A look at potential ties in the area girls’ high school basketball conference races – Friday closes the regular season – and they are PROJECTIONS based only on reviewing results and are completely UNOFFICIAL.
Seeds for conference tournaments are just that. They are NOT binding seeds for the state tournaments, and the only written-in-stone seeds for the postseason are those already assured by conference finish.
All three local conferences will meet on Saturday to finalize seeds and develop conference tournament brackets, and the scenarios addressed below may not include all potential for ties.
HobbsDailyReport.com stresses that the projections for seeds are based only on reviewing scores of games and each conference will apply North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA)-instructed guidelines for breaking those ties, which can become very complex when multiple teams are involved.
At this point, the only locked down No. 1 playoff seeds in the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills and Northwestern 3A-4A, based on our review, are as follows:
- Newton-Conover has won the South Fork 2A title and its No. 1 state playoff bid.
- East Burke has won the Northwestern Foothills 2A title and its No. 1 state playoff bid.
- Freedom has won the Northwestern 3A-4A title and its No. 1 state 3A playoff bid.
- McDowell, finishing better than South Caldwell in the Northwestern 3A-4A standings, has secured the league’s No. 1 4A bid. Since the Titans are above .500 (16-7), they will be seeded in the state tournament among the league champions.
SOUTH FORK 2A
Bandys and Lincolnton for second place (8-6)
Bandys and Maiden for second place (8-6)… corrected
They split in the regular season …if the comparative record is North Lincoln, Bandys would have swept the Knights and Maiden is 1-1 against the Knights … if the comparative record is Lincolnton, Maiden would have swept Lincolnton and Bandys is 1-1 against the Wolves since the Christmas holiday tournament game would not factor in a tiebreaker because Maiden would not have also played Maiden a third time. Net: if comparative is North Lincoln, Bandys No. 2, Maiden No. 3; if Lincolnton is the comparative, Maiden No. 2, Bandys No. 3.
Maiden and North Lincoln for second place (8-6)
They split in the regular season … if comparative record team is Lincolnton, Maiden gets higher seed (swept vs. NL going 1-1 vs. Wolves) … if comparative record team is Bandys, North Lincoln gets higher seed (swept Trojans vs. Maiden going 1-1 vs. them)… if comparative team becomes East Lincoln, North Lincoln gets higher seed (swept EL vs. Maiden 1-1 vs. Mustangs). Net: Depends on comparative team, see notes.
Lincolnton and North Lincoln for second place (8-6)
They split in the regular season … if comparative team is Bandys, North Lincoln gets higher seed (2-0 vs. Trojans, Lincolnton 1-1 vs. Trojans) … if comparative team falls all the way to Lake Norman Charter, North Lincoln gets higher seed (2-0 vs. LNC to 1-1 vs. LNC). Net: Depends on comparative team, see notes.
Bandys and Maiden for fourth place (7-7)
They split in the regular season … have same record against all of the other conference teams. Net: Draw.
Bandys and Lincolnton for fourth place (7-7)
Maiden and North Lincoln for fourth place (7-7)
They split in the regular season … North Lincoln 2-0 as opposed to Maiden’s 1-1 versus Lake Norman Charter and East Lincoln … Maiden 2-0 vs. West Lincoln as opposed to North Lincoln’s 1-1. Net: Unlikely the comparative team would be last-place West Lincoln so North Lincoln No. 4, Maiden No. 5.
East Lincoln for fourth place (7-7)
The Mustangs could go 7-7 if they beat Newton-Conover and could possibly tie two of these teams – if each loses on Friday – for fourth place, Bandys, North Lincoln, Maiden or Lincolnton. Net: Takes a major upset to create scenario… Mustangs are 1-1 vs. Bandys, 0-2 vs. North Lincoln, 1-1 vs. Maiden and 0-2 against Lincolnton.
NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A
Bunker Hill and Patton for second place (8-4)
They split in the regular season… both are winless against league champion East Burke … if comparative team becomes Foard, Patton is 2-0 and Bunker Hill would be 1-1 against the Tigers… if comparative team becomes West Iredell, Bears are 2-0 vs. Warriors and Panthers are 1-1 against them. Net: Depends on comparative team.
Hibriten and Draughn for sixth place (2-10)
They split in the regular season … They have same comparative records against every other league team. Net: Draw.
Hickory, McDowell and Watauga for second place (10-4)… new
In comparing records among the three each is 2-2 and they each have the same record against the rest of the conference teams. Net: Draw.
Hickory and McDowell for second place (10-4)
They split in the regular season … They have the same record against every other team in the conference. Net: Draw.
Hickory and Watauga for second place (10-4)
They split in the regular season and neither beat league champion Freedom… They have the same records against all other conference teams. Net: Draw.
Hickory and Watauga for third place (9-5)
They split in the regular season and neither beat league champion Freedom… They have the same records against McDowell, South Caldwell, Alexander Central and St. Stephens but Hickory swept West Caldwell and Watauga would have split with West Caldwell. Net: Hickory No. 3, Watauga No. 4.
St. Stephens and Alexander Central for seventh place (2-10)
They split in the regular season … the comparative team would most likely become West Caldwell and St. Stephens is 1-1 against the Warriors and Alexander Central 0-2 … if the comparative team falls all the way to South Caldwell, Alexander is 1-1 and St. Stephens is 0-2 against the Spartans. Net: Depends on comparative team, see notes, most likely St. Stephens No. 7, Alexander Central No. 8.
West Caldwell and St. Stephens for sixth place (3-11)
They split in the regular season … A tie would mean St. Stephens beat Hickory on Friday, going 1-1 against the Red Tornadoes, and West Caldwell was swept by Hickory… they’re both 0-2 against McDowell so the comparative team would ultimately be Hickory. Net: St. Stephens No. 6, West Caldwell No. 7.