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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

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