DIVISION 4 BOYS
No. 11 Arcata (26-5) at No. 3 Modesto Christian (23-8), 7:30 p.m. — Arcata's team is towering team, with five players 6-foot-5 or taller. The Crusaders play run-and-gun, thriving in an open-court game. ... Arcata has 6-10 center Max Schmidt, more a defensive player than a scorer, and 6-6 guards Jordan Semple (18 ppg) and Tom Witzel. The front line has burly 6-5 forwards Noah Wheeler and Ryan DeHart. ... Four of the five losses came to teams that were too quick for Arcata. MC guards Isaiah Burse, Derek Evans and Raymond Bowles are eager to get out and run, and the Crusaders will use their 10-man rotation to tire the Tigers. ... MC's frontcourt — 6-6 Brandon Baker, 6-5 Hayden Lee, 6-4 Anthony Pratt and 6-3 forwards Alden Wampler and Ryan Riner — must secure rebounds before looking downcourt. Orland took advantage of Arcata's eagerness in Tuesday's NorCal opener, grabbing 18 offensive rebounds.
DIVISION 4 GIRLS
No. 7 Justin-Siena (28-4) at No. 2 Modesto Christian (27-4), 6 p.m. — Each team lost a top player to a torn ACL (Justin lost a guard, MC a forward), putting a burden on Justin's 5-7 Janelle Travis (19.5 ppg) and MC's Brandi Henton (20.8 ppg). ... Justin's 5-11 duo of Hailey Breakwell (10.1 ppg) and Chelsea Lazzari (11.3) are going to battle 5-11 Taryn Garza (13.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg) and 6-1 Danielle Thompson (17.3 ppg, 8 rpg) inside. ... The key could be the bench: MC's Marinna McKeever provides some punch with penetration and occasional treys, and Vanessa Cagle had some key plays in the section playoffs after missing much of the season due to injuries and illness.