With the postseason 7-8 tournament fast approaching, where does your team rank among the teams making a run for county supremacy? Are the Lady Wildcats from Dibrell unstoppable as they continue to collect wins? Will we see an epic matchup between Dibrell and the Lady Tigers from Irving College?
At press time the top girls teams standing were as follows, Dibrell Lady Wildcats 9-0, Irving College Lady Tigers 6-3, Morrison Lady Eagles 4-3, and Eastside Lady Bulldogs at 4-4 not counting a couple of snow dates that have not yet been played.
The Dibrell Lady Wildcats definitely reign supreme on the girl’s side. They have a very aggressive group of young talent and they are not easily intimidated.
They have multiple shooters around the perimeter just in case the lane to the basket does get cut off. The Lady Wildcats put constant pressure on the ball and have the ability to force their opponents into bad decision making and turnovers that can quickly escalate into easy points.
The Lady Wildcats look to be invincible this year, but you never know what might happen at tournament time.
One team that might be able to make a run at Dibrell is the Lady Tigers from Irving College. The Lady Tigers might have just enough left in the tank to make a run at Dibrell.
Several of the girls from both teams play together during the summer months so they are more than familiar with each other’s style of play.
The Lady Tigers do not have a problem putting points on the board, but the problem is matching up on defense versus the Lady Wildcats. Irving College cannot seem to find the right five players to match up with Dibrell.
The next spot is a toss-up between the Eastside Lady Bulldogs and the Morrison Lady Eagles. These two teams are both very similar when facing each other and have made progress throughout the season.
Eastside and Morrison are so close in comparison on both ends of the floor. They both have size in the post, and can easily shoot from outside when they get decent looks.
That leaves Boyd and Centertown fighting for their lives at the bottom. Centertown has size but has quickly realized you cannot count on winning on size alone. The Lady Warriors are also working on their third coach in the last four years and having to start from the beginning every season is just not going to get it done against the more experienced schools.
Boyd is younger than most and the Lady Broncos do not have the size or the experience as of yet.
Heading into the final week of the regular season of the 7-8 grade basketball season, the postseason tournament is fast approaching with the first rounds beginning Feb. 5.
Let’s look at how the tournament is shaping up.
For the boys side, the Morrison Eagles look tough to beat. The Eagles set the tone by winning the Morrison Ruritan Tournament to kick off the 2014-2015 basketball season and they have been on a tear ever since. The Eagles are not limited to just playing local county schools. They have also played and beaten Sparta and Tullahoma teams during the season as well.
Morrison is disciplined on both sides of the floor and if you don’t match up well with all five players it could make for a long night. Their guards love to push the tempo so it takes a very well-conditioned team to keep pace with the Eagles for all four quarters.
Morrison will not outsize you in the post, but you will have to beat the Eagles relentless pressure on the ball if you have any hope of beating them. The Morrison defense is quick to react to the passing lanes and is more than capable of running up the score off turnovers while getting back down the floor in a hurry, with transition points that can add up fast.
The Bulldogs from Eastside did not get off to the start they had hoped for but they have fast become a team on the move. As the season has progressed, Eastside has made quite a run as the Bulldogs try to find ways to match up against Morrison.
The Bulldogs have a relentless pressure defense that loves to run the entire floor. Their passing is sharp and their positioning underneath the glass makes rebounding against them difficult as well.
Eastside did take part in the Masonic Christmas Tournament and made it all the way to the finals after falling to the loser’s bracket. Eastside would fight its way back up the loser’s bracket and run into a very tough Westside Eagle team from Woodbury and run out of gas in the championship game.
The Centertown Warriors started the season red hot by defeating Eastside early in the Ruritan Tournament. But in the next round the Warriors ran into the smaller Morrison Eagles and were handed a loss in the championship game by the speedy play from the Eagles. The Warriors have not looked the same since.
Centertown is larger in the post than every other team in the county but as the season has gone on Centertown has struggled against Eastside and Morrison. Centertown had also taken part in the Masonic Christmas tournament only to exit early on against Eastside, a team they had previously beaten.
The Warriors may have taken for granted they had beaten Eastside previously and looked confused and played from behind in the tournament game versus Eastside. But you can never count Centertown out and the Warriors might be the team to make a late-season run to the top.
Dibrell, Boyd, and Irving College are good teams but they are much younger and lack experience to keep up with the larger and quicker teams. But as time goes by and these older players move on to the high school over the next season or two, any one of those three could find their way to the top.
The 7-8 grade postseason county tournament is set to begin Thursday, Feb. 5 at Charlie Dalton Gym.