The Hickman and Rock Bridge boys basketball teams are not afraid of Jefferson City.
The Kewpies and the Bruins have a chance to meet the top-seeded Jays in the District 10 tournament that starts today in Jefferson City.
Rock Bridge, seeded No. 4, enters the tournament after a 38-36 win against Helias, the third seed, on Friday night.
The Bruins (17-8) must beat Camdenton tonight to advance to the second round against Jefferson City. Rock Bridge has beaten the Lakers twice this season.
“Camdenton will be ready,” coach Jim Scanlon said. “We beat them in overtime before. We have to be much better if we want to get to Wednesday.”
The Bruins lack postseason experience. Rock Bridge has only three seniors on its roster and relies on its tenacious defense.
“I just want to keep winning,” Scanlon said. “I just want to win the first one so we can get to the next one.”
Hickman, which plays its first game on Wednesday, will be playing for the first time since its Feb. 14 win against University City.
The Kewpies (12-13) have the No. 2 seed in the district and a bye into the second round where they will play either Helias or Smith-Cotton.
“We’ve had quite a bit of time off, so we’ve been able to work on some things we haven’t been able to work on before,” coach Jim Sutherland said.
Hickman defeated Helias 46-42 in their only meeting this year and has not played Smith-Cotton.
Sutherland said he does not think the time off will hurt his team and that they should be playing at their highest level of the season.
Hickman’s chances depend on its ability to shoot well from 3-point range. The Kewpies had a difficult regular season schedule that should leave them well prepared for the district tournament.
“The district is up for grabs,” Sutherland said. “I think it’s a team that goes in with some momentum and aggressiveness.”
The Kewpies would not face Jefferson City (20-3) until the district championship game on Friday, but Sutherland said he thinks his team can upset the Jays.
“I don’t think there’s anyone in the district that is unbeatable,” Sutherland said. “(The Jays) have a very good record and have had a good year.”
Jefferson City beat the Kewpies twice this season, including a 58-47 win on Feb. 13.
Helias coach Jerry Buescher said he thinks any team in the district has a chance of winning the tournament.
“I wish we didn’t have to be in this district,” Buescher said. “But they put us here, so we’ll do the best we can.”