Panama City, FL----It is, to say the least a big week ahead for area teams, both girl's and boys.
The ladies are into the first week of state playoff play. In fact 14 area teams are looking ahead to first round playoff games. For those in the bigger classes, that means region quarterfinal action Thursday night.
The Lady Rams of Rutherford among the area teams hosting their games this week.
Thanks to 21 points from Marsheba Addison, more than half of teams points, the Lady Rams beating Rival Bay in the final Saturday night, to claim the 5A-1 title.
That has them hosting Suwanee Thursday, Bay travels to Rickards that same night.
Choctaw. and Walton also hosting first round games Thursday, while Fort Walton and Marianna play on the road. 8 area 1A teams will start playoff action Tuesday, one less state tourney round in that class.
The schedule of first round playoff games is as follows:
Thursday/February 7th 6A Region Quarterfinals, Fort Walton Beach at Pine Forest, Pensacola at Choctaw. 5A Region Quarterfinals, Suwanee at Rutherford, Bay at Rickards. 4A Region Quarterfinals, Godby at Walton, Marianna at Florida. Tuesday February 12th 1A Region Quarterfinals Holmes at Paxton, Malone at Chipley, Port St. Joe at Ponce de Leon, Cottondale South Walton.
Meanwhile area boys teams are gearing up for district tourney play, Mosley, Arnold, Catholic, Central, Jay Cottondale and South Walton hosting those area tournaments.