The race for the women’s basketball district championship is entering into the final week. As with Northside style and flair and it will not be an easy solution because of the many different teams who all own a piece of the district championship.
Currently, O’Connor is still sitting in the driver’s seat with a 13-2 record. The Lady Panthers fell to the Stevens’ Falcons, which allowed them to pull within one game of the current district champions.
Stevens is sharing the second place spot with the Lady Cougars from Clark. Stevens will face the Lady Bears from Brennan on Wednesday, January 31. The Lady Bears in recent years have reached the playoffs and were in the state finals. However, this year the Lady Bears are rebuilding and have a 4-11 record in the district.
The Lady Cougars will face the district champion, Lady Panthers from O’Connor on Wednesday, January 31. The outcome of these two games can have an impact on the district playoff spots.
Taft is sitting third with an 11-4 record, Brandeis fourth with a 10-5 record, and Jay is fifth with 9-6.
Taft will face Jay at Harlan Gym on Tuesday, January 30. If Taft wins the game, Jay will be removed from the playoff picture.
Brandeis is playing Marshall. Marshall enters the game with a 2-13 district record. Brandeis should win. This will improve Brandeis to a 11-4 record. However, if Taft defeats Jay then Taft will have a 12-4 record and still be one game ahead of Brandeis.
What is important to remember is there are only four spots for the playoffs. With O’Connor at 13-2, Stevens and Clark at 12-3 they have a comfortable grasp on three of those spots. Northside fans will watch as Jay, Brandeis, and Taft battle to a finish to secure the final spot.
Saturday may offer clarity for all sports fans as Brandeis plays O’Connor; Taft plays Stevens; and Clark will play Jay.
The marquee match up for Monday and the final night of district play will be Stevens and Clark. What better way to determine the second and third spot or the fourth and third spot or who goes home and how advances than a great game of basketball.
The Echo will be broadcasting live the Stevens Brennan/ O’Connor Clark match up. The link for the live broadcast will be posted on our Facebook page.
If the Echo does not broadcast the regional swim meet on Saturday, we will broadcast the Brandeis O’Connor/ Clark Jay match up. If readers have a preference as to what we broadcast, comment below the story.
We will also broadcast the Marshall Holmes/ Stevens Clark match up on Tuesday, February 6.