It is the last week of the regular season for girls basketball and the boys district tournament is just around the corner, so hoop teams are feeling some urgency in these final weeks to be playing their best.
Taking a look at how that will all work out is what we’ll do in this space each week for our ‘Monday Morning Point Guard’, a winter sports version of the Monday Morning Quarterback from the fall. We will look at how the basketball season is going and where it’s going.
So now we ask, what happens next?
And what did it mean?
Each week, the Enquirer’s Bill Broderick will break that down on Mondays, handing out some analysis on what all the results mean from the weekend of prep basketball and what to look for next.
In the city
Battle Creek Central: BCC lost to Kalamazoo Central last week, falling in its last chance to climb into a spot in first place in the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference East Division. The Bearcats bounced back with a win on Friday over Mattawan to continue a successful run winning their last seven of eight games.
Next: BCC will be challenged to continue its winning ways with a tough week. The Bearcats see a 11-4 Portage Central team on the road on Tuesday and then come back to host 11-7 Loy Norrix. The Loy Norrix contest will say a lot about which team can finish in second place in the division behind Kalamazoo Central.
In girls basketball, BCC ends the regular season this week and opens districts vs. the winner of Parma Western/Loy Norrix on March 2.
Harper Creek: Harper Creek took care of business on the road last week, winning both of its game in knocking off Lumen Christi and Coldwater. Those victories have the Beavers winning three of their last four and on the verge of clinching a winning regular season at 10-7.
Next: Harper Creek’s goal for the rest of the season is to hold on to the second-place spot in the Interstate 8 Conference. The Beavers have slim hopes of catching Marshall for first, but considering Harper Creek had to replace five starters this season, second place is an impressive finish. Harper Creek gets 9-7 Parma Western and 14-2 Marshall, both at home this week.
In girls basketball, Harper Creek ends the regular season this week and will open districts against Pennfield on Feb. 29.
Lakeview: After a slow start to its season, Lakeview has now won three of its last five games, including a split of games against winning teams last week. Beating Portage Central and losing to Loy Norrix to go to 5-10 on the season.
Next: The Spartans have a chance to build on their recent success with three games this week, including back-to-back contests Monday-Tuesday against St. Joseph (3-12) and Three Rivers (9-7), respectively. Then, Lakeview gets 1-14 Gull Lake on Friday.
In girls basketball, Lakeview ends the regular season this week and will face the winner of Sturgis/Gull Lake on March 2.
Pennfield: Pennfield has now won four games in a row to surge over the .500 mark at 9-7 thanks to wins over league contenders Charlotte and Coldwater last week. The Panthers scored an impressive 96 points against Coldwater and continue to be one of the highest-scoring teams in the area. .
Next: Pennfield can build on its recent winning streak with two very winnable games this week against the two teams at the bottom of the Interstate 8. The Panthers host 4-12 Jackson Northwest on Tuesday and travel to last-place Lumen Christi on Friday. However, Pennfield lost to Northwest in the first meeting.
In girls basketball, Pennfield will face Harper Creek in the district opener on Feb. 29
St. Philip: St. Philip took a three-game winning streak into its rivalry game against Climax-Scotts on the road and fell short in front of a big crowd. That dropped the Tigers to 7-10 overall as they continue to try and make up for a four-game losing streak in the middle of the season.
Next: St. Philip will go on the road in a major way this week, going to Centreville on Tuesday and then playing Bellevue in a unique game at The Palace of Auburn Hills, home of the Detroit Pistons. Bellevue and St. Philip were given an opportunity to play in the special game as the Detroit Pistons reach out to schedule high school contests periodically throughout the season.
In girls basketball, St. Philip finishes the regular season and will face Calhoun Christian in the districts on March 2.
Around the Area: Some teams are having impressive seasons in the area.
Marshall: Marshall has now won 14 straight games and has clinched a share of the Interstate 8 Conference with a three-game lead with three league games to go. The Redhawks can own the conference title out right with a win this week against either of the two teams right behind them in the standings in Charlotte (10-7) or Harper Creek (10-7).
In girls basketball, Marshall clinched a share of the I-8 with a win over second-place Jackson Northwest on Friday. Marshall can win the league outright with a win over 4-14 Charlotte on Tuesday.
Climax-Scotts: Despite a win over St. Philip, Climax-Scotts still only holds a slim one-game lead in the SCAA standings in boys basketball as the Panthers will finish the regular season against Colon and Litchfield.
In girls basketball, Climax-Scotts clinched the league crown with a victory over St. Philip. The Panthers have one game remaining in the regular season and open districts vs. Martin on March 2
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Tuesday’s Basketball Schedule
Boys Basketball: Jackson Northwest at Pennfield, Parma Western at Harper Creek, Lakeview at Three Rivers, B.C. Central at Portage Central, St. Philip at Centreville, Marshall at Charlotte, Lumen Christi at Coldwater, Portage Northern at Gull Lake, Portland at Olivet, Calhoun Christian at Litchfield, Quincy at Bronson, Kalamazoo Christian at Delton Kellogg, Constantine at Galesburg-Augusta, Perry at Maple Valley
Girls Basketball: Pennfield at Jackson Northwest, Harper Creek at Parma Western, Three Rivers at Lakeview, Portage Central at B.C. Central, Charlotte at Marshall, Coldwater at Lumen Christi, Gull Lake at Portage Northern, Union City at Quincy, Homer at Athens, Calhoun Christian at Litchfield, Delton Kellogg at Kalamazoo Christian, Galesburg-Augusta at Constantine, Maple Valley at Perry, Tekonsha at Coldwater Pansophia