EPC finals set for Saturday, Big East to play Friday night

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Conference championship implications will be at stake in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference on Saturday night.

As for the 3-A Big East Conference, that will be decided Friday.

With the North Carolina High School Athletic Association announcing Wednesday that it would delay its seeding process to Sunday afternoon, Saturday stands as the final day to complete conference tournaments.

Both Wilson County and Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools are not in session Friday, but the decision was made to contest the title games that night after an evaluation of weather and road conditions.

In the Big East, both games are to be held at the site of the highest remaining boys seed, which is No. 2 Northern Nash. The boys championship has  No. 5 seed Fike (9-14) taking on the host Knights (20-5) at approximately 7:30.

Fike’s likely only avenue into the NCHSAA postseason is to win the Big East tournament.

At 6, the No. 2 seed Hunt girls (17-6) face off with regular-season champion Rocky Mount (20-4).

While the Lady Warriors are locked into the No. 2 automatic qualifying spot from the league, they can boost their AMPR relative to other 3-A East No. 2 seeds with a victory and seize the season series from the Lady Gryphons.

The EPC postseason will be decided Saturday at Farmville Central.

Beddingfield (17-6) takes the No. 2 seed into the girls championship game and faces the  regular-season champion Lady Jaguars (19-3) at 5.

That will be followed by a matchup of the top two boys teams in the league, with No. 2 SouthWest Edgecombe (19-5) taking on the defending 2-A champion Jaguars (23-2) at approximately 6:30 p.m.

SouthWest pushed Farmville Central to the brink in Pinetops on Feb. 10 before the Jaguars claimed a 92-85 victory.