Harnett Central’s varsity basketball teams bowed out of the NCHSAA 3-A playoffs on Tuesday night as their first-round opponents put together successful comebacks.
The Central boys were on top 20-9 at the end of the first quarter but visiting Dudley rallied for a 63-56 win.
At Rocky Mount, the Central girls held a 12-8 lead after eight minutes, but the Gryphons battled back for a 47-39 victory.
The Central boys finished with a 13-12 record. The Panthers (16-11) move on to meet second-seeded Northern Nash (25-1) in the second round on Thursday night. The Knights advanced with a 75-61 win over Havelock.
Rocky Mount got 19 points from senior Mya Pittman and 16 points from classmate Jada Morris added 16 as the Gryphons improved to 19-7. The Central girls wrapped up at 18-7.
Rocky Mount visits top-seeded E.E. Smith (27-1) in the second round on Thursday night.