Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday's top HS basketball games to see (2/22)

No. 4 Lake County (5-22) at No. 1 McKenzie (22-7) (Region 7-A boys’ quarterfinal)

Time: 7 p.m.
Previous meetings: Haven’t met in recent history

Players to watch: Lake County guard Zay Coleman; McKenzie guard Trevor Willis

Next opponent: Winner plays the Union City-Huntingdon winner

What to know: McKenzie has won 12 of its last 14 games, but Lake County will provide a tough test. The Rebels will have to come out and shoot the ball well for the start. If they get behind 16-1 like they did in the district championship, a comeback is probably out of the question. Lake County might only have five wins, but the Falcons are still a dangerous team.


USJ (24-5) at Franklin Road Academy (27-3) (Division II-A girls’ sub-state)

Time: 6 p.m.
Previous meetings: FRA won 70-27 in last year’s sub-state

Players to watch: USJ post Eliza Edwards; FRA’s Derica Wyatt

Next opponent: Winner advances to the Division II-A state semifinals

What to know: These teams played last year with FRA winning easily, but this year’s game should be much closer. Two Miss Basketball finalists will be featured in USJ’S Eliza Edwards and FRA’s Derica Wyatt, an Oklahoma signee. The Lady Bruins will have to stay out of foul trouble and play their best game of the season to pull out a win.


No. 4 Scotts Hill (19-8) at No. 1 Booker T. Washington (Region 8-A girls’ quarterfinal)

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Previous meetings: Scotts Hill won 65-43 in last year’s region quarterfinals

Players to watch: Scotts Hill post Chelsea Wyatt; BTW’s Terrica Robinson

Next opponent: Winner advances to play the Middleton-Soulsville winner

What to know: These two teams met last year in a No. 1 vs. No. 4 matchup, and Scotts Hill pulled out the win. The Lady Lions will look to do the same this season. Scotts Hill didn’t fare well in the district tournament down in Middleton, but this is a new tournament and Scotts Hill could return to its old self that won the regular season title. The Lady Lions will look to score off their offensive sets on offense and slow down BTW on defense.


No. 3 Dyersburg (20-10) at No. 2 McNairy Central (22-7) (Region 7-AA girls’ quarterfinal)

Time: 7 p.m.
Previous meetings: Dyersburg won 85-65 in Nov. 2011

Players to watch: Dyersburg post Chari Swift; McNairy Central post Mallorie Sweat

Next opponent: Winner advance to play the Covington-South Side winner

What to know: The Lady Bobcats are coming off a heartbreaking loss to Bolivar when Tymeria Franklin was fouled at the buzzer and sank a free throw. McNairy Central will be playing at home in this one. Dyersburg played well in the district tournament, taking state-ranked Covington to overtime and beating Obion County. The Lady Trojans will hope that momentum continues into the region tournament.


No. 4 Obion County (25-9) at No. 1 Bolivar (21-6) (Region 7-AA girls’ quarterfinal)

Time: 7 p.m.
Previous meetings: Bolivar won 56-44 earlier this season

Players to watch: Obion County post Brandi Goodman; Bolivar guard Tionne Herron

Next opponent: Winner advances to play the Westview-Chester County winner

What to know: Bolivar has experience beating Obion County this season as the two played in November in Bolivar. But now we are in tournament time, and this game could go either way. The Lady Tigers have won eight of their last nine games. Bolivar will look to push the ball quickly up the floor on offense, but the key will be how the Lady Tigers defend Brandi Goodman. Obion County is coming off two straight losses in the district tournament and will look to get back to winning.


No. 3 Chester County (20-10) at No. 2 Westview (26-5) (Region 7-AA girls’ quarterfinal)

Time: 7 p.m.
Previous meetings: Westview won 65-48 in Nov. 2005

Players to watch: Chester County post Iesha Sims; Westview post Teddy Vincent

Next opponent: Winner advances to play the Bolivar-Obion County winner

What to know: Westview took Covington to overtime in the district championship before falling. The Lady Chargers will look to get back to winning, as they won six of their last seven games before that loss to Covington. Chester County plays tough defense that will look to slow down Westview’s guards pushing the ball up the court.


No. 4 North Side (12-18) at No. 1 Millington (15-14) (Region 7-AAA girls’ quarterfinal)

Time: 7 p.m.
Previous meetings: Millington won 63-60 in Mar. 2010

Players to watch: North Side guard Jada Perkins; Millington’s Tiara Caldwell

Next opponent: Winner advances to play the Dyer County-Bolton winner

What to know: North Side has to have hope going into this game. Millington lost to Munford twice as well as Dyer County, Middleton and Bolivar once. The Lady Indians have a win over Bolivar on the season. If the Lady Indians come out composed, North Side could have a shot at the end of the game to advance.

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