The North Carolina High School Athletic Association released its 2012 state basketball playoff brackets for all classes on Saturday, and three of Bladen County’s varsity teams will participate beginning Monday.
On the girls side, the Lady Eagles of East Bladen High, 18-8, state runnersup for three straight seasons, has drawn the No. 9 seed in the Mideast and will open the Class 2-A playoffs on the road against No. 4 seed Reidsville High, 16-6.
With a win on Monday, coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles would face either No. 1 seed Jordan-Matthews High, 23-0, or No. 16 Graham High, 12-12.
Other Waccamaw Conference girls teams in the Class 2-A playoffs are: No. 11 North Brunswick, 10-15, at No. 6 Northside Jacksonville, 19-4, in the East; No. 3 Whiteville, 17-4, hosting No. 14 Trinity, 9-15, in the Mideast.
In Class 3-A playoff action, No. 5 West Brunswick, 7-12, will host No. 12 Cleveland, 15-8, in the East.
On the boys side of the state’s Class 2-A playoffs, the 19-6 Knights of West Bladen High drew the highest seed as Waccamaw Conference champions at No. 5 in the East and will host No. 12 seed Graham, 17-7.
“I don’t really like the way the state does this seeding now,” West Bladen coach Travis Pait said. “And I’ll put our schedule up against any Class 2-A team in the state.”
With a win on Monday, the Knights would play Wednesday against either No. 4 Northwood, 18-6, or No. 13 Granville Central, 15-9.
East Bladen High, 19-6, was given the No. 11 seed in the Mideast and will be on the road against No. 6 T.W. Andrews, 17-6. With a win, coach Ken Cross’ Eagles would play Wednesday against either No. 3 Fairmont, 19-4, or No. 14 DSA, 17-8.
“Twenty wins this season was a preseason goal,” Cross said. “I wanted to get that before now, but if we play like we’re capable, we can get it. If not, I start thinking about next season.”
One other Waccamaw Conference boys team in the Class 2-A playoffs is No. 8 seed in the East, North Brunswick, 14-8. The Scorpions will host No. 9 Richland, 17-5.
In Class 3-A playoff action in the East: No. 4 West Brunswick, 13-11, will host No. 13 D.H. Conley, 10-12; and No. 8 South Brunswick, 8-13, will host No. 9 Currituck, 3-19.