The District 7-AA basketball tournament will start on Thursday night, with a pair of games in two different locations.
The opening round play-in games, between the number six and seven seeds, will be played at the site of higher seeds on Thursday, with winners advancing to the regular tournament at Tennessee Tech’s Hooper-Eblen Center on Friday.
The DeKalb County Lady Tigers will travel to Lafayette for the second straight year to open tournament play against the Macon County Tigerettes in the play-in round. Last year, the Tigerettes eliminated the DeKalb County girls in Lafayette, 54-32.
Macon County swept the regular season series with the Lady Tigers, winning 69-53, in Lafayette, back on January 13th, and 61-42, in Smithville, on February 3rd. Tip-off time, this Thursday night, is slated for 6:00 p.m.
In the boys’ play-in game, the sixth-seeded York Institute Dragons will host the seventh-seeded Smith County Owls, Thursday night at 6:00 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Upperman Lady Bees earned the top seed for the girls’ District bracket, as they finished a perfect 12-0 in district play and 27-1 overall. The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats finished in second place, at 9-3 in the district and 18-11 overall. Both Upperman and Livingston Academy earned first round tournament byes and automatic bids into next week’s Region 4-AA Tournament.
Rounding out the girls’ bracket is third-seeded Smith County (21-7, 7-5), fourth-seeded York Institute (14-10, 6-6) and fifth-seeded Cannon County (17-10, 6-6). The Owlettes will meet up with the winner of the DeKalb County-Macon County play-in game on Friday, at 4:00 p.m. York and Cannon County will play Friday at 7:00 p.m.
On the boys’ side, Macon County (18-8, 7-5) is the third seed, DeKalb County (16-10, 5-7) and Cannon County (11-16, 5-7) tied for fourth place, pending a coin flip, but regardless of seeding, the Tigers and Lions will play in the first round, Friday night, at 8:30 p.m. at Tennessee Tech. Macon County will play either York or Smith County, Friday, at 7:00 p.m.
Both boys’ and girls’ semi-final round games will be played on Saturday, with the girls’ championship and consolation games slated for Monday, and the boys’ championship and consolation games scheduled for Tuesday.
Again, all tournament games — after the play-in round — will be played at the Hooper-Eblen Center at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville.