Carroll Varsity Roundup (Feb. 26): Regional basketball playoffs set to tip off this weekend
By Pat Stoetzer
Carroll County Times|
Feb 26, 2019 | 12:25 PM
Maryland’s high school basketball postseason begins this weekend, and there are seven Carroll teams slated for action with the other seven drawing first-round byes.
There are two intra-county matchups in Class 2A West Section 1, one on the boys side and one for girls. But there’s another interesting 2A West scenario, one that has Liberty’s boys team (20-2) traveling to Oakdale for its playoff opener next week despite having a better record.
The Lions’ two losses, against Century and Franklin, count toward their official Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association playoff seeding. Meanwhile, the Bears are 20-3 but dropped only one game that mattered in terms of regional seeds. The Frederick County team lost a pair of holiday tournament games, which don’t count. Liberty visits Oakdale on March 4.
Century, which shared this year’s Carroll County Athletic League title with the Lions, also has a first-round bye. The Knights (19-3) are riding an 11-game winning streak into the playoffs.
They’ll get the winner of Winters Mill at South Carroll, which tips off Friday night at 6. The Cavaliers (8-14) beat the Falcons (3-19) twice during the regular season.
Manchester Valley (8-13) hosts Magruder in a 3A West Section 1 quarterfinal Saturday night at 6:30, while Westminster (16-6) has a bye and gets the Watkins Mill-Blake winner on March 5 at home.
The annual state tournament gets underway Friday at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro. The preliminary rounds starts at 2:30, followed by quarterfinals at 6:15 and consolation prelims at 8:15.
Saturday starts with consolation matches at 9:30 a.m., and the championship semifinals are slated for 11. Then it’s consolation quarterfinals at 1:15 p.m, consolation semis and 2:15, and consolation finals (third through sixth place) at 4.