If Carroll high school basketball fans hope to see any more action this year, they'd better count on checking out the action early.

Ifthe region seedings hold true, county basketball action should be finished by Thursday night.

Final region playoff schedules won't be set until later today andseveral positions were up for grabs heading into Friday night's action (after press time), but here's how the playoff picture looked heading into the last night of the season.

Girls basketball: It's a lean year for county teams. Francis Scott Key and South Carroll had been out of the picture for weeks and Westminster was eliminated from postseason contention on Thursday.

That leaves surprising Liberty and North Carroll as the only two playoff teams -- and one will be eliminated in first-round Class 3A Region I action Tuesday night. Liberty, picked by some to battle for last in the county, has earned the fourth seed in the region tournament and will play host to fifth-seeded North Carroll.

The Lions come into the playoffs with a five-game winning streak and as county champions. Their 51-44 victory over Westminster clinched the county crown and knocked the Owls out of the playoffs.

Boys basketball: Three Carroll teams are involved, but Friday's games were to go a long way toward determining where county teamswould finish and who they would play in the first round of regional tournaments Monday night.

Losses by Howard and Centennial in theirfinal regular-season games Thursday ensured South Carroll would be either the third or fourth seed. The Cavs were tied with North Hagerstown heading into Friday's final game.

If South Carroll and North Hagerstown had both won their final game, South Carroll would place third because their win over Class 3A North Carroll would give them onemore point than the Hubs would have earned for a win over Class 2A South Hagerstown.

If both lost and remained tied with 67 points, however, the first applicable tie-breaker is the school's record against other Class 3A teams. South Carroll was 5-3 against 3A opponents heading into Friday's game and would be 5-4 if the tie-breaker were needed.

If South Carroll moves up to third seed, the Cavaliers would play host to Centennial Monday night. If they place fourth, Howard would visit Winfield. South Carroll defeated Howard in Ellicott City, 58-46, early in the season, but did not play Centennial.

In Class 1A Region I, Francis Scott Key is the fifth seed and most likely will play at Poolesville in Montgomery County in Monday's first-round game. If Poolesville won its final game, however, the Indians could have moved up to third, meaning Key would visit Owings Mills Monday.

InClass 4A Region I, Randallstown, Seneca Valley and Westminster all were assured playoff berths, and all were battling for the final threespots. Westminster had the following playoff possibilities for Monday: at Woodlawn, at Dulaney, at Randallstown, at Seneca Valley, at home with Randallstown or at home with Seneca Valley.

North Carroll and Liberty earlier had been knocked out of contention.

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