The high school postseason is just around the corner, but the roads for the southeast district tournament were paved Sunday afternoon during the 2016 OHSAA Southeast District girls basketball tournament selection meeting.
Six area schools — Gallia Academy, Meigs, River Valley, Southern, South Gallia and Eastern — now know where their opening games will be and who they will be facing in their respective sectional matchups.
Only two of the six local teams need just one win to advance to the district tournament, while three more squads are searching for at least two victories to get out of their respective sectionals.
Starting in Division IV, Eastern (13-5) came away with the OVP area’s highest overall seed. The Lady Eagles enter the postseason as a No. 2 seed and will play in a sectional final at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Meigs High School against the winner of the Ironton St. Joe-Miller contest.
Southern (12-5) earned the four seed and will face fifth-seeded Symmes Valley (10-8) in a sectional final at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at Meigs High School.
South Gallia (3-14) earned the nine seed and takes on eighth-seeded Federal Hocking (5-14) in a sectional semifinal at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at Meigs High School. The winner advances to the MHS sectional final on Thursday, Feb. 11, to face top-seeded Waterford (15-1) at 6:15 p.m.
River Valley (8-9) is the lone Division III entrant from the OVP area and the Lady Raiders came away with the seven seed in the Athens sectional. RVHS will face 10th-seeded Wellston (1-17) in a sectional semifinal at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Athens High School.
The winner advances to the AHS sectional final at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, and takes on second-seeded Southeastern (14-2).
Meigs (8-10) earned the six seed in Division II at Logan High School and will face third-seeded Vinton County (13-4) in a sectional semifinal at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. The winner advances to the sectional final at 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, and will face the winner of the Sheridan-Marietta contest.
Gallia Academy (2-15) is the only local program that has to win three times to reach the districts, and that journey starts as a nine seed in D-2. The Blue Angels face eighth-seeded Athens (3-12) at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at Logan High School.
The winner of that contest advances to face top-seeded Warren (13-6) in a sectional semifinal at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10.
Complete pairings for the 2016 OHSAA Southeast District girls basketball tournament are available on the web at seodab.org
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.