Division High School basketball play will pick up steam tonight

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

Here’s some insight fans need to know – a little high school basketball division tournament 101, if you will – before tonight’s first-round tipoffs around Northeast Mississippi:
• Lose tonight in the opening round and your season ends.
• Advance to the semifinals and you’re assured a berth in next week’s North Mississippi tournament.
• Semifinals losers play a consolation game Friday, the same night as the division championship game.
• The consolation winner is a No. 3 seed and the loser a No. 4 seed at North state. Both teams would travel for opening round games scheduled to begin next Monday (girls) and Tuesday (boys).
• The division champion and runners-up are the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds and host first round North state games.
It should be noted that only two teams advance to North state from 5A and 6A because there are fewer teams and four team divisions.