Riverside (2-7, 0-2) at Madison (2-7, 0-2) (Boys)
Players to watch: Riverside’s Daryl McElrath; Madison’s Marquese Parram
Last year: Riverside won both matchups (75-68 and 69-67)
Notes: Both of these teams are searching for their first District 15-A win of the season. The loser falls to 0-3 in district play, and the chances to finish top four in the district are already getting slim. Riverside put together back-to-back wins at the end of November, but have since lost four straight games. Madison has also lost four straight games since beating Chester County.
TCA (5-4, 0-1) at Adamsville (6-3, 1-0) (Boys)
Players to watch: TCA’s Eli Parker; Adamsville’s Tucker Campbell
Last year: Adamsville won two of the three matches, but TCA won the matchup in the District 15-A tournament. Adamsville won 65-58 and 66-63 during the regular season, while TCA won 60-55 in the district semifinals.
Notes: There is no love lost but a lot of respect between these two teams. The football teams from TCA and Adamsville have had some battles on the field the last two years, and it has carried over to basketball. Adamsville is coming off of an opening win in District 15-A, while TCA sits at 0-1. The Lions will have an extra fight in them because 0-2 would not be a good start for a team looking to win the district title.
Huntingdon (5-2, 2-1) at Big Sandy (3-4, 1-2) (Boys)
Players to watch: Huntingdon’s Keeton Bailey; Big Sandy’s Trey Phifer
Common opponents: 2 – Camden and Dresden. Both teams lost to Camden with Big Sandy falling 64-49 and Huntingdon losing 55-35. Big Sandy beat Dresden 58-54, while Huntingdon lost to Dresden 43-39.
Notes: Huntingdon took its first District 13-A loss on Tuesday, so the Mustangs want a good response from that loss. Big Sandy’s play this season has been inconsistent. The Red Devils picked up a win over Dresden, who is always at the top of the district, but took losses in district play to Clarksburg and Gleason. These teams are still searching for their identity in the young season.
Haywood (11-1) at Westview (7-2) (Boys)
Players to watch: Haywood’s Kyler Douglas; Westview’s Parker Beal
Earlier this season: Haywood beat Westview at home 70-61 on Nov. 25.
Notes: These two teams are now ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the Dirty Dozen. This matchup was a battle in Brownsville with Haywood hitting shots down the stretch to put the Chargers away. But this game is now in Martin, and that could make a difference for Westview. With the Christmas break just around the corner, this is a good test for both teams before they break.
Dresden (5-2, 3-0) at West Carroll (8-0, 2-0) (Girls)
Players to watch: Dresden’s Jacqueline Ellis; West Carroll’s Emani Melton
Last season: Dresden won two of the three matchups. West Carroll won 51-49 before Dresden won 56-53 and 54-45 in the District 13-A tournament.
Notes: The only two teams still unbeaten in District 13-A will meet with only one staying undefeated. West Carroll is undefeated on the season with four wins against teams in District 14-A. Both of Dresden’s losses have come against teams in District 14-A – Gibson County and Greenfield – but the Lady War Eagles have not faced Gibson County. The Lady Lions are playing at a high level even with guard Carrie Hatchel on the bench with an injury, and this will show if they can win the district title without her if she can’t come back.
McKenzie (4-3, 1-1) at Gleason (4-4, 2-1) (Girls)
Players to watch: McKenzie’s Anna Comer; Gleason’s Kelsey Borneman
Last year: McKenzie won two of the three meetings. Gleason won 45-37 before the Lady Rebels won 40-35 and 43-26 in the District 13-A quarterfinals.
Notes: Last year, these two met in the district tournament with the loser’s season coming to a close. That is another possibility this season. Both teams were young last year, and this is a chance to see how much they have grown. They have hovered around .500 in the early part of the season. A win could give either team the spark needed to rise above that .500 mark and pick up some wins. Gleason will come to play fundamental basketball, while McKenzie will try to push the ball a little more.
Gibson County (11-0, 5-0) at Greenfield (7-2, 3-1) (Girls)
Players to watch: Gibson County’s Justyce White; Greenfield’s Shaynece Clemmons
Last season: Gibson County won all three meetings (41-27, 59-45 and 44-39 in the district semifinals).
Notes: The teams have played four common opponents – Gleason, Lake County, Bradford and Halls – and each won all four of those games. Greenfield had a nine-point lead going into the fourth quarter on Union City before allowing the Lady Tornadoes to outscore them by 19 in the fourth quarter to lose by 10. The Lady Yellowjackets won’t be happy with that loss and looking to rebound. Gibson County is one of the five teams in the area that has not taken a loss. The Lady Pioneers play hard-nosed defense that prevents other teams from putting up big numbers on offense.