By TONY STINNETT, Courier Sports Editor
Both Cannon County basketball teams have put themselves in position to win regular-season titles with consistent play through the first 80 percent of the district slate.
Whether they complete the task will depend greatly on how they perform in the final two weeks of the regular season.
The No. 3-ranked Lionettes (24-2, 9-1) have a two-game lead with four games remaining; however, they still play at Smith County Tuesday (Jan. 28) and close out the regular season at Livingston Academy (Jan. 30).
The Lionettes can assure at least a share of the regular-season title with wins against Smith County and York this week.
If the No. 8-ranked Lions (22-4, 9-1) are to capture the regular-season championship and top seed in the District 8-AA Tournament they certainly will have earned it.
The boys championship clearly will be decided in the final two weeks. The Lions have a one-game lead over Livingston Academy in the loss column and they are two games up on York and Upperman in the loss column.
After facing Smith County Tuesday the Lions close the regular season against, in order, York, Upperman and Livingston Academy.
It easily could come down to a winner-take-all showdown when the Lions travel to Livingston Academy to close the regular season.
CCHS will honor senior basketball players, managers, cheerleaders and band members during Senior Night when the teams play host to York. Ceremonies will take place between games.
Although Cannon County has one remaining home game against Upperman officials opted to recognize Senior Night on Friday.
The five Lionettes senior basketball players being recognized are Macy Clements, Rebekah Faulkner, Abbey Sissom, Madison Walkup and Taylor Warren.
The Lions will honor seniors Cory Henley, Tanner Larson, Tommy Mitchell and Dalton Ryan.