The 46th edition of the ACAC Girls Basketball Tournament will be a chance to tune up before the girls' sectional playoffs start in early February. Five of the seven teams competing in the tournament, which starts with three quarterfinal games Tuesday, are at .500 or above, and two (Woodlan and Adams Central) have already won 10 games.
Woodlan: The Warriors (10-5, 5-0 ACAC) have just one regular season conference match up left, facing South Adams after the conclusion of the tournament. Woodlan has already beaten defending tournament champion Jay County and Adams Central, the two teams directly behind the Warriors in the conference standings. They're holding opponents to 37.2 points per game, the lowest mark in the conference.
Jay County: The Patriots (9-6, 3-1 ACAC) seem to have righted themselves after a 1-5 start. A 42-40 win over Concordia on Tuesday is the latest sign sign that this Jay County team is headed in the right direction.
Adams Central: The Flying Jets (10-5, 3-2 ACAC) are on a three-game win streak and are averaging 51.1 points, the most of any team in the conference.
Heritage vs. Adams Central: The Patriots (9-6, 1-3), who reached the tournament finals in 2019, will play at Adams Central for a regular-season matchup today, and then the two teams will have four days to adjust before getting another shot at each other in the first round of the tournament on Tuesday.
Jay County vs. Woodlan: The Warriors are undefeated in conference play so far, but the Patriots have come the closest to knocking them off this season, outscoring Woodlan 25-14 in the fourth quarter but ultimately losing 55-51. Can they finish the job in their second try in the quarterfinal round?
South Adams vs. Bluffton: The Tigers (4-11, 0-4) have struggled this season, but they gave the Starfires (7-6, 2-2) a run for their money in their first meeting this season, which South Adams won 44-41. Will this be Bluffton's chance to beat a conference opponent for the first time this season?
4 players to watch
Renna Schweiterman, Jay County: The freshman is averaging 17.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals. The first-year player burst onto the scene with 23 points against Alexandria-Monroe in the season opener and hung a season-high 28 points on Adams Central.
Zoe Barger, Bluffton: The Tigers junior is just behind her teammate Emme Boots in points per game (Barger is averaging 11.5) and pulls down 9.9 rebounds per game, just behind Northrop's Destiny Jackson for best in the area. She already has seven double-doubles this season.
Addie Bayman, Woodlan: The senior is averaging a team-high 11.9 points, although two of her teammates (Gabby Joyce and Dakotah Krohn) are also averaging around 10 points. Bayman scored her 1,000th point against Bluffton in December, but she's a stat-stuffer in every category, averaging 6.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 4.3 steals.
Bree Dossen, Heritage: The senior, who has committed to Indiana Tech, is averaging 15.9 points, a point above her average from last season.