The girls basketball teams from Triton and Midway started their respective postseason runs on the road Tuesday.
WILSON — In its first North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) playoff game since 2017, Triton girls basketball ended another drought Tuesday during a 63-50 road win over Fike.
No. 18 seed Triton (16-7) wins its first postseason game since 2016 and moves on to face No. 2 Northwood (26-1) for Thursday's second round of the 3A East bracket.
Freshman guard JaNiah Smith continued her hot streak offensively, following a career-high effort last week with 21 points to lead all scorers in her first playoff contest.
The Lady Hawks floor general dropped in 11 second-quarter points to help extend the halftime lead to 35-20.
Fike (16-6) rallied with a 24-9 advantage in the third period, cutting the deficit to just two points heading into the fourth.
But it was Triton's balanced scoring attack in the clutch that decided the outcome.
Smith had five points in the final frame, while backcourt mate A'Shari Watlington added four of her 16 for the game.
Unique Cooke finished with 12 points, while Abby Hood chipped in with 10 to round out the team's double-figure scorers.
The Lady Hawks outpaced the Lady Demons 19-8 to close things out.
In the 2A East girls bracket, Midway had a hard time keeping up with J.F. Webb and eventually bowed out, 69-39 on the road Tuesday.
Eleventh-seeded J.F. Webb (16-9) moves on to face No. 6 Beddingfield in Thursday's second round.
No. 22 seed Midway closes the 2021-22 campaign with an 11-14 overall record, wrapping up its season in the first round for the fourth consecutive year.