Thursday, February 14, 2013

Thursday's top H.S. games to watch (2/14)

No. 5 Scotts Hill (13-12) at No. 4 Riverside (14-11) (15-A boys’ quarterfinal)

Time: 6 p.m.

Previous meetings: Riverside won both (64-42; 63-59)

Players to watch: Scotts Hill forward Nick Hale; Riverside guard Payton Hehe

Next opponent: Middleton

What to know: Riverside is on a three-game losing streak after falling to Middleton twice and TCA during the final week of the regular season. Scotts Hill on the other hand is on a two-game winning streak. The loser’s season is over, and the winner is guaranteed three more games. Riverside swept the season series, but the second one was much closer than the first.


No. 5 Lexington (15-11) at No. 4 Bolivar (15-10) (14-AA boys’ quarterfinal)

Time: 7 p.m.

Previous meetings: Bolivar won both (53-44; 55-49)

Players to watch: Bolivar post Des Robertson; Lexington guard Dillon Smith

Next opponent: Winner of South Side/Chester County

What to know: Lexington has been on a hot streak lately, winning its last five games. Lexington ended the season with wins over Liberty and Fayette-Ware, so they are playing their best basketball right now. Bolivar enters the season on a two-game losing streak. If Bolivar doesn’t make the district semifinals, that would be a major upset. Bolivar has won three state titles since 2004.


No. 3 Gleason (20-7) vs. No. 2 Huntingdon (23-4) (13-A girls’ semifinal)

Time: 7:30 p.m. at Huntingdon

Previous meetings: Huntingdon won both (40-30; 52-38)

Players to watch: Gleason post Briana Jones; Huntingdon post Hannah Belew

Next opponent: Winner plays Dresden/West Carroll winner in District 13-A championship

What to know: The Fillies swept the season series, but senior Allee Maxwell was injured in the final game of the regular season and will miss out on the postseason. Huntingdon will try to rally to continue winning. Players like Hannah Belew, Savannah Dodson and Morgan McMackin will have to take up the slack. Gleason has one of the best Class A players in the area in Briana Jones, who will work to get her team to the championship.


No. 4 West Carroll (18-9) vs. No. 1 Dresden (20-5) (13-A girls’ semifinal)

Time: 6 p.m. at Huntingdon

Previous meetings: Two teams split (West Carroll won 50-45; Dresden won 43-37)

Players to watch: West Carroll guard Tierra Williams; Dresden guard Amy McAlpin

Next opponent: Winner plays Gleason/Huntingdon winner in District 13-A championship

What to know: West Carroll is one of two teams to beat Dresden in district play during the regular season. Dresden has won 11 of its last 12 games, and the Lady Lions are playing well late in the season despite losing four key players from last year’s squad. Gleason has won six of its last seven games.


No. 3 Obion County (25-7) vs. No. 2 Westview (25-4) (13-AA girls’ semifinal)

Time: 8 p.m. at Dyersburg

Previous meetings: Two teams split (Westview won 57-48; Obion County won 47-40)

Players to watch: Obion County post Brandi Goodman; Westview post Teddy Vincent

Next opponent: Winner plays the Covington/Dyersburg winner in the District 13-AA championship

What to know: The Lady Chargers and Lady Rebels split during the regular season with each winning at home. This time the game is on a neutral court. Westview will try to use it press defense to disrupt Obion County and force turnovers. Obion County runs its offense through post player Brandi Goodman, a Memphis signee and Miss Basketball finalist. Obion County was the Class AA runner-up, and the Lady Rebels are working towards getting back to Murfreesboro.


No. 4 ECS (10-13) at No. 1 USJ (22-4) (Division II-A girls’ quarterfinal)

Time: 6 p.m.

Previous meetings: USJ won 46-38 in February of 2010

Players to watch: USJ post Eliza Edwards, a Miss Basketball finalist

Next opponent: JCS/SBEC winner

What to know: USJ and ECS were supposed to player earlier this season, but the game was canceled because of an illness on ECS’ team. The teams will now play with the season on the line. ECS is on a three-game winning streak with big wins over Bishop Byrne, FACS and Tipton-Rosemark.

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