District seedings up for grabs tonight

Friday, February 10, 2017

JASON PEEVYHOUSE

jpeevyhouse@stategazette.com

While the No. 2-ranked Dyersburg Trojans already know coming into tonight’s regular season finale what their seeding will be next week when the postseason gets underway, the rest of the local teams still have some things to be decided as they play their regular season and/or district finales tonight.

The Dyersburg Lady Trojans will celebrate Senior Night and it will also be an important game as the black and gold girls currently sit in fourth place. That seeding assures the Lady Trojans of homecourt advantage in the District 13AA quarterfinals next week. However, a win by Dyersburg – coupled with a South Gibson loss in Troy tonight – will put the Lady Trojans into a third place tie with the Lady Hornets in the final district standings. With the identical 5-5 records, the Lady Trojans and Lady Hornets seeding would be decided by tiebreakers such as their performance against the higher seeds in the district.

Tipoff for the Lady Trojans battle with Crockett County is set for 6:30 p.m. Dyersburg will celebrate Senior Night for the Lady Trojans as well as the DHS dance team following the game.

Meanwhile, down in Munford, the Lady Choctaws will look to clinch the District 13AAA title when they face the Lady Cougars in a rematch of last month’s overtime thriller which Dyer County won 80-75 in Newbern on Jan. 20.

Heading into tonight’s action, the Lady Choctaws (18-6, 4-1) hold a half-game lead over Munford (19-6, 3-1) as both teams hold one loss in district play. A loss by either team will give the winner the lead in the district.

A win by the Lady Choctaws will clinch the district title and top seed in the tournament for Dyer County as this is the team’s 13AAA finale.

But, what if Munford avenges the overtime loss from earlier this season?

This is where things can get complicated as Munford still has to play Hardin County on Monday night in a makeup game from a weather postponement on Jan. 6.

Even with a win over Dyer County, a loss to the Lady Tigers would still put the Lady Cougars in a tie with the Lady Choctaws.

With the two teams having – in this scenario – split the two regular season games, it will come down to margin of victory between the two teams.

The nightcap of the Dyer County trip to Munford could also have an effect on the district standings as a win by the Choctaws keeps them out of fourth place and away from a first-round game with Brighton in the District 13AAA Tournament next week.

The Choctaws could drop in the standings if they suffer a loss to Munford and if the Cougars can upset Hardin County on Monday night in makeup action.

This will send it to tiebreakers and, if the previously mentioned things happen, the Cougars can slip into third if their theoretical win over Dyer County tonight is by more than two points.

Tipoff between Dyer County and Munford is set for 6 p.m.

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