Midlands playoff picture not complete

February 19, 2014 

The Midlands state basketball playoff picture will not be complete until the results are in from two Wednesday night games.

Tonight in Camden, C.A. Johnson’s boys team squares off against traditional small-school powerhouse Great Falls to determine the No. 1 seed out of Region 3-1A. Gaining the top spot is desirable because it affords the winner home-court advantage through the first three rounds of the postseason.

The Green Hornets and Red Devils split two regular season meetings to end up sharing the region championship and necessitating the special tie-breaking game. CAJ was a 76-57 winner in the first meeting on Jan. 14, but Great Falls pulled even with a 76-68 win on Feb. 4.

Meanwhile, things will finally be settled in Region 5-4A tonight when Aiken takes on North Augusta.

The outcome of the girls game is of no consequence. The seeding order is set with Dutch Fork No. 1, followed by North Augusta, Lexington and Aiken.

Aiken’s 39-37 overtime conquest of White Knoll on Tuesday clinched a playoff spot for the Hornets at the expense of the Timberwolves.

The boys game will alter the equation depending on the outcome. If North Augusta wins, the Yellow Jackets share first place with Dutch Fork and rate the No. 1 seed, followed, in order, by DF, Lexington and Aiken. If Aiken wins, Dutch Fork is the outright champion with North Augusta second, Aiken third and Lexington fourth.

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