Southwest Conference tournament brackets relesased

Monday, January 15, 2018

The 2018 Southwest Conference basketball tournament brackets were released Monday. McCook will be hosting one first round game.

The Lady Bison are seeded No. 4 on the girls' side and will take on No. 5 Minden next Tuesday, Jan. 23, at McCook Senior High at 6 p.m.

The Lady Bison and Lady Whippets will meet for the second time in just over one week. McCook defeated Minden on Saturday, Jan. 13, with a 42-36 win in Kearney County.

Gothenburg is the top seed in the girls' bracket with a 40.462 wildcard average. The Lady Swedes will take on No. 8 Ainsworth in the first round. Other first round matchups include No. 7 Cozad at No. 2 Ogallala and No. 6 Valentine at No. 3 Broken Bow.

On the boys' side, McCook is seeded No. 6 and will travel to take on No. 3 Ainsworth next Monday, Jan. 22.

According to NSAA archives, Ainsworth has not played a Class B opponent since playing Cozad on Jan. 14, 2012. The Bulldogs are currently 5-7, as of Monday, Jan. 15, at 5:30 p.m.

Cozad is the top seed in the boys' bracket with a 45.231 wildcard average. The Haymakers will host No. 8 Valentine on Tuesday. Other first round matchups include No. 2 Broken Bow hosting No. 7 Gothenburg and No. 4 Minden hosting No. 5 Ogallala.

Defending SWC champions are the Minden girls (65-32 over Cozad in 2017) and the Broken Bow boys (40-38 over Gothenburg).

A complete preview will be available in next Monday's McCook Gazette.

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