By Mike Duprez
Here’s a look at the conference races in high school girls basketball.
Undefeated Randleman won its showdown with Southwestern Randolph, 47-39, to all but clinch the conference race.
Gracyn Hall is a double-double machine and she produced as usual. The junior forward, who just went over 1,000 points for her career, had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Elizabeth York supplied 15 points and 11 rebounds.
It was 62-32 in their first meeting, so Southwestern Randolph did close the gap.
Hall is averaging 18.2 points and 11.8 rebounds. York averages 14.4 points and 4.5 assists. The Tigers also get solid production from Audra Petty (9.1 points) and Hannah Hinshaw (8.6 points, 8.2 rebounds). That’s a lot for opposing teams to contend with.
The Tigers are favored to beat Providence Grove and Trinity in their last two games of the regular season. They could clinch this week.
Southwestern Randolph now finds itself in a battle with Wheatmore for second place. The Cougars just happen to have two games with Wheatmore this week on Wednesday and Friday. Those games should decide second place. Alexis Maness scored 19 points in a 52-35 win over Providence Grove.
Wheatmore is coming off a solid week. The Warriors also beat Uwharrie Charter 46-39.
Uwharrie Charter split a pair of games. The Eagles are likely to finish fourth in the PAC-7.
Eastern Randolph is a different team with 5-foot-10 junior star Brecken Snotherly on the court. The Wildcats are near the bottom of the standings but pushed Wheatmore to a 47-46 game as Snotherly scored 18 points. Snotherly was not able to play in the Wildcats’ 63-19 loss to Randleman.
Snotherly, who transferred back to Eastern Randolph after spending her sophomore season at Winston-Salem Christian, is averaging 21 points and 8.4 rebounds in 10 games.
Providence Grove has a winning overall record. The Patriots are having a more difficult time in PAC-7 games. They beat Jordan-Matthews 59-41 in a non-conference game last week.
Allie Frazier leads the Patriots with 14.9 points a game. She’s also averaging 6.1 rebounds and 3.2 steals. Edi Austin averages 9.5 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.2 steals.
Trinity has struggled. The Bulldogs have yet to post a conference win. Autumn Gentry leads Trinity with 18.7 points a game.
Asheboro is having a tough season but coach Don Corry expected that. The Blue Comets, who are in last place in the MPC, lost all but one rotation player from last season’s 3-A state runner-up team. Sion Murrain is averaging a double-double with 13.7 points and 12.5 rebounds.