This week could be a good one to form an opinion or several

Saturday, December 8, 2018
Jason Peevyhouse, State Gazette sports editor

Looking ahead at the sports schedule for the upcoming week, and there are some interesting games, in my view, ahead for both the Dyer County and Dyersburg teams as they get ready to see the first half of the season come closer to a close.

Tuesday has two of these games as the Choctaws and Lady Choctaws will return to the court for the first time in December following an 11-day layoff.

The break came at a good time for the Lady Choctaws who are looking to fill the point guard role with senior Alexis Akins still on the shelf with a knee injury.

While I don’t expect the Lady Choctaws to receive much of a challenge from visiting Manassas, in the nightcap the Tigers should give the Choctaws one of their tougher games of the season.

Across the county at Dyersburg, it could be a good night to tell how much the Trojans and Lady Trojans have grown since the week after Thanksgiving as both teams were handed losses in Trenton by Peabody.

I am sure both teams would love nothing more than to get some payback on their homecourt in what will be the next-to-last time the black and gold teams will be together before starting District 13AA play on Jan. 4 at Crockett County.

While the Lady Trojans are off the rest of the week, Dyersburg’s boys will continue their tough first-half schedule when they take on Raleigh Egypt at Bartlett on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

It’s been a tough go for the DHS boys so far, but there’s a good chance they will see the fruits of these struggles during district season in January and February.

The most important games locally are going to be taking place in Newbern on Saturday as the Choctaws and Lady Choctaws welcome District 13AAA foe Hardin County to Dyer County High School.

The Lady Tigers entered this weekend unbeaten and have two more games before making the long trip up to Newbern for the 13AAA opener for both schools on Saturday.

In what could be a very competitive boys district this season, it’s going to be important to get wins early and often as Dyer County can start doing that on Saturday in the nightcap against the Tigers.

Looking ahead to the rest of the final games of the 2018 portion of the slate, Dyersburg’s boys will be home once and the girls will host the Dot Foods Christmas Classic after Christmas in addition to that date.

Likewise, Dyer County has one home game in the week before Christmas before leaving town for tournament action before and after Christmas.

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