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Beaufort County hoops enter postseason play

Senior nights and season finales are on the back burners, and postseason play is underway this week. Some teams are jostling for playoff position, while others are clawing to solidify a state playoff spot.

The Pam Pack boys’ basketball team (15-7, 9-3, 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference) is solidly in the state playoff field as it currently stands. HighSchoolOT.com’s latest projections have the Pam Pack as a 14-seed hosting Fairmont in the first round, with the winner likely traveling to Farmville Central in the second round.

Washington locked up second place in the 2-A ECC, and will host the first two rounds of the conference tournament if they continue to win. Ayden-Grifton will stroll into Washington this evening, and will play after the conclusion of the North Lenoir-West Craven girls’ game that is set to tip off at 6 p.m. If the Pam Pack conquers Ayden-Grifton, and the winner of West Craven-Greene Central on Wednesday, they will likely meet Kinston in the conference title game at Ayden-Grifton High School on Friday evening.

Washington girls’ basketball team (7-15, 6-6 ECC) still has its work cut out for them. They will likely have to win the conference tournament to have any chance at making the state playoffs this season. They will be forced to travel to South Lenoir on Tuesday night, and the winner will match up with the Kinston Lady Vikings on Wednesday.

Southside’s girls (16-7, 7-5, 1-A Coastal Plains Conference) is currently a projected 19-seed, traveling to Northampton County in the first round of the 1-A state playoffs.

They faced Northside in the first round of the 1-A CPC tournament Monday night. The winner travels to the defending state champions, Pamlico County, Tuesday evening.

The Southside boys (9-12, 5-7 CPC) are on the cusps of earning a playoff spot as well. They played Jones Senior on Monday, and will travel to Pamlico County for a second-round matchup as well, barring a loss to the Trojans.

HighSchoolOT.com’s latest projections have the Seahawks missing the playoffs after falling to Jones Senior last week in the regular season. A win over the Trojans Monday is a necessity for them to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The Northside Lady Panthers (8-13, 4-8 CPC) are currently in the state playoff field according to High School OT. After the latest projections, they will travel to Holmes High School in Edenton as a 28-seed.

Northside boys’ team’s (6-16, 3-9 CPC) season has ended, as the last two teams in the CPC do not get to participate in the conference tournament.

This week is important for all area teams to put a stamp on their 2020 basketball seasons. The official state tournament brackets will be released this Saturday, Feb. 22.