High school basketball: First-round games
Tuesday’s first-round playoff games:
(24) East Rowan girls at (9) Asheboro
Asheboro (20-7) went 8-4 to take second place in the Mid-Piedmont Conference and is a hot team that won the conference tournament.
Asheboro is young. The team’s top players include sophomores Diamond McDowell and Tanesha Ellison.
Adalie Harrison leads the Mustangs (14-12) with 10.8 points per game. East will be without standout freshman Mary Spry, who leads the Mustangs in rebounding.
(17) West Rowan girls at (16) Statesville, 6 p.m.
These are all-too-familiar North Piedmont Conference rivals who split their regular-season match-ups, tied for third in the regular season and did not meet in the conference tournament. West was upset in the the first round by East Rowan. Playing at home, Statesville (20-6) beat Carson in the tournament final.
West has been the better offensive team, while Statesville has been the better defensive team.
Home-court advantage is huge for Statesville. The Greyhounds are 12-1 at home. The only home loss was to North Iredell.
Abigail Wilson (22.0 ppg.) is the top scorer for the Falcons (19-6). Tyaysia Sharpe and Danasia Gray usually lead the Greyhounds.
(30) Southern Guilford at (3) Carson girls, 6 p.m.
Southern Guilford (10-13) finished seventh in a seven-team league with a 2-10 record, but it was apparently a very strong league.
Southern Guilford nearly upset Asheboro in the Mid-Piedmont Conference tournament.
Top players for the Storm are Kassidy Heath and Ariyah Wheless, who scored 30 against Asheboro.
McKenzie Gadson (13.9 ppg.) leads the Cougars (24-2).
(22) South Rowan girls at (11) R-S Central
R-S Central (16-10) was co-champion of the Southwestern Conference, along with East Rutherford, posting an 8-2 conference record.
In the conference tournament, R-S Central lost to East Rutherford, 55-54.
Jada Logan averages a double-double for the Hilltoppers, who play in Rutherfordton. The other key scorers are Maddie Gillie and Jada Wilkins.
Janiya Downs (31.9 ppg.) is the leader for the Raiders (13-12) and is the No. 2 scorer in county history.
(31) Fred T. Foard at (2) Salisbury girls, 6 p.m.
Fred T. Foard (12-14) placed fourth in the Northwest Foothills Conference with a 6-6 record.
Freshman Alexis Wolgemuth led the Tigers in their conference tournament loss to East Burke. Paiden Dula is another standout for the Tigers.
Bryanna Troutman (16.6 ppg.) is the leading scorer for the Hornets (22-4).
(19) Community School of Davidson at (14) North Rowan girls, 6 p.m.
The CSOD Spartans (15-11) finished fifth in the PAC 7 (which has eight teams, for some reason) with an 8-6 record.
Lauren Whitley, a 5-foot-11 guard, is a standout for the Spartans.
Hannah Wilkerson (16.0 ppg.) is the top scorer for the Cavaliers (16-11), who won the Yadkin Valley Confernce Tournament.
(30) Carolina International School at (3) North Rowan boys, 7:30 p.m.
The Carolina International School Comets (8-17) hail from Concord. They went 3-11 in the eight-team PAC 7 and tied for sixth place. That’s a league that included some stout teams such as Community School of Davidson, Mountain Island Charter. Queens Grant and Pine Lake Prep.
CIS has size in 6-foot-8 Denzel Smith. Other standouts are Tamauri Smith and Keion McCurren.
Brevin Goodlett (19.2 ppg.) and Dayjuwon Cooke (17.1 ppg.) pace the scoring for North Rowan (24-2), regular season and tournament champs in the YVC.
(19) Salisbury boys at (14) Mount Pleasant, 7 p.m.
Mount Pleasant (21-5) took second place in the Rocky River Conference with an 8-2 record.
The Tigers finished behind Forest Hills, one of the strongest teams in 2A. Three of the Tigers’ losses were to Forest Hills.
Mount Pleasant has tremendous size in 6-foot-8 Ryan Bonnett, 6-7 Hunter Sloop and 6-6 Shane Fernald, plus a high-scoring guard in Keim Moore.
West Rowan came close to winning against Mount Pleasant in Mount Ulla recently, which should be encouraging for a Salisbury team that was up-and-down in the Central Carolina Conference Tournament.
Cameron Gill (10.6 ppg.) has been a leader for the Hornets (17-8) on both ends of the floor.
(22) A.C. Reynolds at (11) A.L. Brown boys, 6:30 p.m.
The Rockets from Asheville (16-10) went 9-7 and tied for fourth with Enka in the Western Mountain Conference, a league that put seven of its nine teams in the state playoffs.
The Rockets are a hot team that won the conference tournament.
Guard Tyler Parton is the top scorer for A.C. Reynolds, and Jalen Crowder and 6-foot-5 Ethan Hefner also average double digits.
Pacing the scoring for a young bunch of Wonders (19-7) are sophomore Amare Haynie (17.2 ppg.) and freshman Kheni Briggs (13.9 ppg.)
(4) Davie County has a first-round bye in a 24-team 4A West boys bracket and won’t play until Thursday.