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Panthers-Trojans renew rivalry, Washington plays Keokuk

Karsyn Lamm (pictured) and the Mt. Pleasant girls will head to Fairfield on Friday night. (File)
Karsyn Lamm (pictured) and the Mt. Pleasant girls will head to Fairfield on Friday night. (File)

It’s a big weekend for the Southeast Conference basketball races, and the Union area teams are right in the thick of the action. The top of both the girls basketball and boys basketball standings is on the line tonight in a full day of conference play.

Mt. Pleasant will travel to Fairfield for the marquee girls matchup of the night. The Panthers and Trojans are two of four teams in the SEC that currently hold a winning record.

Fairfield is atop the SEC standings with a 2-0 record. Mt. Pleasant is fourth, at 3-2. Both Fort Madison and Keokuk have one loss, meaning Fairfield would likely drop out of the top spot with a loss.

The Trojans will be looking for revenge from a surprising 47-33 Panther win last February. Before that upset, Fairfield had won nine-straight over Mt. Pleasant.

The Trojan and Panther boys will play at Mt. Pleasant, in a rematch of a thriller last year that saw Mt. Pleasant pull out a 49-48 victory to secure the season sweep.

The Mt. Pleasant boys are in fourth in the SEC, with a 2-3 record. Fairfield is at the bottom of the standings, at 0-3.

The Washington boys, currently 4-1 in conference play, will be looking to stay atop the SEC standings when they head to Keokuk for a road game. Keokuk is 1-2 in conference play, but the Chiefs did take second-place Burlington to overtime in their last conference game.

Keokuk has beaten Washington in three of their last five games. Four of those games have been decided by six points or less.

The Washington girls come into Friday night with a 1-4 SEC record, fifth best in the conference. They’ll try to pull the upset when they host Keokuk, which sits at 2-1 in conference play for third place.

Washington will be looking for its first win over Keokuk in girls basketball since 2014. The Chiefs have won the last 12 meetings.

In other SEC action, Fort Madison will play Burlington. The boys’ teams will play in Fort Madison, and the Grayhounds will host the girls meeting.