NCMC Lady Pirates open postseason play Tuesday night

The North Central Missouri College women’s basketball team will host the Wentworth Military Academy Red Dragons in a Region 16 first-round playoff game tonight (Tuesday, February 23rd) at 6 o’clock.

The game will be played at the Ketcham Community Center in Trenton.  North Central was forced into the game after finishing fourth in the five-team Region 16 standings, with a record of 2-6.  NCMC swept the season series with Wentworth, but lost home-and-away games against Penn Valley, St. Louis, and Cottey.

Tonight’s winner advances to the campus of Ozark Christian College in Joplin, and the Region 16 semifinals on Friday afternoon.  The #1 seed St. Louis will take on the NCMC/Wentworth survivor at 1 o’clock, with #2 seed Penn Valley battling #3 seed Cottey at 3 o’clock.  The two semifinal winners meet in the D-2 Region 16 women’s championship game on Saturday night at 6 o’clock.  North Central Missouri College is the two-time defending Region 16 champions.

For the Tuesday night game in Trenton, NO passes will be accepted.  Admission will be $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for students.  All children 12 and under will be admitted for free.

The North Central men will be in the D-2, Region 16 semifinals on Friday night at the Ozark Christian Multi-Purpose Building.  The Pirates, at 8 o’clock on Friday night, will challenge the #2 seed Penn Valley Scouts.  The team split their regular season matches, with each squad winning on the other’s floor.  However, the game at Penn Valley was officially a forfeit in favor of NCMC, after Penn Valley was discovered to have played an ineligible athlete.  The Scouts, in the “on the floor” competition, won the game in Kansas City against the Pirates, 106-103 in overtime on Saturday, January 30th.

The St. Louis Archers have the #1 seed in the men’s tournament, and will take on #4 seed Wentworth on Friday night at 6.  The men’s semifinal winners will play in the D-2, Region 16 championship game on Saturday night at 8 o’clock in Joplin.

Potential radio coverage plans will be announced later in the week by the PAR Broadcast Group Sports Department.