State playoffs: Randleman, Eastern Randolph boys win in second round

Eastern Randolph’s Camden Jones goes in for a layup against Mountain Heritage in a Class 1-A game. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)

RANDLEMAN – Two boys’ basketball teams from the Piedmont Athletic Conference are moving on in the state playoffs.

Randleman and Eastern Randolph won Friday night in the West Region’s second round.

Connor Cassidy of Randleman shoots against East Gaston during the Tigers’ second-round victory in the Class 2-A state playoffs. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)

In Class 2-A, Randleman defeated No. 22 seed East Gaston 63-46 behind Greg Price’s 21 points and Tyshaun Goldston’s 18 points.

The sixth-seeded Tigers (22-5) next go to third-seeded Newton-Conover for Tuesday night’s third round.

Also, No. 19 seed Trinity received 40 points from senior guard Dominic Payne, but those weren’t enough in an 85-71 loss to Newton Conover.

Brandon Campbell added 13 points for the Bulldogs (19-10).

In Class 1-A, Nicah Taylor rolled up 38 points as Eastern Randolph blasted No. 24 seed Mountain Heritage 81-36.

Timothy Brower had 14 points for the eighth-seeded Wildcats (18-10), who visit top-seeded South Stokes (27-1) on Tuesday night.

In Class 3-A, No. 10 seed Asheboro dropped an 87-53 decision at seventh-seeded Asheville Reynolds.

The Blue Comets (23-4) were without standout Jerquarius Stanback, who was injured three nights earlier when he took a hard crash to the floor in a first-round victory.

Randleman’s Bella Byman drives against Lincoln Charter in the second round of the Class 2-A state playoffs. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)

Girls’ basketball

Randleman’s 15-game winning streak ended with a 53-38 home loss to 12th-seeded Lincoln Charter in Class 2-A.

The fifth-seeded Tigers (20-7) were led by Audra Petty’s 15 points.

Also in Class 2-A, third-seeded East Burke blew past No. 14 seed Southeastern Randolph 72-39. The Cougars ended with a 24-5 record, with the only three losses since November coming against Randleman until the states.

In Class 1-A, No. 11 seed Uwharrie Charter Academy was on the wrong end of a 63-35 result at sixth-seeded Thomas Jefferson Classic. The Eagles ended the season with a 16-12 record.

By Randolph Record