Francis Howell North Knights vs. Hazelwood Central Hawks
What: Class 5 District 6 semifinal
When, where: 4 p.m. Tuesday at Howell Central
Records: Howell North 16-8; Hazelwood Central 18-7
Up next: District championship at 5:30 p.m. Friday
On Howell North: The Knights enter postseason play with a two-game losing streak with losses to Troy and Fort Zumwalt West. … Howell North had a season-high six-game winning streak in January. … Sophomore Isabelle Delarue leads the offense, averaging 14.9 points per game. … Howell North is averaging 51.4 points per game while giving up 46.
On Hazelwood Central: The Hawks have never lost to Howell North with 11 consecutive wins since 2004. … Central has lost two of three since winning a season-high eight straight. … Sophomore point guard Nariyah Simmons puts up a team-best 16.1 points per game for an offense that averages 55.6 points per game.
Cardinal Ritter Lions vs. Whitfield Warriors
What: Class 3 sectional
When: 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at Webster Groves
Records: Cardinal Ritter 19-3; Whitfield 17-10
Up next: Quarterfinal at 2:45 p.m. Saturday at Normandy High
On Ritter: The Lions have won 10 in a row, dating back to a 70-51 loss to Strafford on Jan. 21. … Amongst those wins was a 51-34 win over Metro to win a district title. … Senior forward DeAnna Wilson is averaging 14 points a game for the Lions, who are outscoring their opponents by 17 points.
On Whitfield: Ritter beat Whitfield 47-44 at home on Jan. 8. … The Warriors have won eight of their last nine games, losing only to Incarnate Word during that stretch. … The Warriors beat Principia 67-28 to win a district title with help from Jade Moore (13.7 points per game) and Tajah Foster-Walker (13.6), who lead the team in scoring.
Hermann Bearcats vs. Lutheran North Crusaders
What: Class 3 sectional
When: 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at Howell Central
Records: Hermann 24-4; Lutheran North 23-6
Up next: Quarterfinal at 2:45 p.m. Saturday at Normandy High.
On Hermann: The Bearcats are coming off a 72-68 overtime win over Lutheran St. Charles to claim a district title, their eighth successive victory. … Junior Quincy Erickson is averaging 15.2 points per game for Hermann, which took a share of the Four Rivers Conference title. The Bearcats are averaging 62.6 points per game while giving up 44.6.
On Lutheran North: The Crusaders have won nine in a row, including a 52-42 win over McCluer South-Berkeley to capture their third consecutive district title. … Senior forward Kaylynn Hayden leads Lutheran North in scoring, shooting at a clip of 15.9 points per game. … North's season ended in the quarterfinals last season with a loss to Clark County.
Nerinx Hall Markers vs. Webster Groves Statesmen
What: Class 5 District 5 championship game
When: 6 p.m. March 1 at Webster Groves
Records: Nerinx Hall 14-13; Webster Groves 15-12
Up next: Class 5 sectional at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 at St. Charles West High
On Nerinx Hall: The Markers enter their third meeting against Webster coming off a 45-33 victory against the Statesmen on Jan. 22. … Nerinx has won three consecutive games. … Mackenzie Duff leads the team in scoring with 14.7 points per game. … The Markers are averaging 51.3 points per game while giving up 46.8.
On Webster Groves: Webster has won three in a row and seven of eight. … Webster beat Nerinx Hall 45-34 on Dec. 26 at the Visitation Tournament. … Freshman post player Eliza Maupin leads the team in scoring with 10.9 points per game.
Parkway North Vikings vs. Westminster Wildcats
What: Class 4 District 5 championship
When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Ladue High
Records: Parkway North 21-6; Wesminster 19-7
Up next: Class 4 sectional at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at Parkway West High
On Parkway North: The Vikings have alternated wins and losses in each of their last seven games. … North won at Westminster 49-43 on Jan. 18. … Senior guard Je'Naiya Davis leads the team in scoring with 29.2 points per game. … North last made an appearance in the state tournament in 2016-17 when it reached the state quarterfinals.
On Westminster: The Wildcats have split with the Vikings in their last four meetings , with North winning the last two. … The Wildcats have won seven of eight with their only loss coming against Kirkwood during that stretch. … Senior guard Kiley McKee, who scored her 1,000th point earlier this season, is averaging 11.8 points per game.