Preview of this week’s basketball games

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There’s a full slate of local head-to-head matchups in high school basketball this week. Here’s a look ahead at this week’s games.

Tonight

It’ll all start off with a clash of the Trojans tonight as Harnett Central hosts South Johnston. The Central girls (3-1) have looked strong since dropping their opener against the championship-winning Overhills in the Harnett County Tipoff Tournament, picking up wins over Triton (64-28), Cleveland (60-28) and West Johnston (38-32). They’ll look to keep that going against a South team that’s still in search of its first win of the season after losing two tough games against Western Harnett (47-41) and at Triton (51-39).

South’s boys (3-0) will have a tough fight to stay unbeaten. They’ve looked strong in wins over Midway (66-42), Western Harnett (60-55) and at Triton (52-49 in overtime), but they’ll face a battle-tested Central team (2-2). Central has had an up-and-down start to they year. They also dropped their opener to the eventual champion Overhills (63-59), but bounced back with a convincing win over Western Harnett (61-41). They followed that up with a tough loss at Cleveland (70-56), but again bounced back with a strong performance against West Johnston (68-39).

Triton’s boys and girls teams will also be at home tonight, playing against Fuquay-Varina. The girls (1-3) are coming off their first win of the season, while the boys (1-2) look to bounce back after a tough loss in their second overtime game of the season.

Everyone else is on the road tonight. Midway (girls 5-0, boys 3-2) will travel for its second meetings with Princeton. Overhills (girls 3-0, boys 3-1) will play at Patriot Conference rival Terry Sanford. Western (girls 2-2, boys 1-3) will visit Northwood. Cape Fear Christian Academy (girls 3-3, boys 8-2) will play at Greenfield.

Thursday

Thursday’s games will be headlined by a rematch between Midway and South. The lady Raiders got off to a hot start with a convincing win at South 43-24. South’s boys also had a comfortable win in the first matchup, topping the Raiders 66-42.

Central will host a rematch against West Johnston, having already swept the Wildcats on their home court. Western will travel to Fayetteville to take on Cape Fear high school.

Friday

CFCA, which does not have a football program, will host its homecoming game Friday night against Thales Academy.

Triton and Midway will cap off this week’s rivalry games with a matchup in Erwin.

Central will host a rematch against Cleveland, and Western will host a rematch against West Johnston.

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