As the regular basketball season comes to a close, both basketball teams competed in districts. This year’s districts were held in Elsberry.
As for the girls’ district, they earned the first seed. They got a bye in the first round, which means they automatically advanced to the second round. The boys were seeded 2nd.
Before districts began, the girls’ coach, Doug Peirick, was asked how he felt about the upcoming districts. He said, “I feel very confident that our girls will be ready to play the games. They have been working hard all year long towards the goal of winning districts and moving on into state play.”
He was also asked how he felt about their seed in districts. He said, “We received the #1 seed in the district because of our strength of schedule and our record, so I feel very good about our seed. We get the 1st round bye in the tournament, which is good for our team because we don't have to play the 1st round and take that long bus ride more than two times next week.”
He then was asked who the team’s biggest threat in their district was. He simply said, “Our biggest threat is the team we are playing any given night.”
The boys’ coach, Aaron Peirick, was asked how he felt about upcoming districts. He stated, “I feel good about them. We are playing pretty good basketball right now and competing and making winning plays. We are also defending as well as we have all year. We will be challenged by basically opposite styles of play from us, but I think our guys will be ready.”
He was also asked how he felt about the teams seeding in districts. He said, “I think the district seeding went exactly like it should have. If we could have won a few of those close games in January, we could have had an argument for the #1 seed, but we ended up where I thought we deserved to. And we are happy to be the #2 seed.”
Regarding his thoughts on the team’s biggest threat, he stated, “McKinley is a threat just because they are the complete opposite of us athletically and stylistically. If we get a chance to play Elsberry, they are probably the most talented team in the district. They like to play fast at times and change up their defenses. Both of them pose challenges to us.”
The boys played on Monday, February 19th, against Silex. They won 33-19 and advanced to the next round of districts. The girls played Tuesday, February 20th, against Crystal City. They won and advanced to the Championship game on Friday, February 23rd, against Elsberry. The boys played McKinley on Wednesday, February 21st, and won. They advanced to the Championship game on Friday to play Elsberry.
The girls won the district title against Elsberry and competed in sectionals on Wednesday, February 28th. The boys lost in the Championship game and will not advance to sectionals.