Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tuesday's top H.S. basketball games to see (1/29)

USJ (20-3, 8-0) at St. George’s (15-5, 5-2) (Girls)

Last meeting: USJ won 58-43

Players to watch: USJ post Eliza Edwards

What to know: The Lady Bruins are on a 10-game winning streak, and this is one of two tough tests remaining on the path to a No. 1 seed in the region tournament. USJ won the first one at home, but now the Lady Bruins must travel to Collierville and play on the road. St. George’s is coming off of a bad loss at JCS, and the Gryphons are in a fight with JCS for the No. 2 spot in the district.


Middleton (15-6, 7-1) at Scotts Hill (16-5, 7-1) (Girls)

Last meeting: Middleton won 49-48

Players to watch: Middleton post Deja Fualkner; Scotts Hill post Chelsea Wyatt

What to know: This is an incredibly tough and decisive week for the Lady Tigers. Middleton plays Scotts Hill and then Madison on Friday. The Lady Tigers beat Scotts Hill in a tight game at home, but Scotts Hill is not an easy place to play at. The Lady Lions’ lone loss in district play is against Middleton, and Middleton’s came against TCA. The winner of this will hold sole possession of the No. 1 spot in District 15-A for the time being.


Gleason (18-4, 12-1) at Dresden (16-4, 11-2) (Girls)

Last meeting: Gleason won 62-42

Players to watch: Gleason post Briana Jones; Dresden guard Amy McAlpin

What to know: Gleason sits atop District 13-A with only one loss in District 13-A play. The Lady Bulldogs must win on the road at county-rival Dresden to stay on top. Dresden is just a game behind Gleason, and the Lady Lions still can win the No. 1 seed in the district tournament themselves. Gleason cruised to an early lead in the first meeting en route to the win. Dresden cannot allow that to happen this time around if the Lady Lions want to win.


McNairy Central (18-4, 8-2) at Lexington (10-10, 5-5) (Girls)

Last meeting: McNairy Central won 55-39

Players to watch: McNairy Central post Mallorie Sweat; Lexington post Kalee Goff

What to know: Lexington is coming off a strong week where the Lady Tigers beat Dirty Dozen teams Bolivar, Scotts Hill and Chester County before falling in overtime at South Side. McNairy Central is still in the race for first place in the district, so the Lady Bobcats can’t overlook a rejuvenated Lexington team. A win here for Lexington and the Lady Tigers can forget about the bad first half of the season and look forward at making a possible run in the postseason.


Dyersburg (15-8, 8-6) at Gibson County (15-7, 8-6) (Girls)

Last meeting: Dyersburg won 62-60

Players to watch: Gibson County guard Jasmine Whittemore; Dyersburg guard Chari Swift

What to know: These two teams come in tied for fourth place in District 13-AA after Dyersburg’s loss to Westview on Monday. Gibson County lost the lead in the fourth quarter in the first meeting, but this time the game is at home. The Lady Pioneers will be focused on finishing this time around. The winner of this game has the inside track at a home tournament game against the loser of the game, more than likely. Gibson County will look to play tough pressure defense to force turnovers and easy baskets.


Crockett County (17-6, 12-2) at Haywood (13-10, 8-5) (Boys)

Last meeting: Crockett County won 57-55

Players to watch: Crockett County guard Elijah Shaw; Haywood forward Sadarius Delk

What to know: Crockett County is riding a seven-game winning streak. The Cavaliers have their eyes set on a No. 2 seed in the District 13-AA tournament, so a win on the road at Haywood is a must. Crockett County pulled out the game at home, but winning on the road is a different monster. Haywood is on a two-game winning streak after losing three games in a row. The Tomcats are sitting in fourth place and looking for the opportunity to climb the standings in the late season.


Humboldt (15-5, 6-4) at Greenfield (14-5, 9-3) (Boys)

Last meeting: Greenfield won 57-45

Players to watch: Greenfield guard Hunter Crouse; Humboldt guard De’Sonta Bradford

What to know: With the regular season soon coming to a close, both of these teams are fighting for the No 2 slot in the standings behind Union City. Greenfield had a hot first half of the season and beat the Vikings in Humboldt. The Yellowjackets have lost a few games since the undefeated first half of the season, but a No. 2 seed in the tournament would be a good season. Greenfield will not want to lose on its home floor.

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