There is a ton of district and region basketball on tap to begin the new year.
Here’s a look at the best boys and girls games to watch during the first full week of 2022. Schedules, of course, are subject to change.
Wayne County (15-3) at Loretto (13-0): It’ll be tough to stop Alabama commitment Karly Weathers and unbeaten Loretto. Wayne County figures to give it a good try.
Lebanon (13-3) at Ravenwood (8-6): Both teams were on a roll until falling to Stewarts Creek before the holiday break.
Page (13-1) at Stewarts Creek (11-4): McKenzie Cochran and Page are off to a strong start after last season’s state tournament berth. Stewarts Creek is 6-1 since a 17-point loss to Page in the first week of December.
MTCS (11-4) at Webb School (10-6): MTCS junior Jailyn Banks (17.4 ppg) had 16 points in a recent win against Green Hill. Don’t be fooled by Webb School’s record; the Lady Feet played a tough early schedule.
CPA (6-3) at Ensworth (6-3): If you haven’t watched Jaloni Cambridge yet, make it a New Year’s resolution. See why the Ensworth sophomore already has dozens of Power 5 offers.
Franklin (9-5) at Hillsboro (11-2): Hillsboro’s Latazia Williamson (11.6 ppg) and Derriona Salter (10.3 ppg) will try to keep the Burros’ hot start going, against a Franklin team that recently went 2-1 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Blowout (Florida).
Northwest (11-8) at Clarksville (8-3): Crosstown basketball cannot be beaten. Ta’Mia Scott and Co. should get a good test at Clarksville.
Best of the rest
Tuesday: Pope Prep (9-4) at Lipscomb Academy (9-5); Harpeth Hall (8-5) at Ensworth (6-3). Friday: Clay County (10-3) at Pickett County (12-3); Northwest (11-8) at Clarksville (8-3); Father Ryan (7-2) at Pope Prep (9-4); Lipscomb Academy (9-5) at Brentwood Academy (11-2). Saturday: Henderson County (KY) (7-1) at Ensworth (6-3).
Green Hill (11-1) at Beech (18-0): Beech is blowing out nearly everyone lately. Can Green Hill halt the trend?
Lebanon (15-2) at Ravenwood (10-5): Lebanon 6-7 junior Jarred Hall is worth the price of admission. Add in Ravenwood’s cast, led by point guard DJ Starr, and you’ve got a good matchup.
CPA (10-3) at Ensworth (11-2): Jake Dykstra (13.7 ppg) is off to a good start for CPA. The Lions have their hands full with Vanderbilt signee Malik Dia and the Tigers.
Clay County (8-4) at Pickett County (12-3): Between Clay County’s Grant Strong and Pickett County’s Zach Amonett, there will be plenty of Mr. Basketball vibes.
Cane Ridge (8-6) at Green Hill (11-1): Alabama signee Brandon Miller (Cane Ridge) and the Ravens have been traveling around against a tough schedule. Speaking of which: Green Hill will be coming off a game against unbeaten Beech.
Lipscomb Academy (11-2) at Brentwood Academy (12-0): Without Lipscomb Academy’s single-digit losses to Ravenwood and Goodpasture, this might be a battle of unbeatens. The Mustangs still must face Pope Prep (9-4) on Tuesday.
Maplewood (5-6) at Hunters Lane (11-4): This was postponed from Tuesday to a date yet to be determined. It was a chance for Maplewood to gain momentum. For Hunters Lane, at some point keep an eye on Tre Rutherford, who scored 33 points against Rockvale earlier this season.
Best of the rest
Tuesday: Franklin (13-4) at Summit (7-7); Columbia Academy (10-4) at Franklin Road Academy (9-3); Nolensville (8-6) at Brentwood (8-3); Independence (13-3) at Fairview (10-3); Friendship Christian (10-4) at Goodpasture (11-2); MBA (4-4) at Ensworth (11-2); Pope Prep (10-4) at Lipscomb Academy (11-2). Friday: White County (9-4) at Cookeville (9-8); Father Ryan (8-2) at Pope Prep (10-4); Independence (13-3) at Summit (7-7); Nolensville (8-6) at Ravenwood (10-5); Hillwood (10-7) at Maplewood (5-6).