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Thursday’s second round of games in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association playoffs significantly whittled down the number of teams remaining from The Wilson Times readership area.
Heading into Saturday’s third round, or regional quarterfinals, only three area teams remain of the eight that began second-round action.
In addition to the Hunt High girls and Southern Nash boys, Greene Central, the defending NCHSAA 2-A East region champion, reached the third round with an 82-58 win over No. 15 South Granville. As a result, the Rams (21-7), in the first season of head coach Theodore “Blue” Edwards, will welcome in the high-octane, 3-point shooting party that is Kill Devil Hills First Flight, for Saturday’s third round.
First Flight, the No. 10 seed, (20-8) advanced to the third round with a 69-63 victory over No. 7 South Columbus.
The other four area teams in the field had their seasons ended, as boys and girls teams from Fike and SouthWest Edgecombe were eliminated.
Fike’s boys, as the No. 12 seed, were eliminated with an 83-74 loss at No. 5 Southern Lee that ended the Demons’ campaign at 18-10. The Lady Demons, after springing an upset of No. 6 D.H. Conley as the No. 27 seed Tuesday night, did not repeat the feat against No. 11 Cameron Union Pines, falling on the road 50-41.
Jeff Nelson’s second Fike girls team ended the year with a 13-12 record.
SouthWest Edgecombe found itself unable to repeat its own first-round magic in the 2-A bracket. As the No. 25 seed, the Cougars upset No. 8 Southwest Onslow in the first round. But a trip to No. 9 Kinston yielded no such fruit for the Cougars, who fell 59-45 to end their season at 15-14.
Sandra Langley, the winningest girls basketball coach in NCHSAA annals, saw her No. 15-seeded Lady Cougars fall 68-37 to No. 2 Bertie on Thursday night. Langley’s latest SouthWest edition concluded matters with a 20-7 mark.