Rocky Mount High rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit, and now the Gryphons are a victory away from a return trip to Fayetteville.
The 12th-seeded Gryphons earned a road victory Wednesday night with a 45-40 win at Burlington Williams.
“It was a total team effort,” said Gryphons coach Pam Gainey, whose team will visit No. 4 Cameron Union Pines on Friday night. “Everybody got in and contributed.”
Gainey said her team locked in defensively and slowed Burlington Williams’ strong backcourt.
Rocky Mount (18-9) finished second in the Big East Conference this season and was the runner-up in the league’s conference tournament last week.
Only one starter, senior Carmen Richardson, returned with signficant playing experience, but the Gryphons have found a way to keep up their recent string of playoffs success.
“They work extremely hard,” Gainey said. “We just ask them to stick with what you know and go to your strengths. They have stuck together.”
No. 6 Havelock 80, No. 11 RM High 79
Rocky Mount High’s season comes to a close at 15-9.
No. 4 Plymouth 57, No. 5 Tarboro 25
Tarboro ends season at 15-9.