Dora boys and Elida girls await challengers

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer

If the district regular season was any indication, this week’s boys and girls District 3-1A tournament could offer some intriguing matchups.

“You better be ready to play (in the district tournament) or it’ll be over,” Elida boys head coach Darrell Chenault said.

As the district top seeds, the Elida Lady Tigers and the Dora Coyotes have the luxury of hosting the district championship games Friday and Saturday night respectively.

Competition begins Monday night in the girls bracket with second-seeded Fort Sumner hosting the fifth-seeded Floyd Lady Broncos, while third-seeded Melrose plays host to fourth-seeded Dora.

The second round of the girls tournament pits the winners against each other in the district semifinals Wednesday night, with the surviving team traveling to Elida to play the top-seeded Lady Tigers Friday night for the district championship.

The Lady Tigers’ only district loss came early in the season at Fort Sumner, as the Vixens won 37-26. Elida avenged that loss, beating Fort Sumner at home 52-41.

“You can’t rule out anybody in this district, we’re all pretty evenly matched,” Elida girls coach Dan Howard said. “But we get all we want from Fort Sumner.”

The boys begin their brackets Tuesday night with second-seeded Elida hosting fifth-seeded Melrose, while third-seeded Fort Sumner welcomes fourth-seeded Floyd.

The boys district semifinal will be played on Thursday night, before the championship game Saturday evening at top-seeded Dora.

“We’ve all seen each other so we all know what to expect,” Dora head coach Ty Thatcher said.

The boys top two seeds, Elida and Dora split their two regular season games, and according to Thatcher, the games were classics.

“Both times we played Elida were quality basketball games and were a lot of fun,” Thatcher said. “We had good attendance at both of those games and the kids enjoyed playing in front of a good crowd. That would be a good matchup.”