High School Sports

Prep roundup: Eight area teams advance to regional

Fayetteville will have a Triangle feel this week during the N.C. High School Athletic Association boys’ and girls’ basketball regionals as eight teams advanced to the state quarterfinals.

The 4A girls’ games Friday will include Broughton, Athens Drive and Southeast Raleigh, all third-round winners Tuesday night. Chapel Hill, the 2014 3A girls’ champion, advanced in 3A and Roxboro Community in 1A.

The 4A boys’ games Thursday will include Garner and Millbrook. Durham Voyager Academy will play Friday in the 1A state quarterfinal game.

Boys’ third round

South Central Pitt 72, East Chapel Hill 54: South Central (23-2) ended East Chapel Hill’s impressive 4A playoff run with the third-round victory. East Chapel Hill (13-12) entered the playoffs as a No. 21 seed but knocked off Greenville Rose 60-57 in the first round and Fayetteville Britt 57-46 Monday.

South Central Pitt advances to play Garner, a 73-62 winner against Northern Durham, in the state quarterfinals Thursday in the Fayetteville regional. Millbrook, a 97-64 winner against Knightdale, will play Fayetteville Seventy-First, which beat Wilmington Hoggard 59-56.

Havelock 69, Cleveland 68 (OT): Havelock’s Jeffrey Harris blocked a shot by Sean Early at the buzzer to preserve the 3A third-round victory. Shondel Garrison’s putback with two seconds left in overtime gave the visiting Rams (15-9) the lead.

On the ensuing inbounds play from underneath its own basket, Cleveland’s Zach Jacobs rifled the ball to the Jeff David, who promptly found Early cutting toward the basket before Harris cycled back to deny the shot.

Cleveland finished 23-4.

Voyager 84, Whiteville 68: Voyager continued to rip through the 1A playoffs with its easy victory over Whiteville (20-6). The Vikings (29-2) will play in the Fayetteville regional on Friday.

Voyager has not lost to a 1A team this season and its average winning margin in the playoffs has been 34 points. The Vikings lost to Virginia Episcopal 72-63 and to the Charlotte Berry 86-71.

Girls’ third round

Broughton 64, Greenville Conley 53: Broughton, a No. 16 seed, continued its playoff run as it played well in the clutch to earn a berth in the Fayetteville regional Friday with the victory over Conley (14-10). The Caps led 45-42 before opening the margin.

The Caps (20-6) stunned top-seeded Millbrook 44-38 Monday in a deliberate game, but they picked up the pace against Conley, the No. 9 seed.

The Caps, who have won 15 of their past 16 games, are expected to play Wilmington Hoggard (25-4), a 36-33 winner against Fayetteville Britt, in the regional.

Eastern Wayne 60, Northwood 56: Undefeated Eastern Wayne scored four points in the final seconds to nip Northwood in the third round of the 3A playoffs. The score was tied at 56.

Eastern Wayne (26-0) will play Chapel Hill (22-2), an 80-48 winner against Corinth Holders, on Friday in the Fayetteville 3A Regional.

Jacksonville Northside 58, Bunn 50: Bunn never led in the home loss to Northside in the 2A playoffs. Northside (24-2) scored 13 of the first 15 points to take command, but the Monarchs had to hold off a late rally.

Bunn (25-1) drew within 32-31 midway through the third quarter on a three-point play from senior Tainasha Vines. And the Warriors trailed only 50-48 with 1 minute, 30 seconds left.

Northside’s Kourtney Little scored a clutch layup 44 seconds left, and the Monarchs made six straight free throws. Kayla Stephens led Northside with 27 points.

Vines, who has signed a track and field scholarship to attend North Carolina, had 18 points and Precious Walker had 15.

North Pitt 71, Siler City Jordan-Matthews 54: North Pitt (26-0) won a spot in Thursday’s 2A quarterfinals with the win against Jordan-Matthews (19-8).

Roxboro Community 42, Franklin Academy 38: Roxboro Community (28-3) advanced to Thursday’s 1A Eastern Regional in Fayetteville with the victory over Franklin Academy (23-4).

Michael Held and Geoff Neville contributed to this report.