Saturday, January 5, 2013

Saturday's top games to see (11/5)

TCA (7-4, 1-1) at Madison (10-6, 3-0) (Girls)

Last year: Madison won both meetings (61-41, 56-48)

Players to watch:  TCA post Lacy Henson; Madison post Dakota Smith

What to know: Which Madison team will show up? The Lady Mustangs have beaten some solid teams, but have lost two of their last four games. This is the first of three straight games against tough District 15-A opponents. TCA has won four of its last five games with the loss coming against South Side. A win here for the Lady Lions could be a big momentum boost toward a postseason run. Madison has to find consistency on a nightly basis.


St. George’s (11-3, 2-0) at USJ (10-3, 3-0) (Girls)

Last year: Teams split two meetings last season

Players to watch: USJ post Eliza Edwards

What to know: These are the top two teams in the district, which means that the No. 1 seed is on the line tonight and when the two meet in Collierville later in the season. Both have beaten the defending district champion Fayette Academy. The Lady Bruins played well in the first half of the season with one loss coming before Christmas, but USJ will be tested by the Lady Gryphons.


Liberty (9-6, 3-2) at Union City (12-5, 6-1) (Boys)

Last year: Did not play

Players to watch:  Liberty guard Daniel Hill; Union City’s Malik Stocksdale

What to know: Liberty reached the championship game of the Poplar Bluff (Mo.) Showdown over the Christmas break before falling to Jonesboro (Ark.). Union City won the Murray Bank Laker Classic with a win over Calloway County. This will be a good non-district test for both teams. Liberty is looking to continue to find its identity after a Class AA semifinal finish last season. Union City is looking to find its way back to the Class A state tournament this season.


Adamsville (7-6, 1-2) at Hardin County (14-1, 3-1) (Boys)

Earlier meeting: Hardin County won 69-31

Players to watch:  Adamsville forward Lane Burcham; Hardin County guard Kelby Wardlow

What to know: Hardin County is coming off a big district game the night before, but the Tigers will have to regroup quickly to play rival Adamsville. Adamsville will be playing a tough district opponent of its own the night before in Riverside. This one might come down to who has their legs in the fourth quarter and make some outside shots.


Greenfield (9-3, 6-1) at Gibson County (2-15, 0-8) (Boys)

Earlier meeting: Greenfield won 49-42

Players to watch: Greenfield guard Tony Robinson; Gibson County guard Colton Marcle

What to know: These two teams will be in the same district next year, so the Yellowjackets would like to pick up the season sweep this season to be ready. Tony Robinson has had a great first half of the season to position Greenfield on top of District 14-A. The Yellowjackets want to continue the success in the second half of the season. Gibson County picked up a win over JCM followed by taking Bradford to overtime over the Christmas break, and the Pioneers want to continue to build off of that.

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