Local girls hoopsters will soon enter tourney action

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The 2018-19 high school girls basketball regular season is rapidly coming to an end.
Before fans know it, local squads will be venturing into post-season action.
The first tournament game for the area will be played on Saturday, Feb. 16.
The Marysville Lady Monarchs (9-9) will take the Division I No. 22 seed into a 1 p.m. contest at No. 17-seeded Dublin Scioto.
The post-season will begin in earnest the following week.
There will be a trio of tournament games on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Fairbanks (1-18), which drew the No. 22 seed in D-III, has the daunting task of traveling to Franklin County.
There, the Lady Panthers will face top-seeded and No. 1 state-ranked Columbus Africentric.
Tip-off time is slated for 7 p.m.
“This is going to be a big challenge for us,” said FHS head coach Landon Fraker.
“Africentric beat Division I Dublin Coffman by 50 points earlier in the season,” he said. “Last night (Monday), they beat Newark (47-45), which is the No. 2 seed for the D-I tournament.
“I feel that Africentric is easily the best team in the state, regardless of division,” said Fraker.
North Union’s girls (5-14) will also make the trek to Columbus on that night.
The Lady Cats, who are seeded 20th in Division III, will travel to Columbus Bishop Ready.
The Silver Knights will take the No. 8 seed into the 7 p.m. contest.
Triad’s girls, who are 7-12, will travel to Sidney High School on that night.
The Lady Cardinals, who are the Division IV ninth seed, will take on No. 10 Sidney Fairlawn.
The game will be the finale of a triple-header at Sidney that night.
Tip-off is scheduled for approximately 8 p.m.
Jonathan Alder’s girls (13-4) earned the fourth seed in the Division II post-season.
The Lady Pioneers will host their first post-season game on Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m.
JA will take on the winner of the Columbus East-Whitehall game that will be played earlier that week.



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