Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tuesday's top H.S. basketball games to see (2/12)

No. 5 Bruceton (10-16) at No. 4 Huntingdon (14-12) (13-A boys’ quarterfinal)

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Earlier meetings: Huntingdon won both, including a 65-58 win last time

Players to watch: Bruceton guard Rekayis McCauley; Huntingdon guard Justice Scott

Next opponent: Winner of McKenzie/Gleason

What to know: The Mustangs have won six of their last seven games entering the postseason. Bruceton is riding a four-game losing streak. Huntingdon is becoming hot at the right time and has the potential to make a run at the district title. The Mustangs will have to find a way to contain Bruceton’s Rekayis McCauley,who is putting up 30 to 40 points a game recently.


No. 7 Lake County (4-20) vs. No. 2 Greenfield (16-7) (14-A boys’ quarterfinal)

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Earlier meetings: Greenfield swept (66-62; 63-52)

Players to watch: Lake County guard Zay Coleman; Greenfield guard Tony Robinson

Next opponent: Winner of Humboldt/Halls

What to know: Lake County might not have the greatest record, but the Falcons cannot be counted out. Lake County was forced to forfeit four victories and has not won since Dec. 21, but Zay Coleman is a dangerous player. Greenfield has won back-to-back games since losing consecutive games to Union City and Humboldt. The Yellowjackets have stayed in one of the top two spots in the district all season and want to stay there in the tournament.


No. 5 South Fulton (16-10) at No. 4 Bradford (19-8) (14-A boys’ quarterfinal)

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Earlier meetings: Split (South Fulton won 63-47; Bradford won 77-68

Players to watch: Bradford guard Tyler McCartney

Next opponent: Winner of Union City/Trenton Peabody

What to know: Bradford has won six of its last seven games and comes in playing well. The Red Devils won on the road in the regular season series, and they will look to avenge the home loss early in the season. Bradford will need more than Tyler McCartney hitting shots. Grant Hampton, Glenn Cooper and Peyton Pruett all have the potential to score in double figures.


No. 10 Covington (2-27) at No. 1 Westview (25-4) (13-AA boys’ quarterfinal)

Time: 7 p.m.

Earlier meetings: Covington won both, but had to forfeit both wins (84-79; 82-50)

Players to watch: Covington forward Demetrius Dyson; Westview post Javier Gordon

Next opponent: Winner of Ripley/Dyersburg

What to know: When Covington was forced to forfeit all 24 wins it had this season, the district coaches voted to move them down to No. 10 instead of just leaving them at No. 1. As a result, top-seeded Westview has to play Covington in a win-or-go-home game. Westview played Covington close at home earlier in the season, and Covington is missing two players. Covington can’t be counted out though with a player like Demetrius Dyson, who scored 40 points just a week ago.


No. 5 TCA (13-13) at No. 4 Riverside (14-11) (15-A girls’ quarterfinal)

Time: 6 p.m.

Earlier meetings: Riverside swept (57-47; 62-50)

Players to watch: TCA guard Samantha VanCleave; Riverside guard Holly Chumney

Next opponent: Scotts Hill

What to know: TCA is forced to win on the road if the Lady Lions want to keep their season alive. Riverside won both games in the regular season, but the Lady Panthers didn’t run away with either win. Riverside is coming off a win over Middleton last week and seems to have momentum on its side.


No. 5 South Side (15-10) at No. 4 Lexington (14-10) (14-AA girls’ quarterfinal)

Time: 7 p.m.

Earlier meetings: South Side swept (69-65; 49-44 (OT))

Players to watch: South Side post Stephanie Tipler; Lexington post Kalee Goff

Next opponent: Winner of Bolivar/JCM

What to know: South Side might have won both games during the regular season, but the Lady Hawks will have to travel to Lexington in the quarterfinals of the District 14-AA tournament. South Side is on a two-game losing streak entering the postseason. Lexington is playing well, winning 10 of its last 12 games. One of those two loses were to South Side on the road in overtime.


No. 5 USJ (6-17) at No. 4 Harding Academy (10-14) (Division II-A boys’ first round)

Time: 6 p.m.

Last season: Harding won 79-78

Players to watch: USJ guard Peyton Fendley

Next opponent: Fayette Academy

What to know: Harding Academy ended USJ’s season last year. But the Bruins no longer have John Ross Glover, and Harding Academy is not as strong as it was last year. USJ closed out the regular season with a win, and the Bruins will look to carry that over into the postseason for a chance to move into the quarterfinals of the region tournament.

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