No. 2 TCA (23-4) vs. No. 3 Adamsville (16-10) (District 15-A boys’ semifinal)
Time: 7:30 p.m. at Middleton
Previous meetings: Split two meetings (Adamsville won 57-55; TCA won 54-48)
Players to watch: TCA guard William Hall; Adamsville guard Tucker Campbell
Next opponent: Winner advances to the district championship to play the Middleton/Riverside winner
What to know: The Lions are on a three-game winning streak since last losing to Adamsville. TCA has been ranked in the Class A Top 10 all season. The Cardinals have won eight of their last 10 games. Adamsville is a much improved team from last year and has a shot at winning the district title, but Adamsville has to get through the semifinals first. TCA plays deep into its bench, and that type of team is perfect for tournament time.
No. 1 South Side (21-2) vs. No. 4 Bolivar (16-10) (District 14-AA boys’ semifinal)
Time: 6 p.m. at Chester County
Previous meetings: Split two meetings (South Side won 87-83; Bolivar won 82-81)
Players to watch: South Side guard A.J.Merriweather; Bolivar guard Jerrious Sain
Next opponent: Winner advances to district championship to play the Liberty/Fayette-Ware winner
What to know: The Tigers responded from a two-game losing streak with a big win over Lexington in the district quarterfinals. Can Bolivar keep it up? Both games between these two teams have been extremely close during the regular season and this one should be also. South Side is on a seven-game winning streak since the Hawks last lost to Bolivar. South Side senior AJ Merriweather was named a Class AA Mr. Basketball finalist this week.
No. 2 Liberty (22-7) vs. No. 3 Fayette-Ware (21-7) (District 14-AA boys’ semifinal)
Time: 7:30 p.m. at Chester County
Previous meetings: Split two meetings (Fayette-Ware won 68-61; Liberty won 67-64)
Players to watch: Liberty guard Daniel Hill; Fayette-Ware guard Shaquille Cooper
Next opponent: Winner advances to district championship to play the South Side/Bolivar winner
What to know: The Crusaders have won 15 of their last 17 games and seem to be back in top-notch form. Liberty knows how to win when it comes to postseason play, as the Crusaders have won three state titles and finished in the semifinals since 2006. Fayette-Ware is 3-3 in its last six games after playing well through most of the season.
No. 2 Munford (15-10) vs. No. 3 Hardin County (20-4) (District 13-AAA boys’ semifinal)
Time: 7:30 p.m. at Munford
Previous meetings: Split two meetings (Hardin County won 49-45; Munford won 55-52)
Players to watch: Munford guard Jonathan Starks; Hardin County post Will Shelton
Next opponent: Winner advances to the district championship to play the Dyer County/North Side winner
What to know: These two teams have had some battles this season and the two wins are by a combined seven points. The two played just a week ago with Munford pulling out the win. The Tigers started slow and trailed 18-2 after the first quarter, but made a big comeback. Munford’s Kameron Foster was ejected from the game, so he should be ineligible in this one. Hardin County was 0-19 two years ago, so a berth in the district championship game would be huge.
No. 1 Dresden (21-5) vs. No. 3 Gleason (21-7) (District 13-A girls’ championship)
Time: 7:30 p.m. at Huntingdon
Previous meetings: Split two games (Gleason won 62-42; Dresden won 43-34)
Players to watch: Dresden guard Carrie Hatchel; Gleason post Briana Jones
Next opponent: Both advance to the Region 7-A tournament. The winner hosts the Greenfield/Lake County loser, and the loser hosts the Greenfield/Lake County winner
What to know: Dresden is the defending District 13-A champion, but Gleason won the two previous district titles. The Lady Lions lost four key players from last year’s team, but have rebuilt quickly to win the regular season district title and have a shot at defending their tournament title. Gleason’s offense is built around post Briana Jones.
No. 1 Covington (29-2) vs. No. 2 Westview (26-4) (District 13-AA girls’ championship)
Time: 8 p.m. at Dyersburg
Previous meetings: Split two games (Westview won 54-40; Covington won 46-40)
Players to watch: Covington post Ashia Jones; Westview post Teddy Vincent
Next opponent: Both advance to the Region 7-AA tournament and will host.
What to know: Westview nailed eight 3-pointers to beat Obion County and advance to the district title game. Covington had to come from behind to beat Dyersburg in overtime. These two teams have been at the top of the district all season, and now they will fight for the district title. Westview will look to play pressure defense and try to contain the quickness of Covington.
No. 1 USJ (23-4) vs. No. 2 SBEC (23-6) (Division II-A girls’ semifinal)
Time: Noon at Lausanne
Previous meetings: Teams haven’t met in the past six years
Players to watch: USJ guard Sally Sikes; SBEC guard Kayleigh Patterson
Next opponent: Winner advances to the region championship game to play the Harding Academy/St. George’s winner
What to know: Both teams finished the season ranked in the Division II poll. SBEC is coming off of a 15-point win over JCS. USJ handled ECS easily in the first half before cruising to victory. The two will meet on a neutral floor at noon. USJ played three early games in the Martin Lions Club Christmas Tournament so playing early shouldn’t be a problem for them. The winner is not only in the region championship, but they will also get to host a sub-state game next Saturday.