Well, it looks like we’re going to have an unusual semifinal tripleheader tonight at Salisbury. Please don’t get me started on why there was only one game last night in the Class 2 District 7 tournament.
Anyhow, moving on with tonight’s picks…
No. 3 New Franklin (G) vs. No. 2 Sweet Springs (5 p.m. tip-off): I basically copy and pasted what I wrote last night, because there’s no reason to change a thing and I don’t think an extra day of practice will make much of a difference. This ought to be one heck of a game. Sweet Springs has definitely earned this seed, and as I look back at their schedule, that 4-point loss to Santa Fe looks really impressive. And with only eight players, the Lady Greyhounds have won 17 games this season. However, New Franklin is definitely playing its best basketball of the season. The Lady Bulldogs have won seven of their last eight. And c’mon, who doesn’t want to see a rematch of last year’s district championship game? Prediction: New Franklin 46, Sweet Springs 44.
No. 4 Harrisburg (B) vs. No. 1 Salisbury (6:30 p.m. tip-off): Well, looking back at the C2D7 history, Salisbury ended Harrisburg’s season in 2011, and again in 2012 en route to a state title. But don’t overlook the Bulldogs tonight. Six of their 14 losses have come against either 20-win teams or state-ranked opponents. Many of those other losses have been against Class 3 or Class 4 opponents. However, it’s very hard to overlook a Salisbury team that is 25-0 and has looked strong all season long. And this game is on its home floor. Prediction: Salisbury 64, Harrisburg 52.
No. 3 Westran (B) vs. No. 2 New Franklin (8 p.m. tip-off): If you are Westran, you’ve got to think that the third time is the charm, right? The Hornets fell to New Franklin 57-42 in the first round of the New Franklin Tournament (and Tanner White missed most of the second half with an ankle injury), then lost their regular-season meeting 50-36. It’s been pretty up and down for Westran since then, beating a state-ranked Community team and then losing to Marceline at home after beating the Tigers by 12 points on the road. New Franklin is going for its first 20-win season in probably close to a decade tonight. Let’s see if they get it. Prediction: New Franklin 64, Westran 56.