State playoffs: Home dates dot early postseason slates for Randolph County teams

Uwharrie Charter Academy’s Kayla Brown shoots against Randleman’s Audra Petty during the regular season. The girls’ teams for UCA and Randleman both have home games to start the state playoffs. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)


Boys’ basketball teams from Randleman and Eastern Randolph could play multiple home games in the state playoffs, while Asheboro will begin the tournament at home as well.

First-round games are set for Tuesday night. Winning teams advance to Friday night’s second round. The three-week tournament wraps up March 15 and 16 in Winston-Salem.

All the Randolph County teams are in the West Region.

Randleman (20-5) is the No. 6 seed in Class 2-A West Region, meaning a home game vs. No. 27 seed Burns to begin the postseason. The Tigers, who won the Piedmont Athletic Conference regular season and tournament, would next face No. 11 West Caldwell or No. 22 East Gaston in the second round.

Trinity (18-9) received the No. 19 seed with a trip to No. 14 seed Hendersonville in the first round. An upset there would pit the Bulldogs against either third-seeded Newton-Conover or No. 30 seed West Stanly.

Randleman and Trinity could meet in the third round.

Southwestern Randolph (10-16), Providence Grove (7-18) and Wheatmore (1-25) didn’t make the tournament field.

In Class 1-A, Eastern Randolph is set up to play at home for the first two rounds in its bid for a second consecutive spot in the state final.

The eighth-seeded Wildcats (16-10) open the tournament against No. 25 seed Hayesville. A victory in that game for Eastern Randolph would mean another home game against either ninth-seeded Mitchell or 24th-seeded Mountain Heritage.

Uwharrie Charter Academy (10-15) didn’t qualify for the playoffs.

In Class 3-A, Asheboro (22-3) is dubbed the No. 10 seed with a first-round home game against No. 23 seed Carson. A victory there for the Blue Comets would mean a second-round trip to seventh-seeded Asheville Reynolds or a home date with No. 26 seed North Davidson. Asheboro has defeated North Davidson three times this season.


Girls’ tournament

Randleman, Southwestern Randolph, Providence Grove and Wheatmore have spots on the Class 2-A West Region bracket.

Randleman (19-6), which won titles in the PAC regular season and tournament, is seeded fifth with a home game against No. 28 seed Madison. A victory would keep the Tigers at home for a second-round game against No. 12 seed Lincoln Charter or No. 21 seed Maiden.

Southwestern Randolph (23-4) claimed the No. 14 seed with a home matchup with No. 19 seed Hendersonville. The winner will be lined up against either third-seeded East Burke or 30th-seeded Monroe.

With the No. 18 seed, Providence Grove (15-11) goes to No. 15 seed Forbush. Either No. 2 seed East Rutherford or No. 31 seed Forest Hills awaits the winner.

No. 22 seed Wheatmore (13-12) head to No. 11 seed North Surry for a tournament opener. Sixth-seeded Salisbury and No. 27 seed East Davidson are potential second-round foes.

Trinity (0-25) isn’t in the tournament.

In Class 1-A, UCA (15-11) is the seeded No. 11 with a home game vs. No. 22 seed Bessemer City. The winner meets either No. 6 seed Thomas Jefferson or No. 27 seed Draughn.

Eastern Randolph (5-20) isn’t in the playoffs after making it to the third round last year.

Class 3-A member Asheboro (6-19) also didn’t make the playoffs.

By Bob Sutton