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Basketball: North boys playing, SPC games up in the air

The Central Carolina Conference made it simple Thursday when deciding to play tie breaking games. The South Piedmont Conference made a mess.

North Rowan and Lexington — co-champions of the CCC — will meet at 7 p.m. at Lexington to determine which gets the league’s top seed for the upcoming N.C. High School Athletic Association basketball playoffs.

The Cavaliers and Yellow Jackets combined for only two losses against the CCC. Those losses, however, were to each other. North Rowan will be in its home jerseys because for it was the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament after a blind draw.

North Rowan athletic director Ben Hampton said the schools explored the idea of playing at a neutral site, but that option was taken away when Davidson County closed schools for Friday.

The girls conference
tournament championship game between No. 1 East Davidson and No. 2 North Rowan was canceled. That game had no bearing on seeding for the state playoffs and was for nothing more than a banner.

Meanwhile, there was mass confusion in the SPC. Shortly after Cabarrus County Schools decided to close Friday, the tiebreakers for the girls and boys were called off and the ties were broken.

Because the East Rowan and Hickory Ridge girls split the regular-season series and the Cox Mill and Hickory Ridge boys did the same, the head-to-head tiebreaker was not usable. An email from league commissioner Sandy Torrance to school athletic directors said the ties were broken comparing records against other teams in the league.

The girls tie went all the way down to fifth-place West Rowan. The Mustangs gained the No. 2 seed for the girls basketball playoffs because they swept the season series with the Falcons. The Ragin’ Bulls had one loss to the Falcons and were named the No. 3 seed.

In the boys, Cox Mill gained the No. 1 state playoff seed because it swept fourth-place West Rowan. Hickory Ridge had one loss to the Falcons, and it gets the league’s No. 2 seed.

Later in the evening, there was an attempt to get clearance from the Cabarrus County superintendent to play the boys and girls tiebreakers at Northwest Cabarrus. As of press time, a decision on that was not known.

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