

Nevaeh Staples of Uwharrie Charter Academy goes up amid Wheatmore defenders in last week’s Piedmont Athletic Conference girls’ basketball game (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)

Randleman and Southwestern Randolph have separated themselves from the rest of the Piedmont Athletic Conference in girls’ basketball.

They carried winning streaks of seven and five games, respectively, into this week.

The regular season for PAC teams ends Feb. 15.

Randleman won a pair of games to remain atop the PAC last week.

The week ended for the Tigers with a 43-39 escape at Wheatmore, with Audra Petty collecting 20 points and 11 rebounds and Chenleigh Robinson chipping in with 10 points.

Kynnedi Routh had 19 points for Wheatmore.

Earlier last week, Randleman’s 55-7 defeat of Trinity came with Petty’s 18 points.

** Southwestern Randolph continued its stellar season by overwhelming a pair of opponents on the road.

Southwestern Randolph rolled past host North Moore 61-12 with Maddie Strider’s 18 points leading the way in the non-league game. Then at Trinity, the Cougars were in control for a 61-14 triumph to remain in second place in the PAC.

** Uwharrie Charter Academy had a couple of PAC victories that were largely defined by defense. The Eagles topped Wheatmore 37-30 with Nevaeh Staples scoring 13 points.

Staples then had 15 points when UCA upended visiting Providence Grove 55-44.

** Providence Grove used Brooke Ingram’s 20 points and Mailey Way’s 14 points in a 58-35 victory against visiting Eastern Randolph.

** Asheboro remained winless in Mid-Piedmont Conference play with a 63-48 home loss to Oak Grove. That put the Blue Comets’ losing streak at four games.

By Randolph Record