JAY DAVIS: Girls start basketball districts next week

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By the time the pages of the Tribune land on your doorstep next Wednesday, the girls’ postseason tournaments will be well underway.

It is too early to tell who and where the Lady Tigers will be playing come Tuesday, but they will be on the road. Cheyenne-Eagle Butte and McLaughlin are fighting for the top spot. Both teams are 10-7, but the Braves have 44.47 seed points to 42.82 for the Lady Midgets. Cheyenne-Eagle Butte hosts 9-6 St. Francis Indian and 15-1 Pine Ridge to close out the season. McLaughlin closes with 17-1 Chamberlain.

The Lady Tigers and Stanley County are in a similar fight for the third seed, but it looks like the Lady Tigers will be number three no matter what happens in Winner on Friday. The Lady Tigers at 2-17 have 30.63 seed points. Stanley County is 2-16 with 26.89 seed points with games at Chamberlain and Wall yet to play.

The prediction is that the Lady Tigers will head to Eagle Butte to take on the Braves in a rubber-match game.

No matter which team wins the 12A title, getting past Chamberlain in the Region 6A championship game will be a tall order. That is if Chamberlain gets out of the district. Crow Creek may be holding a scant 5-11 record, but 10 of the losses are forfeits. Their only loss since the forfeited games is to Pine Ridge.

The 18-1, fourth-ranked Herreid-Selby Area Wolverines will be the odds-on favorites in District 6B. Ipswich will have something to say about winning the title, but the Wolverines beat Ipswich 49-32 on Jan. 5. Potter County is 10-7 after Herreid-Selby beat the Battlers 54-42 last night. Should the Wolverines escape their district and the Sully Buttes Chargers escape theirs, the Region 3B championship game is a dream matchup. The Wolverines beat the Chargers 52-50 in two overtimes in Selby last week.

The Timber Lake Lady Panthers are top seed in District 15B with a 12-7 record. McIntosh at 13-5 and Wakpala at 11-6 are the top challengers, but the edge goes to the Lady Panthers. Timber Lake is 2-0 against McIntosh with nine and 11-point wins. McIntosh beat Wakpala 71-53 during the season. Whoever wins the title will have their hands full no matter who wins 16B out west. Lemmon is rolling along at 17-0 and is the favorite, but Faith is 15-3 and Newell is 12-6. Lemmon is 2-0 against Faith with two dominating wins. The Cowgirls beat Newell by five in Newell.

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