Jackets, Cavs learn state tourney matchups
Both Southern Lee basketball squads and Lee County's boys basketball team made their respective NCHSAA 3A state tournaments and will play first-round games Monday night as the tournament brackets were announced by the NCHSAA Saturday afternoon.
In the boys 3A East Regional bracket, No. 15 Lee County (18-4) will host No. 18 Northeast Guilford (14-8) at 7 p.m. Monday evening.
Both Cavalier teams have to travel for the first round. In the boys tournament, No. 25 Southern Lee (13-9) will play at No. 8 Southern Wayne (10-12) at 7 p.m. Monday. The No. 26 Lady Cavaliers (11-11) will play at No. 7 Eastern Wayne (10-7) at 7 p.m. Monday.
In the 3A East boys bracket, No. 28 Union Pines (11-11) will go to No. 5 West Brunswick (15-6) for an 8 p.m. tip Monday. No. 4 Triton (17-5), the Two Rivers Conference's season and tournament champ, will host No. 29 McMichael (11-11) at 8 p.m. following No. 19 Cleveland (13-9) at the No. 14 Lady Hawks (9-13) at 6:30 p.m.
Also in the 3A East girls bracket, No. 4 Union Pines (20-2) will host No. 29 Southern Durham (10-12) at 7 p.m. and No. 22 Northwood (16-6) will play at No. 11 Terry Sanford (17-5) at 6:30 p.m.
In the 1A Midwest boys region, No. 4 North Moore (15-7) will host No. 13 Pine Lake Prep (11-10) at 7 p.m. and No. 7 West Montgomery (8-14) will host No. 10 Chatham Central (13-9) at 8 p.m.
In the 1A Midwest girls bracket, No. 9 Chatham Central (13-9) will travel to face No. 8 Mount Airy (18-4) at 7 p.m.
All second-round games are set for Wednesday, with the round of 16 on Friday. Game times are at 7 p.m. unless a school is hosting a doubleheader, then games will be at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Per NCHSAA rules, the seeding records are a maximum of 22 games.