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Highland and South Shelby Top Powerful Palmyra District
By David Sharp
Five teams are or have been ranked in the state participate in the Class 3 District 7 basketball tournament at Palmyra. The tournament is scheduled to run from February 25-March 1. Tenth ranked Highland (18-5) is the top boys seed. First ranked South Shelby is the girls’ one seed.
Highland and South Shelby have first round byes in the seven team district. Second seeded South Shelby has been ranked in Class 3 boys’ polls. The Cardinals challenge seventh seeded Monroe City in the first round.
Boy’s first round contests are slated for Monday, February 25. Third seeded Palmyra is another former top ten team. The Panthers play a solid Schuyler County team at 5:30PM. The Rams drew the six seed.
Clark County is the undefeated Tri-Rivers Conference champion. The Indians (16-7) were seeded fifth in this strong district. Clark County takes on one of the largest Class 3 basketball schools in the state when they challenge fourth seeded Macon at 8:30PM.
If Clark County gets past Macon, they face first seeded Highland on Wednesday night at 6PM. The second boys’ semi-final follows at 7:30PM.
On the girls’ side, second seeded Palmyra has been ranked in the state this season. The Lady Panthers play seventh seeded Monroe City in the last first round girls game of the night.
Girls’ first round games are scheduled for Tuesday, February 26. Fourth seeded Macon and fifth seeded Schuyler County tip off the evening at 5:30PM. The Lady Rams have 17 wins and have drawn state poll votes.
Third seeded Clark County (17-6) won their girls’ conference championship with a 7-0 record. The Lady Indians take on sixth seed Highland (11-11) at 7PM in the first round. The Lady Cougars knocked off Clark County in the district semi-finals last season.
Highland’s boys and the South Shelby Lady Birds are defending district champions. The 2007-08 championships are set to be settled on Saturday, March 1. The girls’ game starts at 6PM followed by the boys’ contest at 7:30PM.
The winner of Class 3 District 7 faces the winner of District 8 at Hallsville. Blair Oaks, Boonville, Centralia, Hallsville, North and South Callaway along with Southern Boone County are members of the Hallsville District.
The Class 3 Moberly girls’ Sectional could feature fourth ranked Blair Oaks, fifth ranked North Callaway or seventh ranked Hallsville. Highland’s boys knocked Blair Oaks out of the playoffs at Moberly last year. Blair Oaks won third place in Class 3 girls in 2007.