Then there were three
Despite the R-S Central boys and Thomas Jefferson girls falling in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSSA) state basketball playoffs, Rutherford County still has three dogs in the fight.
The East Rutherford Lady Cavaliers (21-2) won their 20th-stragiht game Monday night with a 60-44 win over Draughn in the first round to set up a date with Surry Central (19-6) tonight at East Rutherford. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m.
Surry Central, the No. 13 seed, downed Maiden, 69-49, in the first round Monday night. Senior guard Cassidy Joyner led the Lady Golden Eagles with 21 points including five 3-pointers in the win.
East Rutherford’s Rachel Camp scored 27 points, surpassing 3,000 career points in the process, Monday night against Draughn. But unlike Surry Central, who had three players in double figures, Camp was the only Lady Cavalier to score more than nine points in the first round.
The winner of Wednesday night’s game will face the winner of Parkwood/Thomasville on Friday.
The East Rutherford varsity boys easily bypassed Wilkes Central on Monday with a 93-49 home win, but face a tough task in the second round when they travel to the No. 6 West Stokes Wildcats (19-6).
The Wildcats downed East Burke, another South Mountain Athletic Conference team, on Monday night, 66-50, to set up the Wednesday matchup with the Cavaliers (19-5).
West Stokes led East Burke, 21-13, after the first quarter and separated themselves further in the third quarter outscoring East Burke 21-9 in the frame.
East Rutherford and East Burke split their season series 1-1 with East Burke winning the second meeting, 62-58.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at West Stokes High School in King, N.C. The winner will face the winner of Monroe/Forest Hills on Friday.
The Thomas Jefferson Gryphons hosted their first home playoff game in program history on Monday night and made the most of the opportunity with a 94-54 win over Blue Ridge.
The win pits the No. 6 Gryphons (16-7) against the No. 3 Robbinsville Black Knights (23-4) for a second-round road swing.
Robbinsville moved into the second round by virtue of a 49-35 win over Andrews on Monday night. The Black Knights were led by 6-foot-2 junior guard Cole Husky with 15 points in the win.
The winner will face the winner of Cherokee/Avery County on Friday night. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Robbinsville High School.