No. 2 Humboldt (18-8) vs. No. 3 Halls (17-6) (District 14-A boys’ semifinal)
Time, location: 7:30 p.m. at Trenton Peabody
Up next: Winner advances to play the Union City-Lake County winner in the District 14-A championship on Tuesday. Loser plays the Union City-Lake County loser in the consolation game.
Players to watch: Humboldt’s Jaylen Strayhorn
Earlier this season: Humboldt won both meetings (54-53 and 52-50).
Notes: Humboldt has been the unknown all season after losing five of six starters from last year’s team. The Vikings squeaked out both wins during the regular season, but the Vikings are going to play even better in this one to get the win. Expect Humboldt’s defensive effort to be the difference maker in this one.
No. 2 South Side (15-8) vs. No. 3 Fayette-Ware (20-9) (District 14-AA boys’ semifinal)
Time, location: 7:30 p.m. at Chester County
Up next: Winner advances to play the Lexington-Bolivar winner in the District 14-AA championship on Tuesday. Loser plays the Lexington-Bolivar loser in the consolation games.
Players to watch: South Side’s Chris McNeal; Fayette-Ware’s Mikkel Norment
Earlier this season: The teams split in the regular season with each winning at home. South Side won 79-74 on Jan. 16, while Fayette-Ware won 73-70 on Feb. 3.
Notes: Now is the time for South Side to prove that it deserves to still be mentioned among the best in West Tennessee. The Hawks lost to Fayette-Ware in their season finale, but they played a strong fourth quarter. South Side hopes that momentum carries over 11 days later.
No. 1 West Carroll (28-0) vs. No. 3 Dresden (20-9) (District 13-A girls’ championship)
Time, location: 7:30 p.m. at Bethel University
Up next: Winner enters the Region 7-A tournament as the No. 1 seed and will host the Bradford-Union City loser on Thursday. Loser is the No. 2 seed and will host the Bradford-Union City winner.
Players to watch: West Carroll’s Emani Melton; Dresden’s Carrie Hatchel
Earlier this season: West Carroll won both meetings (59-46 and 77-53).
Notes: West Carroll puts its undefeated season on the line against a team that reached the Class A quarterfinals last year. The Lady War Eagles will again look to the guard-post combo of Emani Melton and Madison Heckert to lead the team. Dresden has senior Carrie Hatchel back on the court, and her leadership is a big plus for the Lady Lions.
No. 1 Westview (19-11) vs. No. 2 Crockett County (23-5) (District 13-AA girls’ championship)
Times, location: 7:30 p.m. at Westview
Up next: Winner enters the Region 7-AA tournament as the No. 1 seed and will host the McNairy Central-Bolivar loser on Friday. Loser is the No. 2 seed and will host the McNairy Central-Bolivar winner.
Players to watch: Westview’s Tasia Jones; Crockett County’s Aja Robertson
Earlier this season: Westview won both meetings (36-32 and 52-40).
Notes: The youth on Westview’s team has an opportunity already be successful. Seniors Dianna Flippen and Alexus Taylor are the leaders of this Lady Chargers’ team. Crockett County hasn’t made the region tournament since 2005 and a district championship has been an even longer wait. The Lady Cavaliers have a chance to bring the program back to prominence.
No. 1 Haywood (19-8) vs. No. 3 Liberty (16-10) (District 15-AA girls’ championship)
Times, location: 7:30 p.m. at Oman Arena
Up next: Winner enters the Region 8-AA tournament as the No. 1 seed and will host the No. 4 seed from 16-AA. Loser is the No. 2 seed and will host the No. 3 seed from 16-AA.
Players to watch: Haywood’s Madison Smith; Liberty’s Teja Pearson
Earlier this season: Haywood won both meetings (69-58 and 72-52).
Notes: Haywood has the opportunity to make program history and win a district title for the first time in over three decades. The Lady Tomcats are playing well here at the end of the season and are riding an 11-game winning streak. Liberty seems to have peaked at the right time and has won five-straight games.