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OVAC Girls Tournament
January 29, 2013 - Seth Staskey
The Wheeling Hospital OVAC Girls Basketball Championship could be one of the most competitive in the five-year history of the event. It appears on the forefront that all five classes are wide open. There's not one truly dominant team in any of the classes and you can make a case for every team as to why it's believed that it will win the title.
That's exactly why the system in place was needed. When you have a bunch of teams that are basically equal, why not play it out on the court and see who the best is? It's a great opportunity for the players to get preparation for the upcoming state tournaments as well. Playing with your back to the wall in a must-win scenario builds character. Few prep conferences in the country offer such an opportunity to its members.
The boys brackets will be set on Feb. 6, but we don't see those as being quite as wide-open as the girls. The boys' teams have some who have sincerely separated themselves from the pack during the course of the season. Having said that, sometimes when you're expected to win, it's not always that easy to win. The bulls eye on your back grows and nerves start to creep into the picture a little more than they do for the underdogs.
I guess the best advice we can give is settle in for an exciting couple of weeks of prep basketball in the Ohio Valley. What we've learned is to expect the unexpected!
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