A junior high basketball season that seems to have flown by is reaching its conclusion and the pairings are set for the 2012-13 Southern Hills Athletic Conference girls basketball tournament. The records that you see with each team are their league records at the time of the tournament drawing.
Only one school in the county fields a seventh grade girls squad and those Manchester Lady Greyhounds (1-11) opened their post-season play last night. The Lady Hounds traveled to Lynchburg Junior High School to face the Lady Mustangs (7-5) in a 5 p.m. tip off. The result of that contest was not available at press time.
If fans are willing to make the long trek to Fairfield High School tomorrow night, they can catch three of the county's eight grade girls teams in action. First at 5 p.m., it will be the Manchester Lady Greyhounds (0-13) looking to spring a tourney upset as they battle Fayetteville (3-10). A Manchester win sends them into the quarter finals for a matchup with 13-0 Lynchburg. That game would be played on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.
At 6:30 p.m., it will be the North Adams Lady Devils (9-4) facing off with the Whiteoak Lady Cats (7-6), a team they defeated back on Dec. 8. If Coach Tony Williams and his troops get a win, they will move to the semi-finals on Feb. 5 most likely to face league champion Lynchburg on the Lady Mustangs' home court.
The nightcap tomorrow night will have Coach Rachel Herman and her West Union Lady Dragons (2-11) up against the home team, the Fairfield Lady Lions (4-9). The regular season contest between those two teams was a tight one, so look for another close game. If West Union survives, they will move on to a noon tip off on Saturday against the Ripley Lady Jays (11-2).
The final county eight grade girls team to see action will be the Peebles Lady Indians (10-3), who will play on Saturday at 3 p.m. at North Adams High School. The Lady Indians will be facing the Eastern Lady Warriors (6-7) with a trip to the tournament semi-finals on the line. If Peebles wins that game, they will move on to a Feb. 5 semi-final game at Lynchburg Junior High.
After the two semi-final games at Lynchburg Junior High on Feb. 5, the championship game will be played on Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Ripley High School.
The drawing for the junior high boys tournaments takes place today. Look for that information in this weekend's edition of The People's Defender.