Prep basketball playoff brackets announced

By Jeremy Moorhouse

February 23, 2014

Three of the four area boys teams will be on the road for the first round on Monday night.

In the boys Class 1A Midwest region, No. 6 East Surry (20-6) will host No. 11 Union Academy (11-11) at 7 p.m. The Cardinals finished as the No. 2 seed in the tough Northwest 1A Conference this season. Union was the third best team in the Yadkin Valley Conference. East had a four-game win streak snapped in the conference tournament championship game, losing to two-time defending state champion Winston-Salem Prep.

No. 12 Mount Airy (15-9) will travel to No.5 North Stanly (15-7), another Yadkin Valley Conference team, for its opening round game.

WS Prep received a No. 2 seed and hosts No. 15 West Columbus, while Bishop McGuinness comes in as a No. 8 seed and will host Roxboro Community College.

In the Class 2A West region, No. 19 Surry Central (13-10) will visit No. 14 Forest Hills (12-10) for a first round game, and No. 28 North Surry (10-12) travels to Gastonia to play to No. 5 Hunter Huss (18-4).

Western Piedmont Conference tournament champion West Stokes, which defeated Carver by 20 points in the tournament finals, received a No. 6 seed and will host East Burke. Carver has a home game against Central Academy and South Stokes has a tough first-round match-up at No. 2 seed Shelby.

On the girls side, three of the area teams will host first round games on Monday.

In the girls Class 2A West region, North Surry (18-6) received a No. 9 seed and hosts No. 24 Newton-Conover (12-10). The Lady Greyhounds are the hottest team in the area, winners of nine straight and 13 of the last 14 games. North is coming off a 59-47 victory against county rival Surry Central in the Western Piedmont Conference tournament championship game.

The Lady Eagles, who finished as co-conference champions during the regular season, also play at home in their first-round game. No. 13 Central (18-6) will host No. 20 Maiden (13-9). Newton-Conover and Maiden both play in the Southern District 7 Conference.

In the Class 1A West region, No. 8 Mount Airy (19-5) opens at home against No. 9 Chatham Central (13-9). The Lady Bears finished third in the brutal Northwest 1A Conference, a league that boasts eight-time defending state champ Bishop McGuinness, along with much-improved Winston-Salem Prep and Atkins teams.

No. 14 East Surry (9-14) will be on the road against No. 3 West Montgomery (16-2).