It's a pretty good time be a Tipton County high school basketball fan.
Four local teams – the Covington boys and girls, Brighton boys and Munford girls – are all hosting region tournament quarterfinal games this weekend, which is a rarity for sure.
For those of you not familiar with how the high school postseason works, here are the basics: Region quarterfinal losers are done. Winners move on to the semifinals. Winners there (the season is over for the losers) move into the region title game and earn an automatic berth in a sectional game, the winner of which goes to the state tournament. Region finals winners host a sectional game, while the losers travel.
Here's the breakdown on each game:
• McNairy Central at Covington girls, Friday at 7 p.m.: The Lady Chargers, though not ranked in the state polls, have shown the ability to play with the best teams in the state this year. They've beaten Obion County (ranked second in Class AA) and lost two very close games to them, and have beaten Dyersburg (ranked eighth). McNairy will be a heavy underdog for sure. If Covington can get past McNairy, a semifinal matchup looms Monday night in Lexington against the Westview-Bolivar winner. Covington split with Westview during the regular season.
• Bolton at Munford girls, Friday at 7 p.m.: The Lady Cougars appear to be playing their best basketball of the season. They've shown the ability to win high-scoring games with their potent 3-point attack as well as grind-it-out defensive struggles (See 31-27 district title win over Hardin County). Munford beat Bolton 53-43 on Jan. 16 at home. A win over the Lady Wildcats would propel Munford into a semifinal game Monday night in Arlington against the Bartlett-Jackson North Side winner. Munford swept JNS this season.
• Cordova at Brighton boys, Saturday at 7 p.m.: Brighton clearly has the toughest opponent among the four local teams. The Cardinals will be looking to advance to the region semifinals for the second straight season, but Cordova, who made the sectionals last year, will be tough. The Cardinals are playing well, however, coming off a three-point loss in the district title game to Dyer County, the state's fourth-ranked team. If the Cardinals can get past Cordova they will play the Bartlett-Jackson North Side winner on Tuesday in Arlington. Brighton beat JNS three times this season.
• McNairy Central at Covington boys, Saturday at 7 p.m.: The Chargers are on a roll, having won 10 straight and sweeping through the Distict 13-AA tournament with relative ease. The Bobcats played a very tough Bolivar squad to a four-point game earlier this year, but the rest of their resume indicates they'll be a big underdog against Covington, especially on the Chargers' home floor. A win against McNairy will put Covington in a semifinal matchup against the Liberty-Haywood winner Tuesday night in Lexington. Covington split a pair of games with Haywood during the regular season.