The high school basketball season wraps up next week and area high school teams are jockeying for position in the postseason tournaments that follow.
Here are five things to know about the area’s teams and their postseason outlooks:
1. Collierville’s girls appear headed for a third-place finish.
Despite a setback last Friday at Ridgeway, the Lady Dragons are solidly in third place in the six-team District 15-AA behind district leader Houston and second-place Southwind.
Collierville finishes the regular season at Houston Friday and at home against Southwind on Tuesday.
If the standings don’t change they will play last-place Germantown, which is winless in district play, in the first round of the district tournament.
Senior Destiny Amaefula, at 15.1 points per game, is one of the top scorers in the league.
2.The Dragons are battling for fourth place.
A loss to Kirby last Friday put the Dragons into a tie for fourth place with Kirby. Collierville trails first-place Southwind by four games and Ridgeway and Houston by three, meaning fourth is the best the Dragons can hope for at this point.
If Collierville and Kirby finish with identical district records, Kirby would win the tiebreaker by virtue of head-to-head point differential.
However it works out, it looks like the two teams will play each other in an elmination district tournament game. Collierville beat Kirby 33-32 on Jan. 8.
3. The Saints are perfect in league play.
Briacrest is halfway through its DII-AA-West and the Saints have looked like the team to beat. They routed Memphis Unversity School and St. Benedict and edged 45-42 at CBHS on Jan. 11.
The CBHS rematch is Friday at home. CBHS has already lost two league games, so even a loss there for Braircrest and wins over MUS on Feb. 8 and St. Benedict Feb. 15 would give the Saints the title.
Briarcrest is 21-2 with its losses coming against Bartlett and Jonesboro (Ark.).
The Saints, which advanced to the state semifinals a season ago, will have a favorable seed in the region tournament.
4. Briacrest’s girls have a shot at first.
The DII-AA girls standings are very jumbled up at the moment with Briacrest, St. Agnes, St. Benedict and St. Mary’s all within two games of first-place Hutchison.
With that said, the Lady Saints can still finish in first place. They play Feb. 8 at Hutchison, which handed Briarcrest its only league loss on Jan. 18. If Briarcrest can win its final four league games it will likely finish tied with Hutchison for first place. A tiebreaker will determine the the top seed in the region tournament.
Like Briarcrest’s boys, the Lady Saints made it all the way to the state semifinals last season.
5. Let’s look ahead.
Following the Division I district tournaments, which begin next week and include Collierville, the girls’ region tournament begins Feb. 22 and the boys get going Feb. 23. Winners there move on to sectional games. The Division I girls’ state tournament begins March 6 and the boys start March 13. Both are at Middle Tennessee State University.
In Division II, which Briacrest plays in, there are no district tournaments. Region tournament play begins Feb. 15 for the girls and Feb. 16 for the boys The top teams move on to state at Lipscomb University. Those tournaments start Feb. 28.