No. 3 South Fulton (19-11) vs. No. 1 Humboldt (23-6) (Region 7-A boys’ semifinal)
Time: 7:30 p.m. at Humboldt
Previous meetings: Humboldt swept two meetings (58-43; 56-47)
Players to watch: South Fulton guard Harrison Hawks; Humboldt guard De’Sonta Bradford
Next opponent: Winner advances to the region championship to play the Union City-Lake County winner
What to know: Humboldt took over as host of the Region 7-A tournament after District 14-A swept the region quarterfinals. The Vikings are tough to beat at home and have won nine of their last 10 games overall. South Fulton finished third in the District 14-A tournament, and the Red Devils are 3-3 in their last six games. Humboldt will look to push the ball and use its quickness as an advantage. The winner is one step away from the state tournament, a spot Humboldt has played for many times in recent history.
No. 2 Middleton (21-9) vs. No. 4 Scotts Hill (20-8) (Region 8-A girls’ semifinal)
Time: 7:30 p.m. at TCA
Previous meetings: Two teams split two meetings (Middleton won 49-48; Scotts Hill won 42-39)
Players to watch: Middleton post Deja Faulkner; Scotts Hill post Chelsea Wyatt
Next opponent: Winner advances to the region championship to play the Riverside-Madison winner
What to know: Both teams had an opportunity to win in the two regular season meetings. Middleton has won four of its last five games. The Lady Tigers are playing in their seventh region semifinal in the last nine years, so they have experience at this level. Middleton fell to Adamsville in the region semifinals last year at TCA, but the Lady Tigers return that entire team minus Rachelle Parks (injury) with a year more of experience. Scotts Hill slipped up in the district tournament with two losses, but the Lady Lions responded with a win over top-seeded Booker T. Washington. Scotts Hill is playing in its third straight region semifinal.
No. 1 Riverside (18-11) vs. No. 3 Madison (22-10) (Region 8-A girls’ semifinal)
Time: 6 p.m. at TCA
Previous meetings: Madison swept two meetings (54-47; 59-46)
Players to watch: Riverside forward Lauren Jones; Madison post Dakota Smith
Next opponent: Winner advances to the region championship to play the Middleton-Scotts Hill winner
What to know: Riverside has gotten hot at just the right time to win the District 15-A crown. The Lady Panthers have won their last four straight games and eight of their last nine. Riverside is playing in its first region semifinal since 2007, and now it will try to get to the championship for the first time since 2002. The Lady Mustangs are also playing well, winning 11 of their last 13 games. Madison has solid guards and two dominant post players. Madison has advanced to the region semifinals eight of the last nine years and are looking to advance to the region championship for the fifth time in that period.
No. 2 Westview (27-5) vs. No. 4 Obion County (26-9) (Region 7-AA girls’ semifinal)
Time: 6 p.m. at Dyersburg
Previous meetings: Westview has won two of the three meetings (Westview won 57-48, 59-53 (Dist.); Obion County won 47-40)
Players to watch: Westview post Teddy Vincent; Obion County post Brandi Goodman
Next opponent: Winner advances to the region championship to play the Covington-Dyersburg winner
What to know: Westview and Obion County are two of six area teams to have advanced to the region tournament every year since 2003. The Lady Chargers have reached the semifinals nine times and Obion County eight. The two will play again for a spot in the sectional round of the postseason. Obion County center, a Memphis signee, is a tough matchup for any team with her inside strength. Westview will look to hit some 3-pointers like it did in the district semifinals. These two teams have played in some classics over the past five years, and this one should be the same.
No. 2 Dyer County (19-9) vs. No. 4 North Side (13-18) (Region 7-AAA girls’ semifinal)
Time: 7:30 p.m. at Brighton
Previous meetings: Dyer County swept two meetings (59-54; 72-39)
Players to watch: North Side guard Brendi Stokes
Next opponent: Winner advances to the region championship to play the Munford-Hardin County winner
What to know: Dyer County has swept North Side during the regular season, but the Lady Indians are coming off their biggest win of the season over top-seeded Millington. This is Dyer County’s first berth in the region semifinals in over a decade (our records only go back to 2003). North Side on the other hand has played in eight region semifinals in that time period. So one big question is how the Lady Choctaws will play on a big stage? But rest assured that Derek McCord will have Dyer County ready to play. North Side will rely on guards Jada Perkins and Brendi Stokes to limit turnovers and put points on the board.