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The District 9AAA Tournament was slated to start on February 16 with the boys’ play-in game between Hendersonville and Portland, but due to the ice and snow storm Middle Tennessee experienced over the President Day Holiday, the play-in game has moved back to Sunday, February 21.

The Commandos will host the Panthers while on the boys side, the Wilson Central Wildcats will host Mt. Juliet in the girls play-in game.

The winners of the play-in games will advance to the quarterfinal round where the boys winner will take on Beech and the girls winner will take on Lebanon.

As for when the rest of the tournament matchups play out, the tournament quarterfinal will begin on Monday, Feb. 22 and run through Wednesday, Feb. 24.

All games will be played at the higher seed.

Girls Matchups:

Lebanon versus Mt. Juliet/Wilson Central

at Lebanon

Gallatin versus Portland at Gallatin

Beech versus Hendersonville at Beech

Green Hill versus Station Camp at Green Hill

Station Camp at Green Hill

Hendersonville at Beech

Portland at Gallatin

Wilson Central vs. Mt. Juliet

Mt. Juliet at Wilson Central

Predictions

Lebanon will beat Mt. Juliet or Wilson Central in the opening round and likely face Green Hill in the second round, but Green Hill versus Station Camp will not be an easy win for either team. I pick Green Hill in this matchup simply because teams have struggled to shoot at Green Hill this season, other than the Lady Hawks.

On the bottom side of the bracket, I expect Gallatin and Beech to advance to the semifinal round with the Lady Wave taking down the Lady Bucs to advance to the championship game.

I expect Lebanon to beat either Green Hill or Station Camp and set up a championship match with the Lady Wave.

Lebanon has Gallatin’s number this season, and I don’t expect that to change in the tournament. Lebanon wins the District 9AAA Tournament for the second year in-a-row while Beech takes down Green Hill in the consolation round.

Who moves on?

Lebanon, Gallatin, Beech, Green Hill

Boys Matchups

Beech versus Hendersonville/Portland at Beech

Green Hill versus Mt. Juliet at Green Hill

Station Camp versus Gallatin at Station Camp

Lebanon versus Wilson Central at Lebanon

Wilson Central at Lebanon

Gallatin at Station Camp

Mt. Juliet at Green Hill

Hendersonville vs. Portland

Portland at Hendersonville

Predictions

Beech will defeat either Hendersonville or Portland in the opening round and likely face Lebanon in the second round, but the Devils and Wilson Central Wildcats (First Round) matchup should bring out the best in both teams.

I expect Station Camp and Green Hill to meet in the semifinal round, and with the tournament game being played at Green Hill, I like the Hawks’ chance to advance to the championship round.

Beech will indeed have a tough matchup with whoever comes out of the Wilson Central/Lebanon game, but I expect it to be the Blue Devils, and that will not be an easy matchup for Beech.

The Blue Devils are riding a 9-game win streak, but being at Shackle Island, I like the Bucs to advance to the championship.

I believe Beech vs. Green Hill will decided the tournament champion, and it believe it is the Bucs’ year to hang a District 9AAA Tournament Championship banner for the first time since 2010.

I believe Station Camp takes down Wilson Central in the consolation game.

Who moves on?

Beech, Green Hill, Station Camp, Wilson Central