Who is in; who is out; and who is wondering as the NCHSAA seeds the playoffs

mblake@newsobserver.comFebruary 21, 2014 

The N.C. High School Athletic Association boys and girls basketball playoffs begin Monday and continue Wednesday and Friday. The quarterfinals are scheduled for March 4, the semifinals for March 8 and the eight state title games on March 15.

The NCHSAA will seed the brackets in all four classifications in boys and girls on Saturday and announce the pairings on Saturday afternoon.

The top three teams in each area conference will advance. Other teams may be awarded at-large bids.

Cap Eight 4A: Millbrook has the league’s No. 1 boys seed and Broughton and Leesville Road are assured of berths. Heritage is expected to get a playoff spot.

Millbrook and Broughton are the top two girls seeds.

Greater Neuse River 4A: The Clayton boys won the title with Garner and Knightdale taking the other automatic berths. Southeast Raleigh and Knightdale, who tied for fourth, are expected to make the postseason as wild cards.

Southeast Raleigh will have either the No. 1 or No. 2 overall girls seed in the 4A East after running the table in the GNRC. Second-place East Wake and third-place Knightdale are assured playoff spots. Clayton is expected to get an at-large berth. West Johnston is close, but may be looking in.

PAC-6 4A: Northern Durham will be either the overall No. 1 or No. 2 boys seed in the 4A East. Hillside and Durham Jordan will have berths, too. Person and Durham Riverside should make the field.

Hillside came roaring back after a slow start to the season to win the PAC-6 girls regular season. Durham Jordan will go as No. 2 and Riverside as a No. 3. Northern Durham is expected to make it.

Southwest Wake 4A: Apex, Panther Creek and Middle Creek are the top three seeds from the league. Cary, which finished behind Holly Springs in the conference, is expected to make the playoffs while Holly Springs is in because at-large teams are chosen by their overall records.

Cary should be one of the top four girls seeds in the 4A East. The may land six spots – No. 2 Apex and No. 3 Athens Drive are automatic, while Holly Springs, Green Hope and Panther Creek are likely wild cards.

Big Eight 3A: Orange has the league’s No. 1 seed. Chapel Hill and Southern Durham will have the other automatic berths. Cardinal Gibbons probably will get in, but defending 3A champ Oxford Webb might not.

Chapel Hill will be the No. 1 seed in the 3A East. No. 2 Cardinal Gibbons and No. 3 Cedar Ridge are assured playoff spots and Northwood and Southern Durham will likely find spots as well.

Two Rivers 3A: Triton is the No. 1 seed in boys and Cleveland and Smithfield-Selma also will advance.

The league’s top three girls teams are the only ones heading to the postseason: South Johnson, Cleveland and Triton.

Northern Carolina 2A: Bunn takes another boys conference title and is back in the 2A playoffs as one of the highest seeds. Warrenton and Franklinton are in. Durham Science and Math might make it.

Southern Vance will likely take this league’s top girls spot followed by Bunn and Durham School of the Arts. Franklinton and Warren County may be wild card.

Carolina 1A: Neuse Charter, in its first season of play, won the boys conference title. Princeton won a coin flip for second against Warsaw Kenan.

Rosewood has the league’s top girls seed followed by No. 2 Princeton and No. 3 James Kenan.

North Central Athletic 1A: Durham Voyager Academy is the league’s top boys seed and Kestrel Heights is No. 2. No. 3 Roxboro Community will make the playoffs and Raleigh Charter might advance.

Franklin Academy and River Mill will advance in girls as the league’s top two seeds. Raleigh Charter and Kestrel Heights tied for third, but both should find playoff spots.

Tar Roanoke 1A: Granville Central boys tied for the regular-season title, but will advance as the No. 3 seed from the league behind Louisburg and Weldon.

Granville Central was perfect in girls league play and will be joined in the playoffs by No. 2 Weldon and No. 3 Gaston KIPP Pride.

Blake: 919-460-2606; Twitter: @JMBpreps

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