It could be simple or get complicated.
Western Maryland College women's basketball coach Becky Martin would prefer the former. A win over visiting Johns Hopkins tonight would give her Green Terror the Centennial Conference West Division title. A loss, however, and things get sticky.
"It can get complicated, but we can make it real simple if we win. We win and we're in," Martin said.
"I told the team we're in a great position in that we control our own destiny."
The top two teams in the West and East divisions qualify for the CC playoffs. Hopkins is atop the CC West at 10-2 with Western Maryland 10-3 and Dickinson 9-3 going into last night's game against conference foe Franklin & Marshall. Dickinson travels to Hopkins on Saturday.
Should Western Maryland win tonight, the Green Terror would close out its conference slate at 11-3. All possible tie-breakers would give the Green Terror the CC West crown.
A Western Maryland loss tonight and things could come down to Saturday's Dickinson-Hopkins game with one possible scenario being a one-game playoff on Monday to decide which teams advance to postseason play.
"No matter what the outcome, we're elated with this season," Martin said. "We've already surpassed many people's expectations."
Before the season, the Green Terror was picked to finish last in the CC West by conference coaches.
In the two teams' first meeting Jan. 24 at Hopkins, Western Maryland came away with a 73-67 win behind a 23-point effort from Katie Haley.
"It's going to be quite a game. We're going to have to stick to our game plan and play with confidence and aggressively," Martin said.
"At this stage in the season, if we can execute well, we will win. This will be a game with a lot of emotion. Both teams obviously have a lot on the line."
The Green Terror is coming off a 83-76 loss to Elizabethtown in a non-conference game Monday.
How has the Green Terror responded after losses this season? It won six straight after its first loss against Ursinus, came back with five wins after its second loss of the season against Haverford; and had two wins after losses against Messiah and Dickinson.
Freshman Michele Jarman earned co-Player of the Week honors in the conference after averaging 14.7 points and 11.7 rebounds in three games last week. She had a season-high 25 points in a 66-64 win against Goucher on Thursday and had 12 rebounds against Dickinson and Gettysburg. Going into the week, Jarman averaged 4.2 points and 5.2 rebounds a game.
On the mats
Three wrestlers from Carroll are ranked by the Maryland State Wrestling Association going into Saturday's county championships at South Carroll.
Two-time defending state champ Mike Chenoweth of South Carroll is ranked first at 171 pounds. He took a 22-0 record into last night's finals of the Hammond Wrestling Tournament with 16 pins. Teammate Charlie Conaway is second in the state at 160, only behind Mount St. Joseph's two-time private school's state champ, Tyran Dungee. At 140, North Carroll's Tom Kiler is ranked second behind Tyrone Neal, a two-time defending state champ from Southern-AA.
No. 3 Francis Scott Key, which finished with a 4-0 county record in the dual-meet schedule, will look to defend last year's county tournament crown.
In last year's tournament, the Eagles sent six wrestlers to the finals with five coming away with titles to win the championship by a 153.5-134 margin over runner-up North Carroll. South Carroll was a close third with 126 points.
Five returning county champs will be in action with Kiler going after his fourth county crown. Conaway and Chenoweth also won county titles last year with Westminster's Bobby Biden and Key's Ryan Etzler the others.
Liberty's 33-30 win over Howard on Monday gave four-year coach Jeff Hash his first winning season at 9-7. Senior captain Scott Taylor clinched the match at 189 with a decision win over Howard's Kenny Neal.
In the college ranks, Western Maryland senior heavyweight Ted Speers was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the Centennial Conference tournament Saturday at Ursinus College.