Prep Roundup: Cougars, Tigers head toward girls’ showdown

Kenzie Martin of Southwestern Randolph goes up for a shot during last week’s victory against Trinity. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)

Southwestern Randolph and Randleman are on course for a showdown in girls’ basketball Friday night in Randleman.

The teams have split two meetings this season.

Depending on results leading up to the game, Randleman could be in position to clinch at least a share of the PAC regular-season championship.

Randleman won 55-41 on Dec. 16 at Southwestern Randolph. The teams met again in the championship game of the Davidson-Randolph Christmas Classic at Providence Grove, with the Cougars pulling out a 49-48 victory.

That began a stretch for Southwestern Randolph with four consecutive games decided by single-digit margins. The Wildcats were 3-1 in those.

There was a more comfortable result for the Cougars last week, when Caressa King’s 15 points led four players in double figures in a 65-42 home victory vs. Trinity.

Since its only regular-season loss in two seasons, Randleman put together a five-game winning streak through last Friday. Three of those outcomes were by at least 20 points.

The Tigers held a 17-1 overall record entering this week.

Friday’s game will be the last scheduled road game for Southwestern Randolph.

Also in girls’ basketball, Brecken Snotherly’s 28 points were tops for Eastern Randolph in a 61-37 non-conference trouncing of host Eastern Alamance on Friday night. That gave the Wildcats a five-game winning streak.

Boys’ basketball

Asheboro entered this week with a 4-0 mark in Mid-Piedmont Conference action. D.J Headn scored 20 points in a 76-30 romp past visiting Montgomery Central.

There are numerous challenges ahead for the Blue Comets, who’ll play four of their last six league games on the road.

In the PAC, Southwestern Randolph had four players with double-figure point totals, led by Thomas Leal’s 16 (all in the first half), to overcome Trinity in a 59-50 home triumph. That gave the Cougars a four-game winning streak after a five-game skid to pull the team to a 9-9 overall record.

Dominic Payne’s 34 points and Dylan Hodges’ 10 points accounted for most of Trinity’s offense.

Davonte Brooks of Eastern Randolph racked up 43 points and 15 rebounds in a 97-77 non-league victory at Eastern Alamance.

Providence Grove avenged a loss to Uwharrie Charter Academy by winning 70-65 on the road. That result came despite 31 points for UCA’s Ashton Troutman.


Asheboro has won another Mid-Piedmont Conference championship. This one was clinched by defeating visiting Montgomery Central 36-31 on Friday night at North Asheboro Middle School.

The Blue Comets have won four league titles in a row. The past two have come in the realigned conference.

By Randolph Record