• 37°

Basketball: Playoff games postponed

Different week. Same story.

A light snowfall and the closing of schools in the area forced teams to rearrange their schedule. This time it’s the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association state basketball playoffs.

None of Rowan County’s nine boys and girls basketball teams played Tuesday, what was scheduled to be the first day of the state playoffs. All eight games — Salisbury’s and North Rowan’s boys play each other — were moved to Wednesday.

The Cavaliers are the only team from Rowan County with game experience in the last week. It was a 71-57 loss to Lexington in the Central Carolina Conference tournament championship.

Head coach Andrew Mitchell said the double-digit loss was a result of being rusty because of a weeklong layoff.

North Rowan, seeded 14th in the 2A West, battles rival Salisbury, seeded 19th, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Spencer.

“We have to be focused and defensive minded (to win),” Mitchell said. “We have to stop them defensively because they have guys that can score.

“…We’re excited about the game. We know it’s tough playing a team three times in a row and beating them, especially when they’re your hometown rival.”

North Rowan won both regular-season matchups against Salisbury.

Other teams had small chances to practice since snow and ice started to fall. South Rowan’s girls were in the gym Friday, Saturday and Monday. Though those practices were truncated.

The No. 10 Raiders’ senior-laden group doesn’t give head coach Jarrod Smith the level of concern as a younger group would ahead of a first-round game against No. 23 Asheboro.

“The girls know what they are supposed to do,” Smith said.

Also, it’s not like other teams in the area have had easy access to the gym.

“It’s not just Rowan County schools. Everybody is going to be rusty,” Smith said.

 

PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

2A girls

Forbush at North Rowan, 5 p.m. Wednesday

2A boys

Salisbury at North Rowan, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

3A girls

Carson at Northern Guilford, 6 p.m. Wednesday

Asheboro at South Rowan, 6 p.m. Wednesday

North Henderson at East Rowan, 5 p.m. Wednesday

West Rowan at Asheville Erwin, 4 p.m. Wednesday

3A boys

Carson at Ledford, 6 p.m. Wednesday

West Rowan at Weddington, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday

Comments

Crime

Police: Granite Quarry, Salisbury robberies may be connected

BREAKING NEWS

Knox Middle School closes for one day following teacher’s death

Local

County administers 800 COVID-19 vaccines as those 65 and older become eligible

Nation/World

Biden sworn in as America’s 46th president

Nation/World

Vice President Harris: A new chapter opens in US politics

Coronavirus

COVID-19 deaths outside of congregate living facilities represent growing majority in Rowan

Local

93-year-old man beaten, hospitalized after overnight attack

News

Shot in Salisbury, ‘Goodbye, Butterfly’ debuts on digital platforms

Education

KCS students staying all virtual through Feb. 15

Local

County commissioners table animal carcass ordinance until February

Local

Accommodating cyclists among concerns for Downtown Main Street Plan

Local

City approves wish list of 2021 projects, priorities

News

Justice Department won’t charge Sen. Burr over stock sales

Coronavirus

Health Department schedules first vaccination event for those 65 and older

Crime

Texas man robbed at knifepoint during stop in Rowan County

Crime

Guns stolen from apartment on Lakewood Drive

Crime

Man robs convenience store with handgun, receives $150

Local

Human Relations Council starts day of service, adopts park as part of MLK celebration

Local

Hickory volunteers donate backpacks filled with essential items, sleeping mats to Salisbury VA

Local

City to hear priorities for 2021 Federal Action Plan, approve use of $200,000 HUD grant

Crime

Blotter: Woman faces drug, child abuse charges

Coronavirus

County averaging 118 new COVID-19 cases per day in 2021

News

Political Notebook: Rep. Sasser to chair NC House Health committee in second term

Ask Us

Ask Us: COVID-19 vaccination events have required adaptations, brought frustration