Although the Eastmoor Academy boys basketball team is making its first appearance in the state tournament and Walnut Ridge hasn't been to state since winning the Class AAA title in 1971, at least their coaches have some experience at that level.
Centennial High School boys basketball coach Roosevelt Osborne knew his team would need to play a nearly flawless game to beat Walnut Ridge in a Division II district semifinal March 11 at Columbus East.
When the second-seeded Centennial High School girls basketball team decided to go into the same bracket as top-seeded Eastmoor Academy at the Division II district tournament draw last month, the Warriors took it personally.
The Centennial High School boys basketball team was momentarily stunned when its best player, Joe Thomas, had to be taken to a hospital during the first half of its Division II district tournament game March 7 at Independence.
Senior guard Maria Fisher became concerned when the Watterson High School girls basketball team scored only two points in the first quarter and trailed by as many as 10 points in the second quarter of its Division I district second-round game.
Centennial High School girls basketball coach Darrin Green was concerned his team might get out to a sluggish start in the Division II district tournament after it wasn't able to practice six of the eight days before its postseason opener because of bad weather.
Watterson High School boys basketball coach Vince Lombardo said his team will need to be more consistent at the offensive end of the court if it is to make a run in the Division II district tournament.
The Centennial High School girls basketball team may be able to win its first two Division II district tournament games without giving its best effort, but senior guard Izzi Luaces insists the Stars will be focused and ready to play hard in each contest.
After the Centennial High School girls basketball team lost to Eastmoor Academy 44-43 in the City League championship game Feb. 7 at Columbus South, the Stars didn't try to downplay their disappointment.
The Watterson High School girls basketball team was able to grind out a 24-22 CCL victory over Ready on Dec. 18 behind a strong defensive performance that included holding the Silver Knights' go-to player, Lauren Ruth, to five points.