Seeds were frozen in place and some teams missed out on a final chance to qualify for the state playoffs after multiple conference tournaments were canceled across North Carolina last week.
Snow and ice early in the week forced postponements of first rounds on Monday and Tuesday, and then arctic temperatures kept the roads icy into Thursday, preventing most leagues from getting started in time to complete their tournaments by Saturday.
The N.C. High School Athletics Association required conferences to report their members’ final records and league standings by Saturday, allowing the NCHSAA sufficient time to seed its state tournaments across four classifications for boys and girls basketball. Playoff brackets were expected to be available Sunday at www.nchsaa.org.
“I hadn’t thought about not having another game,” said East Chapel Hill player Ali Cyr-Scully. “That didn’t cross my mind after last Friday’s game.”
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The NCHSAA seeds teams in its playoffs based on regular-season records. An exception is made for conference tournament champions; if a team not otherwise qualified for the playoffs wins its conference tournament, it automatically gets its league’s No. 2 spot in the state tournament.
The top three teams in a conference qualify for the state playoffs. Chapel Hill’s girls, East’s boys and Carrboro’s girls are in. The Carrboro boys (5-17) and Chapel Hill boys (14-8), as well as East’s girls (9-9), all finished in fourth place of their respective conferences.
East Chapel Hill’s girls had been hoping to use their conference tournament as a path to making a case for an at-large berth in the NCHSAA playoffs.
A win last week in the PAC-6 tournament would have helped by putting East above .500 overall. Winning the tournament was the one guarantee of a state playoff spot.
“We’ve missed the playoffs the last couple of years,” East coach Michelle Wood said. “It would be good to make it.”
Tim Stevens of newsobserver.com contributed to this report.