By Drew Terhall
DARKE COUNTY — The field is set for the girls high school basketball state tournament. Schools around the county will have this last week of regular season play to get ready for not only their first round opponent, but for their tournament run.
The eight local schools span three divisions with many schools in different sectional brackets. Here is where each school landed and the road they face for their first few playoff games.
Darke County’s lone Division II representative in Greenville High School is an 18 seed going up against the three seed in Tecumseh on Feb. 6 at Trotwood-Madison High School at 7 p.m. The Lady Wave are 6-13 on the season with a 5-11 conference record. In their bracket, they also have the fourth seed in Carroll and the second seed in Waynesville. A win will pit them against the winner of Carroll and the 15 seed Benjamin Logan.
Arcanum received the 12th seed and will go up against the fourth seed in Milton Union on Feb. 9 at Northridge High School at 7:30 p.m. The Lady Trojans are 7-12 on the season with a 6-4 conference record. In their sectional, they have the one seed in Bethel along with the fifth seeded Anna. A win by Arcanum will have them take on the winner of Anna and the tenth seeded Brookville.
In a different part of the bracket, Versailles is the seventh seed with a 10-10 record and a 5-3 conference record. The Lady Tigers take on the 13th seed Houston on Feb. 11 at Covington High School at 2 p.m. A win will have them face the 14th seeded Indian Lake. Two wins and they could face the second seed in Miami East. On Dec. 22, the Lady Tigers lost to Miami East, 41-33, at home.
Four teams will play their sectional games at Sidney. Ansonia is on one side of the bracket as the sixth seed going up against the seventh seed in Troy Christian on Feb. 11 at 2:30 p.m. The Lady Tigers are 8-12 with a 3-7 conference record. A win will more than likely give them a matchup against the one seed in Fort Loramie. Fort Loramie will have to get through Fairlawn, who the Lady Tigers already defeated this season, before they can have a chance at Ansonia.
The rest of the local teams are in another bracket playing their games at Sidney.
Bradford is the 14th seed and has a bye in the first round of games. The 0-18 Lady Railroaders will take on the winner between the second seed in Russia and the 13th seed in Triad.
Franklin Monroe is the tenth seed at 4-16 with a 2-8 conference record. They will take on the fourth seeded Botkins on Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.
The Lady Jets will take on the winner of the third seeded Mississinawa Valley and the eighth seed in Riverside. The Lady Blackhawks are 16-3 with a 8-2 conference record. Whoever can win two games in a row will more than likely take on Russia in the district finals.
Playing at Versailles, Tri-Village is the one seed with a 21-0 record and will take on the 11th seed in Yellow Springs on Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. A win in the first game could set the Lady Patriots up for two straight WOAC opponents. A win over Yellow Springs will give them a matchup against Twin Valley South. A win over them could have Tri-Village take on the fourth seed in Tri-County North or the seventh seed in National Trail. The sixth seed in Catholic Central could meet the Lady Patriots in the district finals, but would need to get through the Lady Panthers and the Lady Blazers.
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