This past Monday representatives from all four schools in the district met and drew the playoff pairings to be played at EKU the week of February 24th. If you follow local basketball in the county you know the district uses a “blind draw” to determine which teams play one another. There are currently 64 basketball districts in the state of Kentucky and only seven use the blind draw to determine postseason play meaning 56 districts seed their teams by playing one another and using the head to head records to determine opponents.
The Indians of Madison Central and the Eagles of Madison Southern will play in the opening round on Monday the 24th. Eagles and Indians did not play one another this season in boy’s basketball but the Lady Indians did travel to Berea to play Madison Southern. The Lady Eagles won an exciting game 45-43 over their rivals. In that game the Indians only shot 35% from the free throw line (8-23) in the two point loss. While the Indians struggled at the charity stripe that night the Lady Eagles couldn’t throw it in the ocean from outside as they shot 16% from behind the three point line (3-19). This opening round game will be possibly the best game of the entire district tournament.
The Lady Pirates and Lady Patriots will play Tuesday the 25th. The two All A schools played one another with the Pirates winning at Model 45-39. Model was 2-11 18% from the free throw line in that game. Take away the poor free throw shooting and the game was tight throughout and should be another tight one on the 25th.
I spoke of the blind draw to begin the article and what if we seeded this season? Well the Indians did not play a district game this year in boy’s action. Madison Southern owns victories over both Model and Berea. Berea is 1-1 in boys play with a win over Model. Model is win less in district play at 0-2. It’s reasonable to say that Madison Central would be the one or two seed meaning that this season the top two seeds play in the opening round knocking one of them out. On the girls side of the tournament Madison Southern is 2-0 with wins over Berea and Central. Berea is 2-1 with a win over Model and loss to the Eagles. Central is 0-2 but did not play Model. The Lady Patriots are 0-1 and did not play the two county schools. So Southern would be the top seed with Berea as the two seed so the draw held true this season.
It should be an exciting tournament with the Madison Central/Madison Southern boys game being the highlight. This was the first time in few seasons they didn’t play in the regular season. All the games will be available to watch on WBONTV.com or on the radio stations of Wallingford broadcasting.