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Prep hoops five things to watch: A championship weekend with girls Regionals on Saturday and boys conference crowns on the line Friday

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Friday, February 10
Boys
Carroll at Northrop, 7:30 p.m.
Columbia City at Leo, 7:30 p.m.
DeKalb at Bellmont, 7:45 p.m.
Eastside at Garrett, 7:30 p.m.
Concordia at Homestead, 7:30 p.m.
Bishop Dwenger at North Side, 7:30 p.m.
Bishop Luers at Snider, 7:30 p.m.
Wayne at South Side, 7:30 p.m.
Hamilton at Churubusco, 7:30 p.m
Huntington North at Norwell, 7:30 p.m.
Jay County at Heritage, 7:30 p.m.
New Haven at East Noble, 7:30 p.m.
Southern Wells at Woodlan, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday
Boys
Bluffton at Northfield, 7:30 p.m.
Carmel at Carroll, 7:30 p.m.
Churubusco at South Adams, 7:30 p.m.
Columbia City at West Noble, 7:30 p.m.
Eastside at Adams Central, 7:30 p.m.
Smith Academy at Canterbury, 2:30 p.m.
Snider at Northridge, 7:30 p.m.
Wayne at Huntington North, 7:30 p.m.
Heritage at New Haven, 7:45 p.m.
Leo at Jay County, 7:30 p.m.

Girls
CLASS 4A KOKOMO REGIONAL
Carmel (22-3) vs. Carroll (18-6), 10 a.m.
Homestead (24-2) vs. Zionsville (25-1), noon
Championship, 8 p.m.

CLASS 3A COLUMBIA CITY REGIONAL
Heritage Christian (19-6) vs. Norwell (16-9), 10 a.m.
Concordia Lutheran (20-4) vs. Tippecanoe Valley (22-4), noon
Championship, 8 p.m.

CLASS 2A WINAMAC REGIONAL
Delphi (17-8) vs. Hammond Noll (11-13), 10 a.m.
Central Noble (25-2) vs. South Adams (16-9), noon
Championship, 8 p.m.

CLASS A CASTON REGIONAL
Blackhawk Christian (12-12) vs. North White (21-4), 10 a.m.
Michigan City Marquette (19-5) vs. Argos (22-2), noon)
Championship, 8 p.m.
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Thursday, February 09, 2017 09:05 pm
Regional girls action takes center stage this weekend with Homestead, Carroll, Concordia Lutheran, Norwell, South Adams and Blackhawk Christian all attempting to keep their seasons alive. But the boys side stays relevant as well on the big girls weekend with both the Northeast 8 and Summit Athletic Conference titles in play with the potential to be clinched on Friday night. Here are five things to watch this weekend. 1. Homestead and Carmel girls.

The focus in the area Class 4A regional is on a potential rematch between the Homestead and Carmel girls teams, which would take place at 8 p.m. if they both won their morning games. Greyhound junior Amy Dilk scored 28 points to help sink Homestead in overtime on January 7, their first of two losses this year. A rematch would be an enticing one in Kokomo with a Silk and Karissa McLaughlin match up of two of the state's better pure scorers.

Also to look forward to: the storyline of former Homestead player Tomi Taiwo, now a junior for Carmel, getting another rematch with her former team. There is likely a drive on both sides, even friendly in nature, to not lose to the other. Taiwo has broken out at Carmel, scoring a team second best 14.1 points per game. If McLaughlin/Dilk is the 'A' matchup, then Madisen Parker/Taiwo is a pretty stellar 'B' side. If these two teams win their morning games, Carmel against Carroll and Homestead against Zionsville, look for one of the better games in the state this year to be played come the nightcap.

2. Can Luers spoil Snider's party?

Snider is a single win away from clinching their first SAC title since 2009, but a surprising Bishop Luers stands in their way. The Knights have silently positioned themselves to be the last team in play for a title outside of the Panthers. How Luers plays Snider, and specifically, Malik Williams on defense will be a key here. All of the big dogs of the conference have tried different ideas with Williams. With the Knights go straight at Williams with the physicality of Anton Berry? It will be another hot game with a capacity crowd at Kilmer Court, so will the Panthers continue to thrive under these circumstances as they did against North Side and Homestead?

3. Concordia's depth.

The Cadet girls have seen surges from a few different players this season. Be it seniors Shania Kelly and Hannah Nack or sophomores Carissa Garcia and Sylare Starks, they have demonstrated that they are no one trick pony when it comes to players or dimensions of their team game. Defense is expected for them Saturday when they meet up with Tippecanoe Valley in the Regional opener, but can they match the Vikings with depth? Tippecanoe Valley has 10 girls that averaged 15 or more minutes per game out of 32 minutes. The Vikings are going to use continuous substitutions to try and wear down Concordia. This game, and a meeting with either Heritage Christian or Norwell, hangs on who can control their depth best.

4. Huntington North looks to win NE8 outright.

In the first year of the Northeast 8 Conference, the regular season title was split four ways. This year, Huntington North has the chance to keep it all for themselves if they can just close out Norwell on Friday. The Vikings have shown depth as their season has progressed with Chazz Bruce being a difference in the post. With their win over New Haven last week, Huntington North showcased that they are dangerous most place on the floor between Bruce's post play, Hunter Hollowell's shooting, Luke Pulver's defense and Zach Daugherty's court vision. While they shouldn't count their chickens before they hatch against Norwell, the young Knights are going to need to work hard to stop Huntington from being a little selfish with that Northeast 8 trophy.

5. Brett Freeman's family affair.

South Adams girls coach Brett Freeman has taken his team to heights not seen in a long time and has made them the only remaining area team in Class 2A. Now he runs up against his family in an attempt to add a Regional placard to the bottom of his Sectional trophy. Freeman's nieces, freshman Sydney and senior team captain Courtney both play substantial time for South Adams' Saturday noon opponent Central Noble. Sydney has been on a big time roll lately, pushing the Cougars to their first ever Sectional title by upsetting Whitko. It is never easy to face family and with a shot at competing for a state title on the line, things could be emotional at noon.

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Friday, February 10
Boys
Carroll at Northrop, 7:30 p.m.
Columbia City at Leo, 7:30 p.m.
DeKalb at Bellmont, 7:45 p.m.
Eastside at Garrett, 7:30 p.m.
Concordia at Homestead, 7:30 p.m.
Bishop Dwenger at North Side, 7:30 p.m.
Bishop Luers at Snider, 7:30 p.m.
Wayne at South Side, 7:30 p.m.
Hamilton at Churubusco, 7:30 p.m
Huntington North at Norwell, 7:30 p.m.
Jay County at Heritage, 7:30 p.m.
New Haven at East Noble, 7:30 p.m.
Southern Wells at Woodlan, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday
Boys
Bluffton at Northfield, 7:30 p.m.
Carmel at Carroll, 7:30 p.m.
Churubusco at South Adams, 7:30 p.m.
Columbia City at West Noble, 7:30 p.m.
Eastside at Adams Central, 7:30 p.m.
Smith Academy at Canterbury, 2:30 p.m.
Snider at Northridge, 7:30 p.m.
Wayne at Huntington North, 7:30 p.m.
Heritage at New Haven, 7:45 p.m.
Leo at Jay County, 7:30 p.m.

Girls
CLASS 4A KOKOMO REGIONAL
Carmel (22-3) vs. Carroll (18-6), 10 a.m.
Homestead (24-2) vs. Zionsville (25-1), noon
Championship, 8 p.m.

CLASS 3A COLUMBIA CITY REGIONAL
Heritage Christian (19-6) vs. Norwell (16-9), 10 a.m.
Concordia Lutheran (20-4) vs. Tippecanoe Valley (22-4), noon
Championship, 8 p.m.

CLASS 2A WINAMAC REGIONAL
Delphi (17-8) vs. Hammond Noll (11-13), 10 a.m.
Central Noble (25-2) vs. South Adams (16-9), noon
Championship, 8 p.m.

CLASS A CASTON REGIONAL
Blackhawk Christian (12-12) vs. North White (21-4), 10 a.m.
Michigan City Marquette (19-5) vs. Argos (22-2), noon)
Championship, 8 p.m.

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