After Thursday’s second round games, only 16 teams remain in each classification of the 2016 N.C. High School Athletics Association girls’ basketball playoffs. The third round will held Saturday in most cases, but schools can agree to play Friday.
Top-seeded Hillside will face Green Hope, which defeated Wakefield Thursday, next after beating Knightdale. Holly Springs and Apex both suffered season-ending defeats. Southeast Raleigh survived a scare from Riverside and won by two points in overtime, while Heritage earned a one-point win on the road at Hoggard. Millbrook cruised to an easy 16-point win at home against New Hanover and will face East Wake, which went on the road to beat J.H. Rose.
Scores: 1-Hillside 66, 17-Knightdale 56; 9-Green Hope 61, 25-Wakefield 46 / 12-New Bern 60, 5-Holly Springs 53; 4-Lumberton 58, 20-Apex 46 // 3-Southeast Raleigh 68, 14-Riverside 66; 11-Heritage 46, 6-Hoggard 45 / 2-Millbrook 69, 15-New Hanover 53; 10-East Wake 68, 7-J.H. Rose 47
Third round games: 1-Hillside vs 9-Green Hope / 4-Lumberton vs 12-New Bern // 3-Southeast Raleigh vs 11-Heritage / 2-Millbrook vs 10-East Wake
Chapel Hill and Cleveland both suffered home defeats Tuesday. Union Pines, which beat Havelock on the road, faces Rockingham County next. Northwood is now preparing for Eastern Alamance after handling Eastern Guilford without trouble.
Scores: 1-Fayetteville Terry Sanford 59, 16-Northern Nash 40; 9-Jacksonville 70, 8-Eastern Wayne 54 / 12-Northern Guilford 64, 5-Chapel Hill 49; 4-Nash Central 77, 13-Triton 58 // 3-Rockingham County 50, 14-Rocky Mount 43; 11-Union Pines 59, 6-Havelock 44 / 15-Eastern Alamance 33, 2-Cleveland 22; 10-Northwood 60, 26-Eastern Guilford 43
Third round games: 1-Fayetteville Terry Sanford vs 9-Jacksonville / 4-Nash Central vs 12-Northern Guilford // 3-Rockingham County vs 11-Union Pines / 10-Northwood vs 15-Eastern Alamance
Bunn protected its home court by beating Clinton 60-39. The Wildcats next travel to North Pitt.
Scores:1-East Bladen 71, 16-Southwest Edgecombe 43; 9-Reidsville 40, 8-Red Springs 24 / 5-Northside Jacksonville 68, 12-Bartlett Yancey 39; 4-Bertie 58, 13-Roanoke Rapids 45 // 3-North Pitt 78, 19-Eastern Randolph 64; 6-Bunn 60, 11-Clinton 39 / 2-Kinston 69, 15-Goldsboro 58; 7-T.W. Andrews 58, 10-Croatan 38
Third round games: 1-East Bladen vs No. 9 Reidsville / 4-Bertie vs 5-Northside Jacksonville // 3-North Pitt vs 6-Bunn / 2-Kinston vs 7-T.W. Andrews
Top-seed Roxboro Community won by 17 points against South Robeson and will next face Wallace-Rose Hill, which defeated Franklin Academy by 12 points.
Scores: 1-Roxboro Community 64, 16-South Robeson 47; 8-Wallace-Rose Hill 48, 9-Franklin Academy 36 / 4-Rosewood 55, 13-Weldon 46; 5-Southeast Halifax 56, 12-Manteo 36 // 3-Pamlico County 49, 14-East Carteret 48; 6-Northampton County 76, 11-Williamston Riverside 66 / 2-Plymouth 65, 18-Northwest Halifax 27; 10-Lakewood 50, 7-East Columbus 41
Third round games: 1-Roxboro Community vs. 8-Wallace-Rose Hill / 4-Rosewood vs 5-Southeast Halifax // 3-Pamlico County vs 6-Northampton County / 2-Plymouth vs 10-Lakewood