CLARKTON (26-1) VS. BELL CITY (24-5)
Players to watch: F Eric Henry (6-1, sr., 26 ppg, 12 rpg), PG Dominitrix Johnson (5-11, jr., 23 ppg, 8 apg, 7 rpg), G Kenyon Wright (6-1, sr., 13 ppg), Bell City; F David Mathies (6-4, sr., 21 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 5 apg), PG Andre Marsh (6-0, sr., 17 ppg, 6.8 apg, 7 rpg); C Michael Ray (6-5, jr., 10.5 ppg, 10.5 rpg), Clarkton.
Up next: Winner plays Bradleyville (15-10)- Verona (28-0) winner at 1 p.m. Saturday at West Plains Civic Center in West Plains, Mo.
Notes: Clarkton is ranked third in state while Bell City, the defending state champion, is ranked fifth; Bell City was ranked seventh and Clarkton eighth in last Southeast Missouri poll; Clarkton's only loss came to Campbell, a team it defeated twice; Clarkton is the Tri-County Conference champion, won the Tri-County Conference Tournament and Clarkton Christmas Tournament; Clarkton's Michael Ray became eligible the second semester and has averaged a double-double as the Reindeers' sixth man; both teams own victories over Bernie, Richland and Risco; Oran is only Class 1 school to defeat Bell City this year -- three of Cubs losses came to Class Class 4 schools Dexter and Notre Dame and other loss came to Class 3 Caruthersville; Bell City finished third in seMissourian Christmas Tournament, defeating Class 5 Jackson along the way; Clarkton has won 23 straight games and a school record 26 games this year.
NAYLOR (8-15) VS. DELTA (24-2)
Players to watch: C Rebecca Below (6-0, sr., 24.1 ppg, 12.1 rpg), PG Rebecca Cook (5-6, sr., 12.4 ppg, 3.2 spg), Delta; G April Thomas (20 ppg, 4 rpg, 2 apg); F Ashley Johnson (5-8, so., 7 ppg, 4 rpg), Naylor.
Up next: Couch (16-4) vs. Hurley (24-3), Saturday, 2:45 p.m., West Pains Civic Center.
Notes: Delta is ranked second in Class 1; Delta is Scott-Mississippi Conference champion; Delta is making second straight playoff appearance, having lost to Couch in last year's regional; Delta has won 12 straight games; Naylor did not have a senior among the 16 players on its roster this season; Naylor competes in the Ozark Foothills Conference; Naylor freshman center Miranda Sullivan has averaged 6 ppg and 6 rpg since being moved up from JV late in the season; Rebecca Below scored 30 points in Delta's 70-44 district championship win over Scott County Central.
-- Jeff Breer