Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday's top H.S. games to see (2/1)

Middleton (15-7, 7-2) at Madison (17-8, 8-2) (Girls)

Last meeting: Middleton won 63-46

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

What to know: This is the second of two tough games this week for the Lady Tigers. Middleton won easily at home in the first meeting, but the Lady Tigers won’t count on that to happen again. After losing Tuesday, Middleton will be hungry for a win to stay in the title race. Madison is still in the running for the No. 1 seed along with Scotts Hill. Madison wasn’t happy with the way it played in the first meeting and revenge will be on their minds in this one.


Chester County (16-7, 9-2) at Bolivar (16-5, 10-1) (Girls)

Last meeting: Bolivar won 66-65

Players to watch: Chester County guard Tamacha Couch; Bolivar guard Tionne Herron

What to know: The first meeting was extremely close in Henderson, but now the game is in Bolivar, where the Lady Tigers have a definite advantage. Chester County beat McNairy Central on Friday to stay in the title race and with a win here everything will be up in the air. The Eaglettes play tough defense, and the Lady Tigers will have to rely on their guards to break through the press.


Huntingdon (19-4, 12-2) at Gleason (18-5, 12-2) (Girls)

Last meeting: Huntingdon won 40-30

Players to watch: Huntingdon guard Allee Maxwell; Gleason guard Jaclyn Montgomery

What to know: Since Gleason fell to Dresden on Tuesday, three teams are tied atop the District 13-A standings. Huntingdon, Dresden and Gleason are 12-2 in district play. The loser of this game is looking at the No. 3 spot in the district tournament. The winner is in a tie with Dresden for the top spot. Huntingdon still has a tough West Carroll team to go though.


South Side (17-2, 10-2) at Fayette-Ware (19-5, 9-2) (Boys)

Last meeting: South Side won 98-62

Players to watch: South Side guard A.J. Merriweather

What to know: South Side and Fayette-Ware are tied at the top with two losses in District 14-AA play, so this game has much riding on it. The Hawks did as they pleased against Fayette-Ware in the first matchup, but don’t expect the game to be as easy this time around. Both teams are extremely athletic with some good shooters. The Hawks have had some slips in the fourth quarter, so playing a full game will be important.


North Side (12-11, 2-5) at Hardin County (18-2, 4-2) (Boys)

Last meeting: Hardin County won 63-61 in 2OT

Players to watch: North Side forward Larry Fuller; Hardin County post Will Shelton

What to know: Hardin County is in a race for second place in the district with Munford, so a win here is a must to keep that alive. The Tigers won in double overtime at North Side, and they are much better on their home floor. North Side has been playing much better recently, and the Indians would love to beat the Tigers on their home floor. Post play will be the difference in this game.


USJ (5-16, 2-6) at JCS (12-10, 6-2) (Boys)

Last meeting: JCS won 67-53

Players to watch: USJ guard Peyton Fendley; JCS post Lucas Pyron

What to know: JCS is one of three teams along with Fayette Academy and St. George’s that are sitting atop the district with two losses. This is a rivalry where records are thrown out the window, and the Bruins will be hungry for a win. JCS won the first meeting behind 35 points by Lucas Pyron. If the Eagles lose, they could fall from first to as far down as third place entering the region tournament in two weeks’ time.

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