PORTAGEVILLE -- The Class 3, District 1 Tournament will be held at Portageville High School from Monday Feb. 28-Mar. 3, 2005 and one of eight teams could come out with the championship.
Jim Bidewell's Portageville Bulldogs were chosen as the top seed in the tournament and deservingly so. The Bulldogs finished 5-1 in the Bootheel Conference this season and were co-champions with Caruthersville and South Pemiscot.
The Bulldogs also defeated South Pemiscot in the finals of the Bootheel Conference Tournament, which was anyone's game until the final 30 seconds.
Portageville is led by all state standout Willie Hassell, who is one of the most dangerous playmakers in Southeast Missouri.
The Hayti Indians will be Portageville's opponent in the opening round of the tournament and have won four games in a row with the results of their matchup with North Pemiscot last Friday night not known.
The frontcourt duo of Antonio Robinson and Dominique Robinson sparked the Indians against the highly talented South Pemiscot Bulldogs as Hayti pulled off an upset two weeks ago on the road.
Senior forward Ricky Jackson was the catalyst for Hayti during the regular season and leads the Indians' scoring attack.
With the way Hayti has responded late in the season, the first game of the tournament could be entertaining to watch.
The Doniphan Dons drew the second seed and will face the New Madrid County Eagles in their opening contest.
The Dons have a young, upstart group of athletes and have the dominating presence of 6-foot-10 inch Matt Rogers on the interior.
Two of the best freshman in the tournament have to be Doniphan's Charles and Chandler Wilson. In a recent meeting on the road against the third-
seeded Caruthersville Tigers, the Wilson combination made some incredible situations occur that kept the Dons from being dismantled.
Charles Wilson drove the baseline past the Tigers' defenders and executed two reverse layups like it was a technique that he does every day in practice.
Chandler Wilson sparked Doniphan with a game-high 14 rebounds versus Caruthersville and also drew four charging violations in the contest.
New Madrid County Central pulled off an upset two weeks ago with a one-
point home victory over the Portageville Bulldogs.
According to head coach Scott Kruse, the Eagles have started a winning streak at the right time and look forward to the district tournament.
NMCC knocked off Sikeston and Kennett during their hot streak and have been fueled by the scoring ability of senior Joseph Howell.
Others like Quentin Binion and Eugene Cooper have also contributed for the Eagles this season.
The Eagles matchup well with Doniphan, having a definite advantage in quickness and jump-shooting ability.
If the Eagles can control Rogers, NMCC could be moving on in the tournament.
Twin Rivers junior Michael Lance and his patented outside shooting will attempt to lead the Royals past the Malden Green Wave to advance in the tournament.
Kade McBroom and Jared Stockton have been two weapons that head coach Jim Vaughn has depended on all season long.
The three-six matchup will feature the Caruthersville Tigers against the Kennett Indians.
The Kennett Indians have definitely had there share of problems in 2004
Three starters, Alando Edwards, Danny Ragsdale and Cody Robinson have not been in the Indians starting line-up for most of the season.