Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday's top games to see (12/14)

Bolivar (8-3, 3-0) at South Side (4-2, 2-1) (Girls)        

Last year: Bolivar swept the two meetings (55-43; 54-45)

Players to watch: South Side post Stephanie Tipler; Bolivar guard Tionne Herron

What to know: This will be a big test for South Side to see exactly where the Lady Hawks are in the district. Bolivar has already picked up three wins in district play, and the Lady Tigers look to be the team to beat. Bolivar is full of talented guards, so the difference might be South Side’s Stephanie Tipler and her ability to score underneath the basket.


Lexington (4-6, 1-2) at Chester County (5-2, 1-1) (Girls)

Last year: Chester County won both meetings (42-34; 45-39)

Players to watch: Chester County guard Tamacha Couch; Lexington post Kalee Goff

What to know: The Lady Tigers are off to a slow start in district play with losses to South Side and Bolivar. If Lexington wants to compete again for the district title, the Lady Tigers need to get back to winning ways. Chester County’s only loss is to Union City, and the Eaglettes are playing well this season behind the guard play of Tamacha Couch.


Gibson County (7-2, 3-2) at Dyersburg (3-4, 2-3) (Girls)

Last year: Dyersburg won both meetings (67-46; 59-41)

Players to watch: Gibson County guard Jasmine Whittemore; Dyersburg guard Myah Taylor

What to know: The Lady Pioneers barely missed out on the district semifinals and a berth in the region tournament last year. Gibson County is under a new head coach in Mitch Wilkinsand looking to rise back to the top four in the district. Dyersburg is in rebuilding mode, and looking for a big district win. The Lady Pioneers will play in-your-face defense and try to create turnovers.


Bolivar (7-4, 3-0) at South Side (8-1, 2-1) (Boys)

Last year: Bolivar took two of the three meetings (Won 81-63; 72-63; Lost 61-59 (Reg.))

Players to watch: South Side guard Jaylen Barford; Bolivar guard Jerrious Sain

What to know: A tough week continues for South Side. The Hawks take on Liberty on Tuesday and follow that up with Bolivar. After this week, South Side will know exactly where it stands in the district. These are expected to be the top two teams in the district and both have a shot at making the state tournament in March.


Middleton (4-6, 2-0) at TCA (5-1, 1-0) (Boys)

Last year: Middleton won two of the three meetings (Won 76-49; 58-40 (Dist.); Lost 65-64)

Players to watch: TCA guard William Hall; Middleton guard Cornelius Patterson

What to know: These were the top two teams in the district last season, and they have to potential to be the top two again. Middleton has started slow with some tough competition, but the Tigers opened district play with a win over Adamsville. TCA was out of school most of last week and didn’t get to play any of its three scheduled games. Are the Lions back in playing shape and ready to face a quick team like Middleton?


Hardin County (7-1, 1-1) at North Side (4-7, 1-2) (Boys)

Last year: North Side won two of the three meetings (Won 67-55; 67-60; Lost 76-57 (Dist.))

Players to watch: North Side post Antoine Williams; Hardin County post Will Shelton

What to know: North Side is still trying to get its three football players back into basketball mode. Hardin County is off to a hot start, winning its first six games before falling to Dyer County Friday. The Tigers are looking to build off a third-place finish last season where Hardin Count beat the Indians in the consolation game. This game should feature to good post players in Will Shelton and Antoine Williams.


Haywood (5-4, 3-2) at Crockett County (6-3, 4-1) (Boys)

Last year: Haywood won all three meetings (78-44; 70-62; 75-69)

Players to watch: Haywood post Sadarius Delk; Crockett County forward William Edwards

What to know: Both of these teams are fighting for position in District 13-AA play. Both are currently in the top half of the district standings. The Tomcats’ two losses are to the top two teams in the district. Both teams have speed and the ability to shoot the ball well outside. Rebounding could be the difference in this game.


Greenfield (7-0, 4-0) at Humboldt (6-2, 2-2) (Boys)

Last year: Humboldt won two of the three meetings (Won 67-58; 68-42 (Reg.); Lost 51-50)

Players to watch: Greenfield guard Tony Robinson; Humboldt guard De’Sonta Bradford
What to know: Greenfield is proving to be one of the best in 14-A after picking up wins over Lake County, Bradford and Trenton Peabody. Humboldt started district play strong, but lost both games last week to Lake County and Union City. A win here is big for both teams. Greenfield wants to stay undefeated, and Humboldt wants to get out of the losing slump.

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