Although this is a down-to-the-wire post, I’ll get my predictions out of the way before tonight’s 5 p.m. tip-off between New Franklin and Slater.
But let’s take a quick look back at Saturday’s Class 1 district action for our local area teams:
- Glasgow (B) 96, Malta Bend 25: I watched this game and yes, if they really wanted to, the Glasgow boys could have scored 100 points. Mick Cropp took out his starters halfway through the third quarter and his team still scored 15 points with a running clock in the fourth quarter. The semifinals against Northwestern (Mendon) shouldn’t be too much of a struggle either.
- Glasgow (G) 61, Brunswick 15: The Lady Jackets had five players reach double figures in scoring and Glasgow jumped out to a 23-2 lead after one quarter. The girls also face Northwestern in the semifinals.
- La Plata (G) 67, Higbee 18: And now we’re down to nine local teams that are still alive in the postseason. I haven’t gotten stats yet from this game, so not sure what else I can tell you about it, other than the fact that the game was played in Madison.
The three first-round matchups are the exact same as they were last year, but all six teams have different seeds compared to last year. Isn’t it funny how things work out?
But now, let’s get on with my predictions for the Class 2 District 7 Tournament, featuring girls first-round basketball tonight. The first game won’t be broadcast, but the last two games can be heard on 99.9 FM/The Captain. You can listen to all of Tuesday’s boys games on the same station as well. Sorry New Franklin girls fans, guess you’ll just have to come to the game.
No. 5 New Franklin (G) vs. No. 4 Slater (5 p.m. tip-off): It’s not often you see two nonconference teams play each other three times in one season, but that’s the case with this opening-round game. New Franklin won the first meeting with a last-second overtime baseline jumper from Aly Hundley, then Slater won the second meeting somewhat handily at New Franklin. I’ll admit I haven’t seen Slater play for more than a month, but New Franklin’s low-scoring offense as of late doesn’t sound very promising in this game. We’ll see if that changes tonight. Prediction: Slater 49, New Franklin 42.
No. 7 Fayette (G) vs. No. 2 Sturgeon (6:30 p.m. tip-off): The bright spot heading into this game for Fayette is the same motivation as it was last year: they’re playing a team they haven’t faced yet this season. The good news with that is there’s no reason to have the attitude of thinking this game’s over before it even begins. The bad news is that Sturgeon is pretty darn good, and that’s hard to overlook. Prediction: Sturgeon 68, Fayette 33.
No. 6 Westran (G) vs. No. 3 Salisbury (8 p.m. tip-off): Didn’t these two teams just play each other on Tuesday? The Lady Panthers won the conference title outright Saturday when Paris lost to Marceline and I see that momentum carrying over into this game. These projected semifinal matchups could be just as good as they should be on the boys side. I don’t think I’ll stick around to watch this lopsided contest. Prediction: Salisbury 61, Westran 35.