Sunday, February 26, 2017

Girls' basketball playoffs

The Jaguars shown battling Kimball Area on January 5 in Kimball.

The seeding has been finalized for the Sub-Section 5A-South girls' basketball tournament, which begins on Monday this week (Feb. 27). Kimball Area, runners-up in the Central Minnesota Conference, has earned the top seed.

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team earned the No. 2 seed for the playoffs, and they will begin the postseason with a home quarterfinal game on Thursday, March 2. They'll host the winner of the No. 7 Onamia vs. No. 10 Ogilvie play-in round game at 7 p.m. Onamia and Ogilvie square off on Monday in the first round in Onamia.

B-B-E finished the regular season 18-8 overall, which ties for the school record for most wins in a regular season. That record was set in 2014-2015 when the Jaguars also finished 18-8 overall heading into playoffs. Prior to that, the school record for most regular season wins stood at 17-8, set in 2008-2009.

This year in the CMC, the Jaguars finished 10-4, good for third place alone and also rating it as one of the best marks in conference play in school history.

The school record for most wins in a season stands at 21, set by the 2014-2015 squad that finished as runners-up in Section 5A and 21-9 overall.

2017 Sub-Section 5A-South girls' basketball seedings (overall record):
1. Kimball Area (21-5)
2. B-B-E (18-8)
3. East Central (13-13)
4. Swanville (9-15)
5. Upsala (8-18)
6. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (10-16)
7. Onamia (8-15)
8. Isle (7-18)
9. Browerville/Eagle Valley (6-20)
10. Ogilvie (5-19)

The Sub-Section 5A-South semifinal round is on Saturday, March 4 at a site to-be-determined. The times are 6 and 7:45 p.m., and if I recall correctly, usually the earlier game involves the No. 1 seed and whoever else is still alive on that side of the bracket. The sub-section finals is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 at a site to-be-determined.