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SEC Friday matchups
Mt. Pleasant, Washington, Fairfield all looking for victories
The Southeast Conference (SEC) is back at it this Friday with yet another round of enticing matchups.
With just over three weeks to go in the season, the conference races are coming down the wire once again.
To kick things off, the Mt. Pleasant boys (12-3, 6-1) will look to hold onto their conference lead with a victory over Keokuk (5-9, 1-6).
The Panthers have been red-hot, winners of seven straight games. Most recently the Panther got a hard fought victory over Mid-Prairie on the road, 66-59.
A win for the Panthers would keep them in firm position a front of the pack. In the two’s first meeting, Mt. Pleasant dominated, 55-27.
As for Washington (7-6, 5-2), the Demons will take on Burlington (12-4, 5-2) with a chance to take sole position of second in the SEC.
The last time the two squads faced off, Washington took care of business, downing the Grayhounds 59-44.
Washington comes into the showdown off a win over Ottumwa, 68-49.
It’s one of the biggest matchup of the evening.
Fairfield (6-7, 3-4) does not play on Friday night, but the Trojans do play host to Fort Madison (5-8, 1-6) on Thursday night.
By the release of this article that game will have been completed.
A win for the Trojans pushes their run to catch the top three, but they will need some help down the stretch with losses from those above.
On the girls’ side of things, second seeded Mt. Pleasant (9-8, 5-2) will head down to Keokuk to face the Chiefs (11-5, 6-1).
A win for Mt. Pleasant would vault them into a tie for first with Keokuk.
The prior game between the two ended with the Panthers on top 51-46.
Mt. Pleasant comes in off a loss to Mid-Prairie, 61-51. Keokuk are winners of six straight.
Washington (6-9, 3-5) will head over to Burlington (3-9, 2-5).
The Demons are looking to make a run back into the top three. With a win, they can begin that quest.
As of late, the Demons have been in a bit of a slump, as they’ve dropped six straight.
In the two’s first contest, Washington took the win, 47-41.
Fairfield (2-12, 2-6) will head down to Fort Madison to square of with the Bloodhounds (10-6, 4-2).
Coming in to the Friday matchup, Fairfield has dropped four straight. The Trojans will look to end that streak against the Bloodhounds.
The two’s last bout ended with a Fort Madison victory, 67-17.