4 remaining county teams host games Wednesday

The four remaining Catawba County basketball squads that made it through the first round of the NCHSAA playoffs are hosting second round games tonight.

In the 2A ranks, the Newton-Conover and Bandys girls basketball teams are at home at 7 p.m.

The No. 3 Lady Red Devils (25-3) host the CVAC’s third-place finisher and No. 11 seeded East Burke (18-9). 

Newton-Conover swept the season series against the Lady Cavaliers.
The winner of that game gets either No. 2 Mountain Heritage (25-2) or No. 7 East Rutherford (18-7).

After scoring her 1,000th career point on Monday, CVAC player of the year Madi Story leads Bandys (25-2) against No. 5 Thomasville (18-6).

The No. 4 Lady Trojans scored a season-high 97 points against Central Davidson on Monday, including 41 from Story.

If successful Wednesday, Bandys awaits the winner of top seed North Stanley (26-1) or ninth-seeded Starmount (11-13).

Hickory’s boys and girls squads are also in action on Wednesday.

The Lady Red Tornadoes (26-1) face a Freedom squad (17-7) that eliminated Northwestern conference team Foard in Monday’s first round.

The Red Tornadoes (24-3) are the lone Catawba County boys squad remaining in the postseason.

Hickory hosts No. 10 Burns (8-12), with the winner awaiting either No. 11 Ashbrook (17-8) or No. 14 R-S Central (11-12).

Hickory’s games are set for 6:30 and 8 p.m.