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Rocky Mount High’s Jamal Townsend, right, goes up for a layup on during a game against Southern Nash. Townsend will lead the Gryphons into the postseason as the 3-A East’s No. 4 seed.

The Rocky Mount High boys’ basketball team could host at least two playoff games this week as the NCHSAA basketball postseason begins on Tuesday.

The Gryphons earned a No. 4 seed and will host No. 13 Northwood at 7:20 p.m. in the first round of the Class 3-A playoffs. The Gryphons (10-0) haven’t lost this season and won the Big East Conference title for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

Sophomore Jamal Townsend leads the Gryphons in scoring by averaging 20.2 points per game to go with 8.2 rebounds per game. He also has a team-high 11 made 3-pointers. It is the Gryphons’ underclassmen that power the offense, as sophomores Deandre Lynch (12.2 points) and Stephon Jones (9.6) round out the top three scorers.

With a victory, RMH would host either No. 5 Greenville Conley or No. 12 Southern Durham in Thursday’s second round. The earliest that the Gryphons would face the East bracket’s top seed would be in the third round.

Terry Sanford owns the 3-A East’s top seed.

Class 2-A No. 16 SouthWest Edgecombe at No. 1 South Granville, 7 p.m.

The Cougars earned the final postseason slot with a No. 16 seed and will face the East’s top seed in South Granville.

The Cougars finished second in the Eastern Plains Conference and they enter the playoffs on a four-game winning streak. They scored at least 60 points in each win. Junior Xavier Mayo leads SWE (11-2, 7-2 EPC) in scoring with 17 points per game.

Mayo is also averaging a team-high five assists. Senior Rayshun Wooten is averaging 16.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, while Jaquan Wilkins is averaging a team-high 7.8 rebounds per game.

With a win, the Cougars would travel to either No. 8 Hertford County or No. 9 Farmville Central on Thursday.


Girls’ basketball Class 3-A No. 11 Southeast Guilford at No. 6 Rocky Mount, 6 p.m.

The Gryphons won the Big East Conference regular season title for the second time in as many years, and they will host a first-round playoff game on Tuesday.

The sixth-seeded Gryphons will play Southeast Guilford, which finished 6-5 overall and placed second in the Mid-Piedmont Conference with a 4-2 record.

RMH (10-0) has six players averaging more than four points per game, and all are sophomores. Shileyia Williams is averaging a double-double in points (11.8) and rebounds (11.1) per game.

Caroline Thiel leads the Gryphons in scoring with 18.5 points to go with 9.5 rebounds per game. Dee Graham is averaging 11.1 points and has a team-high 21 made 3-pointers this season, which is more than two per game.

If the Gryphons win, they would play either No. 3 Eastern Alamance or No. 14 Harnett Central on Thursday.

Class 1-A No. 11 Roxboro Community at No. 6 North Edgecombe, 7 p.m.

North Edgecombe won the Tar Roanoke Conference with a 2-0 conference record and will host No. 11 Roxboro Community (3-3) on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The Warriors (3-1, 2-0) won their final three games of the season, including two against conference foe Wilson Prep. The other six teams in the conference — including Rocky Mount Prep — did not play this season.

With a win, North Edgecombe would play either No. 3 Princeton or No. 14 Manteo in Thursday’s second round.