Magics, Panthers set for playoff games

Jamair Blackmon goes up for a layup against Tallmadge Feb. 14.

Barberton’s boys basketball team will open the postseason tournament with a home game versus Cuyahoga Falls Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Doors will open for fans beginning at 6 p.m.

The team enters the game with a 15-7 record and is the fifth seed while Cuyahoga Falls is just 2-20 and the 12-seed. The winner of the game will move on to the sectional finals and play the winner of the Kenmore-Garfield versus Twinsburg game. If Twinsburg wins they’ll host Barberton Friday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.

“They have a big kid and big kids have given us problems,” said Barberton Head Coach Kyle McBride. “It’s a new season and I’m sure (Falls’ Head) Coach (Todd) Taylor is preaching, ‘Our record doesn’t matter, we have a chance to go to a good shooting gym and shock the world.’ We’re going to go out and take their best punches and hopefully we can execute like we did in the second half and take that next step.”

Norton’s girls basketball team will play Buchtel at Lake High School Wednesday, Feb. 26, at approximately 7:45 p.m. The game will follow the 6 p.m. game between Northwest and Tallmadge. The winner of each game will compete for the district title Saturday, Feb. 29, 7 p.m. at Lake.

The Panthers are 17-6 while Buchtel is 17-5. The Griffins ended Norton’s season last year in the district finals while the Panthers ended Buchtel’s season the year before in the district semifinals. “Our girls have wanted that rematch since the bracket came out,” Norton Head Coach Brian Miller said. “They’re looking forward to it, it will be the third year in a row we’ll play each other in the districts. We’ve played on that court this season and they haven’t, plus we’re playing in game two so there will be some people there to watch. We hope to catch them napping a little bit.” 

Avery Morr (22) and Madison Tatka (30) double-team a Lake guard Feb. 10.