Eight Twin Counties basketball teams will hit the hardwoods Monday with dreams of bringing home a state title - just like the Rocky Mount Gryphons did a year ago.
The NCHSAA state basketball playoffs will get underway with several area teams participating. Five teams will be hosting, including two doubleheaders, and three squads will be hitting the road.
On the boys' side, Rocky Mount Prep, in its first-ever NCHSAA playoff game, North Edgecombe, Rocky Mount, Nash Central and Northern Nash will be in action to start the postseason, while North Edgecombe, Rocky Mount and Northern Nash will represent the girls.
Here is all the action Monday evening. Get out and go to a game!
NASH/EDGECOMBE PREP BASKETBALL TEAMS PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
1-A - Rocky Mount Prep (19-11) @ Goldsboro (17-7), 8 p.m. 1-A - Perquimans (17-7) @ North Edgecombe (21-2), 8 p.m. 3-A - Currituck (2-21) @ Rocky Mount (19-7), 7:30 p.m. 3-A - Nash Central (15-9) @ West Craven (21-5), 7 p.m
3-A - Northern Nash (15-7) @ Southern Lee (18-4), 7 p.m.
1-A - Mattamuskeet (6-12) @ North Edgecombe (15-9), 6:30 p.m.
3-A - Jacksonville (10-14) @ Rocky Mount (23-3), 6 p.m.
3-A - Currituck (2-21) @ Northern Nash (19-3), 7 p.m.
Rocky Mount's basketball teams swept the 2011 Big East Conference Tournament. And in accordance with the tournament rules, the MVP of the girls' and boys' events is from the winning team.
For the girls, sophomore forward J'Kyra Brown was selected by media representatives, while the boys' honor went senior forward Exzavier Cooper.
Here is a complete listing of the All-Tournament teams.
2011 Big East Conference All-Tournament Basketball Teams
Jalen Hendricks, Nash Central Nate Pittman, Nash Central Tyrell Vinson, Wilson Hunt Parker Lamm, Wilson Hunt Darius Freeman, Northern Nash Deshawn Freeman, Northern Nash Terrill Hilliard, Rocky Mount Exzavier Cooper, Rocky Mount - MVP GIRLS
Quanesha Brown, Wilson Hunt Denesha White, Wilson Hunt Alicia Baines, Wilson Fike Meredith Pruden, Wilson Fike Alexus Hill, Northern Nash Khadijah Richardson, Northern Nash Tia Hudgins, Rocky Mount J'Kyra Brown, Rocky Mount - MVP