Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tuesday's top games to watch (11/20)

North Side at South Side (girls) -- I will be here. The North Side football is still alive in state semifinals, and that means three of the Indians' starters won't be available. So the girls' game will be featured here. South Side dropped its opening game against Westview. North Side is 0-2. A win by South Side would be big in starting this season. Ke'Shunan James and Stephanie Tipler will need to stay out of foul trouble. North Side has been hit by injuries. Brendi Stokes is going to have to play her game for the Lady Indians to have a shot.

McNairy Central at Middleton (girls) --McNairy Central is off to a hot start despite losing a lot of scoring to graduation. The Lady Bobcats beat Madison and North Side. The post play of McNairy's Mikaela Rowland vs. Middleton's Deja Fualkner along with the matchup of McNairy's Briana Phelps against Middleton's Averyale Joy will be ones to watch.

Bradford at Gleason (girls) -- These two teams hold a combined nine state championships, and both are looking to build back to that level. Bradford in under a new coach in Merideth Jacobs. Amanda Evans and Leah Beth Reeves are key for the Lady Red Devils. Gleason lost last night to Greenfield, and the Lady Bulldogs want to rebound with a win. Post Briana Jones will be key for Gleason.

Greenfield at Dresden (girls) -- These are two new-look teams. Greenfield opened with a win last night, and the Lady Yellowjackets will look to Brittany Peoples to keep the winning going tonight.
Dresden lost four key players from last year, which means Amy McAlpin and Carrie Hatchel will have to carry most of the load.

Hardin County at Adamsville (girls) -- Hardin County could be one of the teams to beat in 13-AAA if the Lady Tigers continue to improve. Emily Gray is key in the post for Hardin County. Adamsville beat Clarksburg last night, but Hardin County will bring a tougher test. Keatinez Lloyd will run the offense at guard.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday's Games to Watch (11/19)

Today begins the first official day of high school basketball, and there are a few games worth watching in West Tennessee.

Big Sandy at Sacred Heart (Girls) -- I wll be here. Sacred Heart enters its second season of varsity basketball. Breanna Hunt leads the Lady Knights. Luz Mena was an All-West Tennessee member last season, and she is expected to have a big season this year.

Gleason at Greenfield (Girls) -- An all-Weskley County showdown to start the season. Gleason comes in loaded from last season and expecting to make noise in 13-A. But playing at Greenfield is no easy task. Gleason is led by post Briana Jones and guard Jocelyn Montgomery. The Lady Bulldogs will play tough defense. Greenfield lost three starters from last season. The Lady Yellowjackets are led by Brittany Peoples.

Camden at Huntingdon (Both) -- Camden comes to Huntingdon to open the season. On the girls' side, Camden is looking to be much improved from last season, and Huntingdon wants to be able to take that next step to wint he district and maybe reach the region semifinals. The Lady Lions are led by Kristen Capps, and Huntingson is led by Allee Maxwell.

Bolivar at Mitchell (Boys) -- Mitchell finished as runner-up in Class AA last season an beat South Side in sectionals and Liberty in state semifinals. Mitchell returns the core of that team. Bolivar is looking to get back to the state tournament after missing out last year, and that trip might go through Mitchell in sectionals. Bolivar is led by Chris Woods and Jerrious Sain.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thursday's H.S. basketball games to watch

Middleton at Humboldt (Boys) -- I will be here. These two teams are usually at the top of the districts and among the best in West Tennessee. Middleton comes in 0-1 after losing at Dyer County on Tuesday. Humboldt hasn't played yet. The Tigers will look to use Tr'Darius Girley to get a lead early. Humboldt is young, starting five juniors. D'Sonta Bradford showed he can play last year, and now he will try and back that up for a second year. Nic McLilly will also be a go-to player for Humboldt.

McNairy at North Side (Girls) -- David Thomas will be here. On the girls' side, North Side opened the season with a loss, and McNairy opened with a win. The Lady Bobcats will look to work off that opening win. Briana Phelps is an extremely quick guard that can break through the press. North Side was led Tuesday by Destiny Robinson with 16 points, and the Lady Indians will look this time to get a second scorer into double figures.

JCS at Hardin County (Boys) -- JCS is a new look team this year after the graduation of four post players. Watch for William Welch's ability to shoot the 3. Lucas Pyron will look to work the ball inside. Hardin County had a strong season last year, and the Tigers want to work off that and improve this season. Will Shelton is a tough shooter for Hardin County underneath. Jonathan Roach and Kelby Wardlow are also tough for the Tigers.

Trenton Peabody at Milan (Girls) -- Michael Hart begins is tenure at Trenton Peabody tonight against a cross-town rival. The Lady Tide are strong defensively and will try to use that to win games. Moesha Marsh and Jasmine Pitts are two players to watch for Peabody. Tony Hill begins his second year in charge of the Lady Bulldogs. Meredith Fry and Iva Estrada lead this team at guard.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tuesday's Games to Watch (11/13)

The high school basketball season is here. We at The Jackson Sun are going to bring you more coverage through the printed newspaper, online subscriptions and social media. I am going to bring you the top games to see beginning with today's Hall of Champions games.

Lexington at Gibson County (Girls) -- I will be here. Two very storied high school girls' programs in West Tennessee. Lexington is predicted to contend for the District 14-AA title with a strong inside game led by Andrea Moffitt and Kalee Goff. If Caitlin McGill and Adi Hale play to potential, the Lady Tigers will be hard to stop. Gibson County is under a new head coach in Mitch Wilkins after Michael Hart left for Trenton Peabody. The Lady Pioneers will have a new look as four starters graduated last year. Jasmine Whittemore will be a player to watch for Gibson County.

Covington at Bolivar (Both) -- On the boys' side, this should be a great matchup with a potential rematch coming in the region tournament in February. Covington received three big name transfers during the offseason. Demetrius Dyson came in from Brighton and Tarecus and Chevia Hughes came over from Haywood. All three say plenty of playing time last season for their respective team. Bolivar always seems to be able to rebuild quickly. With the graduation of Deandre McKinnie and Trey Polk, the Tigers will have to again. On the girls' side, these two teams are projected near the top of their respective district this season. Bolivar is led by senior guard Shunice Herron. Tymeria Franklin will be eligible this year after sitting out last year after transferring from McNairy Central. Covington is led by Precious Harvey.

McNairy Central at Madison (Girls) -- These two teams always seem to provide a great game in the first week of the season. Madison lost three starters from last year, but the Lady Mustangs played deep each game. Cayla Sheets and Jasmine Washington will provide leadership at guard. McNairy Central lost 30 points a game with the graduation of Chelsea Mikaela Rowland Bodiford and Kindra Brown. Mikaela Rowland will lead the Lady Bobcats at post along with guard Brianna Phelps.

Bruceton at Bradford (Boys) -- Bradford returns four starters from last season, and the Red Devils are looking to be competitive in District 14-A. Tyler McCartney leads Bradford after averaging 17.6 points a game last year. Bruceton should provide a good early-season test for the Red Devils. Rekayis McCauley leads the Tigers along with Paul Uldrich.