Jaclyn Shambaugh Staff writer @jaclynshambaugh

Check any NCISAA basketball team’s preseason list of goals, and Trinity Christian assistant coach Chuck Webster said landing the top seed in the playoffs should be high up on the list.

“Every team has that goal to start the season,” Webster said.

Two Fayetteville teams can check that box. The Trinity boys (22-6) and the Northwood Temple girls (19-5) are the top seeds in the private school 1-A tournaments, earning a double bye through the quarterfinal round of play.

The Crusaders, last season’s state runners-up, will host their quarterfinal contest Saturday at the Fuller Recreation Center, Trinity’s home gym, before play moves to sites in Winston-Salem.

The semifinal round of the boys’ 1-A tournament will be at Calvary Day School on Feb. 23, and Forsyth Country Day will host all NCISAA finals Feb. 24.

Should Trinity survive the quarterfinals, that No. 1 seed could be crucial, Webster said, giving Trinity a 3:30 p.m. start in the semifinal round, a few hours earlier than the other semifinal.

“What we like about it the most is that in the semis, you play an earlier game and the final, you play later,” Webster said. “You get a little more rest and a chance to get your legs back before the final.

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