Welcome to conference championship week, where teams have one more chance to change its season for the better before the state playoff start next week. The Cap Eight 4-A has been top-heavy this year on both the boys and girls side.
Each semifinal game and final will be held at Broughton’s Holliday Gymnasium. The girls will play their semifinals Wednesday, and the boys will their semifinal Thursday. Both championship games will be held Friday. Remember, the top five seeds in the tournament have qualified for the state playoffs. The only way a lower seed can make the postseason is to win the tournament. Whoever wins the tournament will automatically received a No. 2 seed in the state playoffs.
Here’s a breakdown of each girls first-round games on Tuesday.
(8) Heritage at (1) Millbrook, 5:30 p.m.
This game shouldn’t be a problem for the Wildcats, who are attempting to go undefeated in the conference regular season and win the conference tournament. Forward Briana Day should have an advantage in the paint with her size and ability to rebound the ball well. Millbrook can also rely on guards Katelyn Mitchell and Alex Tomlinson. Heritage’s only win this season came in one of the eight forfeited games by Enloe
(5) Broughton at (4) Wake Forest-Rolesville, 7 p.m.
This game should be a competitive one that comes down to the fourth quarter. Wake Forest-Rolesville won both games, but Broughton has been improving ever since its team began to get healthy in early February. Guard Justice Byrd is the Caps most versatile player while the Cougars are led by Taylor Walker.
(6) Enloe at (3) Wakefield, 5:30 p.m.
This is by far the most intriguing game of the first round as Enloe needs to win the tournament to make the playoffs. The Eagles have the weapons to do with guards Dana Brown and Mykia Jones. The game is also interesting because the Wolverines were the first team to face the Eagles after they had to forfeit the eight victories. Wakefield beat Enloe in that meeting, and used good defense that led to easy offense.
(7) Leesville Road at (2) Sanderson, 7 p.m.:
Sanderson has been the surprise team in the conference with its 9-5 conference record. The Spartans are led by Derricka Lewis who averages 22 points per game. The Spartans are also one of the best teams defensively in the Cap Eight and shouldn’t have much problem stopping a Leesville Road team that has only beat Heritage and Enloe.