Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Tuesday's top games to see (1/8)

Madison (11-6, 4-0) at Middleton (9-5, 3-1) (Girls)

Last year: Madison swept 52-39; 63-56

Players to watch: Madison guard Cayla Sheets; Middleton guard Averyale Joy

What to know: These are the top two teams in the district standings. Both teams have quickness and will try to use it to their ability. These teams could meet a couple more times this season and postseason. Madison is looking to find consistency game to game, and Middleton is looking to play solid defense.


Bolivar (11-3, 5-0) at Chester County (10-4, 4-0) (Girls)

Last year: Bolivar won all three meetings (50-47; 41-36; 55-50 (Dist.))

Players to watch: Bolivar guard Kelsey Kirk; Chester County guard Darby Miskelly

What to know: This is the first of two tough games this week for Bolivar. If Bolivar comes away with two victories this week over Chester County and McNairy Central, the Lady Tigers in the front seat to earn the No. 1 seed in the district tournament. Chester County is playing with confidence right now and win over Bolivar would be a big momentum boost for the second half of the season.


Greenfield (9-5, 4-3) at Gleason (12-4, 7-1) (Girls)

Earlier meeting: Greenfield won 40-35

Players to watch: Greenfield forward Brittany Peoples; Gleason guard Jaclyn Montgomery

What to know: A big cross-county rivalry game. Greenfield took the earlier meeting by five points, but this one could go either way. Gleason is playing well lately with the only recent loss coming against Westview. Greenfield lost Friday against South Fulton and needs to get back to winning to compete in a tough District 14-A.


JCS (8-9, 2-1) at USJ (3-9, 1-2) (Boys)

Last year: USJ swept the series 52-41, 60-48

Players to watch: JCS post Lucas Pyron; USJ guard Trey Teel

What to know: Next year this matchup will no longer be a district contest so the teams will have to make the most of it this year. USJ has dominated the series in recent history behind the play of John Ross Glover. The Eagles are looking to get back to winning in the series. The Bruins have had a tough start to the season, but they have played some tough competition also. USJ would love to win and use this as a boost into the second half of the season.


Fayette-Ware (14-3, 5-0) at South Side (10-1, 4-1) (Boys)

Last year: South Side swept the season series

Players to watch: Fayette-Ware guard Carlos Hart; South Side guard Jaylen Barford

What to know: Fayette-Ware has had a renewal in the program this season and are off to a good start. All three of the Wildcats losses are to teams in Memphis. Fayette-Ware has already beaten Bolivar and Liberty this season. South Side opened the second half of the season with a win over JCM, and the Hawks want to continue to stay unbeaten in 14-AA play. The winner of this game will be the lone unbeaten in district play.


McKenzie (11-5, 7-1) at West Carroll (9-7, 7-1) (Boys)

Earlier meeting: West Carroll won 70-68

Players to watch: McKenzie guard Trevor Willis; West Carroll guard Jamal Glenn

What to know: These are the only two teams that are 7-1 in district play. Dresden is a half-game back at 6-1. West Carroll won the first meeting in a close one, but the War Eagles can’t expect McKenzie to just lay down this time. West Carroll will be coming off of a tough game the night before against TCA and will have to make sure they have their legs in the fourth quarter.

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