Polk girls to open 2A playoffs at Forest Hills

Polk County will open the state 2A girls basketball playoffs Tuesday with a trip to Forest Hills, according to brackets released Saturday by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

The 13-8 Wolverines received the 23rd seed in the 2A West bracket and will journey to face the 10th-seeded Yellow Jackets in the opening round of state playoff competition.

The game is set to tip off at 7 p.m. Presale tickets can be purchased at https://www.ucpsathletics.com/foresthillstickets. Tickets will be sold at the gate, but only credit cards will be accepted for payment.

Forest Hills finished its season 20-5, taking second place in the 3A/2A Rocky River Conference behind 3A Parkwood. The Yellow Jackets defeated Parkwood 60-57 on Friday to win the Rocky River postseason tournament.

Junior guard Jamyah Blakeney averages 21 points and five assists per game to lead Forest Hills, with freshman guard Kayl Starnes averaging 12.1 ppg and senior post Zarriah White adding 10 points and four rebounds per game.

Blakeney recently became the fourth player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. She has led Union County in scoring for the past two seasons.

Mountain Foothills 7 Conference champion East Rutherford received the fourth seed in the 2A West field, hosting Lexington in its opener, with R-S Central at 25th and traveling to Lincoln Charter. Randleman, Salisbury, Newton-Conover and East Rutherford are the top four seeds in the field.

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