State playoffs: Asheboro boys survive; Trinity pulls upset; Eastern Randolph advances; Randleman teams, Cougars, UCA girls move on

Camden Walker, with arm raised, and the Asheboro boys’ basketball team celebrate a victory against Carson in Class 3-A. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)

Girls’ teams from Randleman, Southwestern Randolph and Uwharrie Charter Academy and boys’ teams from Asheboro, Eastern Randolph, Randleman and Trinity won first-round games in the state playoffs Tuesday night.

The only team from Randolph County to win a road game was the Trinity boys.

Second-round games are Friday night.

Randleman’s Connor Cassidy drives to the basket against Kenyon Surratt of Burns in a Class 2-A game. (Scott Pelkey/Randolph Record)

Boys – first round

Asheboro pulled out a 72-70 victory against visiting Carson on Camden Walker’s two free throws in the final second of a Class 3-A game.

This final stretch came with the 10th-seeded Blue Comets without leading scorer Jerquarius Stanback, who left with an injury after racking up 25 points. Walker finished with 18 points.

Asheboro goes to seventh-seeded Asheville Reynolds for the second round.

** In Class 2-A, Trinity knocked off No. 14 seed Hendersonville 69-53 behind Dominic Payne’s 25 points.

The Bulldogs will be traveling again, this time to third-seeded Newton-Conover for the second round.

Sixth-seeded Randleman wiped out visiting Burns 93-69. The Tigers will be home again in the second round with a matchup vs. East Gaston.

** In Class 1-A, Eastern Randolph blew out visiting Hayesville 83-50 with Timothy Brower scoring 23 points and Nicah Taylor adding 22 points.

The Wildcats are home in the second round against No. 24 seed Mountain Heritage.

Jordin George of Southwestern Randolph is fouled as she goes to the basket against Hendersonville in the Class 2-A first round. (Scott Pelkey/Randolph Record)

Girls – first round

Fifth-seeded Randleman handled visiting Madison for a 46-31 victory in Class 2-A. That sets up the Tigers for a second-round home game against No. 12 seed Lincoln Charter.

Southwestern Randolph, the No. 14 seed in Class 2-A West Region, beat Hendersonville 39-33 with Jordin George scoring 17 points and Gracie Hodgin pulling in 13 rebounds. The Cougars go on the road for a second-round clash with third-seeded East Burke

Other teams from the Piedmont Athletic Conference weren’t as fortunate.

No. 18 seed Providence Grove lost 77-41 at 15th-seeded Forbush.

Wheatmore, the No. 22 seed, lost 58-47 at No. 11 seed North Surry.

Uwharrie Charter Academy’s JaLiyah Williams looks to make a move against Bessemer City’s Tionna Pettus in Class 1-A. (Scott Pelkey/Randolph Record)

** In Class 1-A, Uwharrie Charter Academy pulled out a 46-43 home victory against Bessemer City.

Next, the Eagles visit sixth-seeded Thomas Jefferson Classical.

By Randolph Record