3 area squads punch postseason tickets

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The postseason fate for local high school basketball teams was determined Saturday when the North Carolina High School Athletic Association officially released playoff brackets. 

Three area teams, one boys' and two girls', were accepted into their respective fields of 32 with first-round games slated for Tuesday, Feb. 22. 

Overhills 

On the boys' side, 24th-seeded Overhills (16-7) has a road date with United 8 Conference runner-up Lumberton (20-6) who is the ninth seed in 4A East play. 

Jags wing Ayden Gittens' 14.6 points per game heads the team, while Damien Robinson is a double-double threat every night, posting averages of 12.8 points and 10.2 rebounds. 

The Pirates, who lost a heartbreaker to Seventy-First during Friday's league tournament final, are led by a three-headed scoring attack in Cobe Oxendine (13.6) JaMerel Brockington (12.9) and Angel Bowie (11.2).

Tip-off from Lumberton is set for 7 p.m.

Triton

Following an impressive run through one of the toughest girls basketball conferences in the state, Triton (15-7) enters the 3A East as the No. 18 seed and travels to 15th-seeded Fike (16-5).

The Lady Hawks are 4-2 through their last six games and reached the All American Conference Tournament semifinals before bowing out to eventual champion, and 3A East top seed, Terry Sanford.  

Freshman point guard JaNiah Smith, coming off a career-high 34 points in the semifinal loss, leads Triton in scoring while junior wing Abby Hood paces the group in both steals (3.1) and assists per game. 

The Lady Demons come into postseason play on a three-game win streak and finished second in the Quad County 3A regular-season standings. They also feature a high-scoring lead guard in Jewel Brewington who boasts a team-high 12.4 points per game. 

Midway 

No. 22 seed Midway (11-13) is at 11th-seeded J.F. Webb (15-9) in the 2A East girls bracket. 

Led by senior guards Rylie Williams and Kris'Shyia McKoy, the Lady Raiders finished fourth in the ultra-competitive Southeastern Athletic Conference that saw all seven of its teams make the field. 

The Lady Warriors feature three scorers averaging double figures, paced by senior forward Ta'ida Tucker who puts in 15.5 points per game to go with 5.3 rebounds. 

Tip times for the girls' first-round matchups have yet to be announced. 

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