ON TAP TODAY: SAYRE GIRLS HOST ATHENS IN NTL SHOWDOWN SEMIFINALS (2018-02-15)
Valley Sports Report THE VALLEY — The NTL Small School champion Sayre Lady Redskins will play host to the Large School runner-up Athens Lady Wildcats Thursday night in the opening round of the NTL Showdown.
The winner plays the winner of the Wellsboro-Northeast Bradford game Saturday night at Mansfield University.
GIRLS BASKETBALL NTL Showdown — Semifinals Athens (15-7) at Sayre (17-5), 7 p.m.: The Lady Wildcats are coming off a 68-23 win over North Penn-Liberty Tuesday, while the Lady Redskins have been off since Thursday’s 55-10 win over Troy.
The Valley rivals split a pair of regular-season games. Sayre won at Athens, 40-34, on Dec. 18, but the Lady Wildcats returned the favor with a 32-29 win at Sayre Jan. 27.
Both teams have qualified for the upcoming District 4 playoffs.
Athens is in a three-way for the fourth seed in the Class AAAA playoffs, and could get a home game if it wins the tiebreaker.
Sayre will be the top seed in the Class AA bracket, and could face the winner of an NEB-Mansfield match-up in the semifinals.