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The Person High School girls’ basketball entered the week with the opportunity to claim its first conference championship in more than 20 years by simply winning out.
Now, it just got a whole lot more complicated.
The Rockets lost to reigning Mid-State and 3-A state champion Northern Guilford, 55-49 Tuesday in Greensboro and sent the top of the league standings into chaos with a week to go in the regular season.
Heading into Friday’s conference games, Person, Northern Guilford and Eastern Alamance were in a three-way tie for the Mid-State lead — all at 8-3 in league play.
Rockingham County and Western Alamance are still in the hunt for the conference championship at 7-4.
Eastern Alamance has the tiebreaker among the top three after sweeping the season series against Northern Guilford and have the easiest path to a conference championship with games remaining against the bottom two teams in the conference, McMichael and Morehead, sandwiched around a trip to Western Alamance next Tuesday night.
Person traveled to last-place McMichael Friday, while Northern Guilford faced Rockingham County in another huge late-season conference showdown.
Results were unavailable at press time.
The Rockets motored through the first half of the conference season, winning their first six before falling to NE Guilford.
Since that setback, Person has gone 2-2 in league play.
Person heads to Rockingham County Tuesday night before wrapping up the regular season Friday night at NE Guilford. The Rockets could still win the conference championship outright or fall to as low as fifth and would have to rely on an at-large berth to make the state playoffs.
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The Person High School boys’ basketball team put itself in position to play its way into an automatic bid to the state playoffs by knocking off reigning Mid-State champion Northern Guilford, 43-39 Tuesday in Greensboro.
The victory put the Rockets in a tie with Western Alamance for third in the conference at 7-4 heading into Friday’s game at second-place McMichael (8-3). Results were unavailable at press time.
Person trailed Northern Guilford 26-20 at the half, but erupted on a 17-4 run in the third and held on for the win.
The Rockets close the regular season next week at the bottom two teams in the conference — Rockingham County and NE Guilford.
Both McMichael and Western Alamance will face regular season conference champion Eastern Alamance (21-0) next week.