Oh, hello. Welcome back to the high school basketball season. It started last week, but because of the Thanksgiving break interruption, it won’t feel like it’s started until after this week’s Glasgow Tournament, my favorite week of the year.
Time for me to go 21-0 this week and make some picks (I wish). Let’s see if any of the games trip me up tonight. Fasten your seatbelts, boys and girls.
No. 8 Madison (G) vs. No. 1 New Franklin (4:30 p.m. tip-off): If Tuesday’s season opener was any indication of how the 2013-14 season is going to play out for the New Franklin girls, I think head coach Chris McGowan is going to be pretty pleased. The Lady Bulldogs won by 30 points over Fayette with a balanced scoring attack from Aly Hundley, Jasmyne Boggs, Madi Lyons and Aislinn Himmelberg. I’m not sure how many points they’ll score tonight, because I’m not sure how little they’ll play in the second half. Prediction: New Franklin 68, Madison 32.
No. 8 Madison (B) vs. No. 1 Cairo (6 p.m. tip-off): Last season, Cairo beat Madison by scores of 93-39 and 83-17. On Tuesday, Cairo thumped Madison 69-32. Are you allowed to wave a white flag or literally throw in the towel in high school basketball? Prediction: Cairo 77, Madison 39.
No. 5 Slater (G) vs. No. 4 Cairo (7:30 p.m tip-off): I’ll be interested in this game tonight, simply to see just how good Slater is. The Lady Wildcats beat Marceline 54-43 last week, and Marceline is technically ranked No. 4 in Class 2, but we all know that’s based off last season’s run. Cairo has the guard play, Slater has the post play. This is probably going to be the game of the night. Who ya got? Prediction: Slater 49, Cairo 44.
No. 5 Westran (B) vs. No. 4 Glasgow (9 p.m. tip-off): It still feels really, really weird to see a 4 seed next to Glasgow on the bracket. It sounds like Westran is a much improved team, while Glasgow is rebuilding after losing a tremendous senior class. Daniel McMillan caught fire in the season opener against Brunswick. It might not be a bad idea for him to do it again tonight, and have some others help as well. Glasgow has a 12-game winning streak in the Glasgow Tournament and I’m giving them the edge tonight. After this game, though, that streak is going to be in some serious jeopardy. Prediction: Glasgow 65, Westran 55.