BoysWestfield vs. Henrico
When: 8:45 p.m. Friday at Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax
Scouting report: Henrico (27-2, Central Region runner-up) is led by a trio of 14 point-per-game scorers in Timmy Jones, Jay Allen and Evan Thorpe. Jones is a perimeter scorer and leads Henrico in 3-point attempts and conversions. The team is blessed with depth and quickness that pushed Central champion Petersburg in the regional final.
Westfield’s advantage: When Zach Elcano can control the post, few teams have been able create any inside presence against the Bulldogs. His size might force a team to live and die by 3-pointers. Westfield will need scoring from Quentin Basil and C.J. Hill to keep up with Henrico — if the Warriors get hot from beyond the arc.
Edison vs. Petersburg
When: 8:45 p.m. Friday, Virginia Commonwealth University Siegel Center, 1111 W. Broad St., Richmond
Scouting report: Edison has its work cut out for it as the Crimson Wave (27-1, Central Region champion) comes into the tournament riding a 14-game winning streak. Petersburg’s main stars are guards Frank Mason and Marcus Hoosier, who have overpowered Central teams throughout the season.
Edison’s advantage: The Eagles’ top scorers — Tyrone Mackall and Matt Murphy — might not have the same fan-fare as Mason and Hoosier, but both were brilliant in the Northern Region playoffs. Mackall (17 points against Westfield) and Murphy (team-leading 14.3 ppg) need to be at their best to compete with Petersburg.
GirlsOakton vs. Monacan
When: 7 p.m. Friday, Robinson Secondary School
Scouting report: Monacan’s Gabby Harris leads the Chiefs with 14.8 ppg, and Raven Williams accounts for 14ppg. But Monacan (24-5, Central Region runner-up) isn’t in the same class as teams such as Oakton and Central champion Highland Springs. In the Central championship, Highland Springs won 73-46.
Oakton’s advantage: Harris and Williams are great pairing, but not at the level of the Coyer twins. Caroline and Katherine are in their final high school season, are true Division 1 talents, and are on a mission to bring home a state title.
West Springfield vs. Highland Springs
When: 7 p.m. Friday, Virginia Commonwealth University Siegel Center
Scouting report: West Springfield may have their hands full with Highland Springs (28-1, Central Region champion), which aims to capture school’s first-ever girls’ basketball title. The Springers are a team on the smaller side, but they rely on athleticism and play an aggressive trap defense.
West Springfield’s advantage: Experience could be a factor in this game. The last time the Springers played for a Central Region girls’ title was in 1981; the school opened 1907. April Robinson, Logan Battle and Jordan Miller are in the state tournament for the third year in a row, and reached the state semifinals last year. Experience like that shouldn’t be underestimated.