You can tell which teams are good, because of their record.
But their record won’t matter starting Monday, as girls’ basketball starts the Michigan High School Athletic Association postseason.
District tournaments start throughout the state on Monday with games Monday-Wednesday-Friday as teams hope to advance to regionals and beyond with the MHSAA State Finals at the Breslin Center at Michigan State University on March 14-16.
To make room for the girls, the boys’ basketball teams in the area will adjust their schedule, playing Tuesday and Thursday, instead of Friday games next week.
Several area teams hope to go far down the road to Breslin, but it starts with games next as all programs start at 0-0 with everyone having a chance to advance regardless of what your record says about your regular season.
Breaking down the key districts in the area, we see some are wide open and will keep followers on edge until championship games next Friday.
Class A at Battle Creek Central
Locals: BCC, Lakeview, Gull Lake and Coldwater are among this seven-team district. Because of the extra teams in the tournament, first-round games will be played at home sites with semifinals and finals moving to Battle Creek Central.
The four local teams have all played each other twice already during the regular season with Gull Lake having the advantage with its 12-6 record.
Lakeview goes into tonight’s game against Marshall at 10-9 and has a first-round matchup with 10-9 Jackson. Coldwater, at 6-13, gets to face another sub-.500 team in Mason at 8-11. Battle Creek Central (6-12) gets a bye in the first round.
Favorites: Holt comes in with the best record at 13-6, but will be a visitor against all these Battle Creek-area teams in the district. The Rams also have the toughest matchup in the first round, facing 12-6 Gull Lake. Holt won the district at Mason last year, with many of these teams, beating Jackson in the finals. Gull Lake won its district last year also, beating host Mattawan.
Class B at Comstock
Locals: Harper Creek, Pennfield and Marshall are all at this Class B district at Comstock. Harper Creek and Pennfield drew byes in the first round with Marshall vs. Parchment being the only first-round contest.
Harper Creek and Pennfield will face each other in the semifinals – it is the second time they will meet this season with the Beavers winning the first time around. The Beavers are ranked No. 10 in Class B and sit at 17-1 overall. Pennfield has been consistent all season and is 11-7 on the year. Marshall, at 15-4, was swept by Harper Creek in the division, but finished second in the East.
Favorites: Parchment is 18-1 on the season, but will have to play an extra game against a tough Marshall team. Harper Creek, also with one loss, is on the other side of the bracket. If the Beavers get by Pennfield, they could see Marshall or Parchment in the finals. There are three defending district champs in this tourney. Harper Creek won the district at Pennfield last year. Marshall won a district title last year on its home floor and Parchment also won a district title last year at Coloma.
Class D at Martin
Locals: St. Philip, Climax-Scotts and Calhoun Christian are all in this Class D district at Martin. St. Philip will face Martin in the only first-round contest in the district with Climax-Scotts and Calhoun Christian getting a bye, but facing each other in the semifinals. Martin, which sits at 8-9, could give St. Philip trouble as the Tigers have gone 1-9 after starting the season at 7-1.
Climax-Scotts comes into this district at 14-5 after sweeping St. Philip during the season with the Tigers at 8-10 on the year.
Favorites: Climax-Scotts won this district last year, beating St. Philip in the semifinals and then downing Martin in the finals.