|It's Tournament Time|
|Written by Jim Dabbelt|
|Friday, 24 February 2012 12:48|
Everything that the area basketball teams have done so far, is now history. The "second season" as its called began Monday evening for the girls basketball teams across the state of Ohio, while the boys post-season starts next week.
Yes that's right...it's tournament time, and several area teams hope to get hot at just the right time to give them a chance at a nice tournament run, all leading to the state championships in Columbus in mid-March.
For the area teams, they now know exactly who they must face as their tournament run begins, and as for the hopes of Tecumseh, Bethel, Tippecanoe and Greenon...let the fun begin!
On the girls side, Tecumseh (17-3) enters with the top record among area teams, and they open their tournament play tonight at 6 p.m. at Lebanon High School, against 5-13 Piqua, a team who struggled in the GWOC North. If the Lady Arrows win tonight, they return to action next Tuesday, Feb. 21 in a rematch against Northmont (11-8) back at Lebanon, at 6 p.m. The winner of that game will play for the sectional championship on Feb. 25 at 1:30, against likely top-seeded Springboro.
Tippecanoe (13-7) opens their tournament play tonight at 7:30 p.m. against Northeastern (2-15), with all of Tipp's sectionals games at Xenia High School. A Red Devils win will put them into a tough game against Graham next Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m., and a win there will send Tippecanoe into the finals against top-seeded Carroll (17-3) on Feb. 25 at 12:30 p.m.
Greenon also will be playing their sectional games at Xenia, as the Knights take their 13-5 draw record into the toughest sectional bracket at that site. They sit back and wait for the winner of the opening round game between 11-6 Urbana and 14-5 Eaton, which was played on Monday night. Greenon battles the winner next Monday at 6 p.m.. Urbana brings in the high-scoring Trischa Lacy, while Eaton boasts freshman sensation Autumn Whirley. One of those two will be the focal point of the Knights defense. If Greenon can win their first game, they advance to the finals on Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. against likely #2 Kenton Ridge.
Finally on the girls side among local coverage teams, Bethel brings in their 2-18 record and gets the unenviable task of playing their first game against top-seeded Tri-Village, next Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at Brookville. Tri-Village brings in 2,000 point, 1,000 rebound star Kayla Linkous.
Meanwhile this past Sunday, the boys draw was held, with their first round of sectionals starting next week.
Greenon opens their Division Two sectional tournament play on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Springfield High School as the eighth seed, and the 9-10 Knights open with fifth seed Bellefontaine (11-7)) at 4:30. If the Knights are victorious, they come back Feb. 29 at 8:00 against either number four Shawnee or number seven Kenton Ridge.
Tecumseh earned the tenth-seed in the Division One sectionals at Centerville , and the Arrows will open their tournament run against sixth seed Fairborn on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.
The Arrows finished as Central Buckeye Conference runner-up, falling in overtime to Shawnee last week.
Bethel gained the fifth seed in the Division Three sectionals, and will play their first two sectional games at Tippecanoe High School. The 12-5 Bees will open their post-season against Covington on Friday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m., and if they win their opener, the Bees come back against either sixth-seeded Greeneview or Madison in the second round game. Bethel just beat Greeneview last week.
Finally, the Tippecanoe Red Devils take their 8-11 record and sixth seed into the sectionals at Springfield, and will play ninth-seed Ben Logan on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m., immediately before the Greenon/Bellefontaine game.