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Area teams begin basketball playoffs Monday

By Staff
From staff reports
The high school basketball state playoffs begin Monday with a slight format change.
This year, the boys will begin play with the girls to see action on Tuesday. In the past, the girls have begun play on Monday. All of the games will begin at 7 p.m.
In the Class 3-A, Washington (8-13) will travel to Manteo (22-4). Washington is the Eastern Carolina No. 5 seed while Manteo is the Northeastern-Coastal No. 2 seed. Manteo played Hertford County in the tournament finals on Friday.
Plymouth (22-2), fresh off its victory over Perquimans in the Four Rivers Conference tournament finals, will host Coastal Plains No. 4 seed Jones Senior in the first round of the Class 1-A playoffs. Plymouth is the Four Rivers No. 2 seed. The winner goes to North Brunswick, the Coastal Plains champs, on Wednesday.
In other Class 1-A boys' action, Southside (9-10) will host Cape Hatteras (14-11). Southside is the Four Rivers No. 3 seed while Cape Hatteras is the Atlantic 7 No. 4 seed. The winner goes to Camden County (18-5), the Atlantic 7 champs, on Wednesday.
Bear Grass (14-9), the Atlantic 7 No. 3 seed, will host Lejeune, the Coastal Plains No. 3 seed. The winner goes to Perquimans (21-4), the Four Rivers champion.
Williamston (9-10), the Four Rivers No. 4 seed, travels to Atlantic 7 No. 2 Columbia (12-14). Columbia lost to Camden County in Friday's tournament Atlantic 7 finals. The winner goes to Topsail, the Coastal Plains No. 2 seed.
Three area girls' teams will be in first-round action on Tuesday. Roanoke (14-8) will go to Cape Hatteras (16-10), the Atlantic 7 No. 2 seed. Roanoke is the Four Rivers No. 4 seed by virtue of losing a tie-breaker between Gates County and Perquimans for second place. Perquimans is the No. 2 seed while Gates is the No. 3 seed.
The winner of that contest will go to Pamlico County, the Coastal Plains No. 2 seed, Thursday.
Bear Grass (12-11), the Atlantic 7 No. 4 seed, goes to Four Rivers No. 3 Gates County (11-9). The winner of that contest goes to Camden County (22-1), the Atlantic 7 champs.
The other area girls' game pits Atlantic 7 No. 3 Jamesville (8-8) against Coastal Plains No. 3 Dixon. The winner of that contest will go to Southside (13-3) for a second-round contest. Southside won the Four Rivers regular season title and defeated Perquimans Friday for the tournament title.
Play continues this week with the regionals set for next week in Greenville. The state finals will be March 15. The Class 1-A and 3-A regional champs will meet at the new RBC Centura Center in Raleigh while the 2-A and 4-A champs will play at the Dean Dome in Chapel Hill.