Scouting the Region VI semifinals

COFFEYVILLE’S MONTEL JAMES

Everything goes down beginning tomorrow at Hartman Arena — two women’s semifinals followed by two men’s semifinals.

Here’s a look at the teams, but first …

My picks

I filled out brackets for the Region VI Tournament. I went 4 for 4 in the women’s semifinals and 3 for 4 in the men’s semifinals. The only team I didn’t pick to make it in? The Barton men.

And yes, I got a “3 out of 4 ain’t bad!!!” e-mail from Barton coach Craig Fletchall on Wednesday morning.

Women

No. 3 Hutch (31-1) vs. Butler (26-6), 1:30 p.m. – The Blue Dragons are the defending Region VI champions and lost in the NJCAA championship game last season. Butler has never won a Region VI title. Hutchinson’s sophomores have more wins — 67 — than any other two-year run in school history. Last titles: Hutchinson (2012), Butler (n/a).

No. 12 Garden City (29-3) vs. Cowley (28-4), 3:3o p.m. -- The Broncbusters are responsible for Hutchinson’s only loss this season – 64-62 on Feb. 6 at Garden City. Garden City sophomore forward Tamara Jones leads the Jayhawk in scoring (20.5 points) and is second in rebounding (10.2 rebounds). Montia Johnson leads Cowley in scoring at 12.2 points per game. Last titles: Garden City (2003), Cowley (1989).

Men

Seward County (25-7) vs. No. 24 Barton (26-6), 5:30 p.m. – Barton sophomore Algie Key does a little bit of everything, leading his team with 17.7 points, 1.8 steals and 4.1 assists per game. The Saints are the defending Region VI champions. Kaheem Ransom leads Seward at 16.6 points. Last titles: Seward (2012), Barton (2001).

No. 9 Hutchinson (29-3) vs. No. 2 Coffeyville (31-1), 7:30 p.m. – It’s tough to draw an attention away from the madness that is is the Kansas state high school basketball championships. This game does it. Coffeyville has a pair of surefire Division I players in 6-7 freshman forward Montel James (17.6 points, 8.8 rebounds) and 6-3 freshman guard Earl Peterson (12.5 points). Last titles: Hutchinson (1997), Coffeyville (2011).

I’ll be covering all four games tomorrow from Park City – will post updates here and on Twitter.

TA