JACKSON, Ohio — The high school postseason is just around the corner, but the roads for the southeast district tournament were paved Sunday afternoon at Jackson High School during the 2013 OHSAA Southeast District Girls Basketball Tournament selection meeting in the Apple City.
Six area schools — Gallia Academy, Meigs, River Valley, Southern, South Gallia and Eastern — now know where their opening games will be and who they will be facing in those matchups.
Four of the six programs will start the 2013 postseason needing to win at least two games to advance to districts, with Eastern and South Gallia being the only squads that would have to win one tournament game to achieve a sectional title.
Only two of the six programs — Eastern and South Gallia — earned a seeding higher than four, although neither team is guaranteed anything by their rankings. The Lady Eagles came away with the top-seed and the Lady Rebels are the three-seed in the Division IV Athens bracket, and EHS is the only Ohio Valley Publishing area program with a No. 1 ranking.
The Lady Eagles (16-4) — a two-time reigning Division IV district champion — will face the winner of the 8-9 contest between Southern (5-14) and Federal Hocking (6-11) at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, at Athens High School. The Lady Tornadoes and Lady Lancers will face off at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, at Athens High School in a D-4 sectional semifinal.
Third-seeded SGHS (16-4) will face the winner of the 6-11 contest between Belpre (13-6) and Miller (2-18) at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Athens High School. The Lady Golden Eagles and Lady Falcons will face off at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Athens High School in a Division IV sectional semifinal.
Gallia Academy (6-14) earned a nine-seed in the Division II bracket and will face eighth-seeded South Point (7-10) in a 6:15 p.m. sectional semifinal at Meigs High School on Monday, Feb. 11. The winner will advance to face top-seeded Jackson (18-0) in a sectional final at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, at Meigs.
Both River Valley and Meigs earned double-digit seeds in Division III, meaning that both squads face an uphill battle in getting out of sectionals.
The Lady Raiders (6-14) earned a 13-seed and will face fourth-seeded Crooksville (10-9) in a D-3 sectional semifinal at 6:45 p.m., Monday, Feb. 11, at Jackson High School. The Lady Marauders (4-14) came away with a 15-seed and will take on second-seeded Ironton (14-5) in a D-3 sectional semifinal at 6:15 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Jackson High School.
Complete listings of all 2013 OHSAA Southeast District Girls Basketball Tournament brackets for divisions 1-4 are available on the web at www.seodab.org