Playoff Brackets Released
On the outside looking in for one of the Yadkin Valley Conference's five automatic playoff berths, North Moore's boys' basketball team must have felt like it got the short end of the stick when the league tournament was reduced to four teams.
"No one wanted to see us in the tournament," said head coach Grant Smith, whose team played more than its share of close games during the regular season, as 12 of its 16 conference games were decided by eight points or less.
The Mustangs will get a chance to show their stuff in the postseason, however, after learning they were one of seven Yadkin Valley teams to be included in the 1A West state playoff bracket posted on the NCHSAA Web site Saturday afternoon.
A wild card, North Moore (6-16) will travel to Winston-Salem Prep (23-3), the top seed from the Northwest Conference, for the first round.
The top seed from the Southeastern 4A Conference, Pinecrest's boys (24-2) host Mid-South four-seed Jack Britt (13-14) in the first round of the 4A East tournament Monday at 7 p.m., while Union Pines' boys (13-12), the third seed from the Cape Fear Valley 3A Conference, will travel to Carolina Conference two-seed Northern Vance (15-7) Monday for a first-round match-up in the 3A East bracket.
Union Pines' girls' team (19-6) enters the 3A East bracket as the second-seed from the Cape Fear Valley. The Lady Vikings will host Carolina Conference three-seed Southern Vance (13-6) Monday in the first round.
The second-seed from the Yadkin Valley, North Moore's girls (18-6) host Northwest three-seed East Surry (18-5) Monday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the 1A East bracket, while Pinecrest's girls (10-14), the fourth seed from the Southeastern 4A, travel to Tri-Nine two-seed Athens Drive (22-4) in the first round of the 4A East bracket.
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