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Both Hunt High varsity basketball teams and the Beddingfield girls team will be home for the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association playoffs Tuesday evening. Eight other teams in The Wilson Times readership area also received playoff bids when the brackets were unveiled Sunday, bumped back from the scheduled release on Saturday after conferences needed an extra day to get in tournament games after the snowfall last week.
The Lady Bruins, the No. 2 seed from the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, will host Providence Grove of Climax in the 2-A first round. It will be the first postseason appearance for Beddingfield (17-7) since 2016. The Lady Bruins are the No. 11 seed out of 32 teams in the region while the Patriots (13-13) are seeded 22nd.
Hunt will host a doubleheader Tuesday with the girls, seeded No. 10 out of 32 teams in the 3-A East, facing a familiar foe in 3-A Big East Conference rival Franklinton at 6 p.m. The Warriors (16-8), the Big East regular-season champion, were seeded eighth and will host C.B. Aycock (15-11), the No. 25 seed, at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Wilson Prep, despite not being able to play its 1-A Tar Roanoke Conference boys semifinals game against Weldon, earned a playoff spot in its first season in the NCHSAA. The Tigers, the No. 3 seed from the Tar Roanoke Conference, will take a 17-7 mark as the No. 19 seed to Durham to face No. 14 Voyager Academy (22-6).
Wilson Prep, which downed Northampton County in the Tar Roanoke tournament first round Tuesday, was to play Weldon in the semifinals Friday but Tigers head coach Anthony Atkinson said he was told by Weldon officials that the game couldn’t be played, along with the other boys semifinal and the two girls semifinals games, because of the weather. Instead, the plan was to go straight to the championship game Saturday with the top two seeds in both the boys and girls tournaments. Emails to the NCHSAA to inquire as to the validity of such a scenario were not answered.
The Southern Nash girls are in the playoffs for the first time since 2009 as the No. 25 seed in the 3-A East. The Ladybirds (9-12) earned a trip to Cameron to take on No. 8 Union Pines (19-7). Also in the 3-A bracket, No. 31 C.B. Aycock (11-13) will be the guest of Big East regular-season and tournament queen Rocky Mount (21-4), the No. 2 seed.
SouthWest Edgecombe will send both teams to the postseason but only the Cougars got a home game. Seeded 11th, SouthWest (19-6) will entertain No. 22 Thomasville Ledford (15-11) in the first round. The Lady Cougars (16-9) got the No. 2 seed and will play at No. 13 North Lenoir (20-5), which beat SWE in two regular-season games.
North Johnston, seeded 31st, heads to Randleman to face the No. 2 Lady Tigers (21-2) while Greene Central (14-11), No. 19 in the 2-A East boys bracket, will visit 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference rival Washington (17-8), the 14th seed.
The second round will be played Thursday, Feb. 27, at the higher seeds followed by the third round Saturday, Feb. 29