Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wednesday's top HS basketball games to see (2/27)

No. 2 Middleton (22-9) vs. No. 3 Madison (23-10) (Region 8-A girls’ championship)

Time: 6:30 p.m. at TCA

Previous meetings: Middleton won all three meetings (63-46; 58-41; 70-60 (Dist.)

Next opponent: Both teams advance to sectionals to play either Lake County or Union City

Players to watch: Middleton post Deja Faulkner; Madison post Taylor Davis

What to know: Middleton has beaten Madison by double digits all three times the two have met, but the last time it took until overtime for the Lady Tigers to pull out the win. Middleton has won seven of its last nine games.  Madison has won six of its last seven games, including knocking off District 15-A champion Riverside on Monday. The Lady Mustangs are playing in their fifth region championship since 2005, and the Lady Tigers for the fourth time since 2007, so both are experienced at this level. Madison won region titles in 2006, ’09 and ’12, and Middleton won a region title in 2008.


No. 1 Covington (32-2) vs. No. 2 Westview (28-5) (Region 7-AA girls’ championship)

Time: 7 p.m. at Dyersburg

Previous meetings: Covington won two of three meetings (Westview won 54-40; Covington won 46-40, 50-49 (OT) (Dist.))

Next opponent: Both teams advance to sectionals to play either Trezevant or Manassas

Players to watch: Covington post Ashia Jones; Westview guard Kaley Leyhue

What to know: A rematch of the District 13-AA championship where Covington pulled out the one-point lead in overtime. These two teams know each other well, so winning will come down to which team executes their offense. Westview has won eight of their last 10 games. Westview has reached the region championship game eight times since 2001, but this is the first since 2010. Westview has won just one region championship in 2005. Covington is on a 19-game winning streak, and is in the region championship for the second straight season. Covington hasn’t won a region championship since 2002.


No. 1 Munford (26-5) vs. No. 4 North Side (13-18) (Region 7-AAA girls’ championship)

Time: 7 p.m. at Brighton

Previous meetings: Munford swept all three meetings (50-46; 54-28; 68-37 (Dist.))

Next opponent: Both teams advance to sectionals to play either Memphis Central or Memphis Overton

Players to watch: Munford’s Alex Turner; North Side guard Jada Perkins

What to know: Munford’s margin of victory has increased each time the Lady Cougars have beaten North Side. Munford is on a seven-game winning streak since losing to Briarcrest during the regular season. The Lady Cougars have gotten better each of the three years that Steve Poindexter, a former Liberty coach, has been there. North Side has been played its best during the region tournament with wins over Millington and Dyer County. The Lady Indians now have to beat another district foe to win their first region championship since 2007.

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