Four teams are coming to Washington Saturday with a trip to Springfield on the line.
Both a boys and a girls Class 4 state quarterfinal basketball game will be played in Blue Jay Gym.
The girls game will feature the defending state champion Incarnate Word (24-5) against MICDS (24-4) at 1 p.m.
The boys game will follow at 2:45 p.m. between Parkway Central (24-5) and Jennings (26-3).
The state final four will take place at the JQH Arena on the Missouri State campus March 16 and 17.
Incarnate Word and MICDS have not met in two years, but went head-to-head in the state tournament in back-to-back seasons in 2015 and 2016.
The Red Knights defeated MICDS in the state championship game in 2015, but the Lady Rams upended Incarnate Word in the 2016 semifinals.
Incarnate Word has been to the state semifinals six years in a row, including state championship wins in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.
The Red Knights come into Saturday’s game off a 65-44 victory over St. Dominic in the sectional round.
Parkway North has been the only Missouri team to defeat Incarnate Word this season, doing so on Feb. 12. The Red Knights’ other three losses came in out-of-state tournaments.
Incarnate Word has two seniors and two juniors providing most of its offense this season.
Senior guard Sonya Morris averages 13.7 points per game.
Juniors Rickie Woltman (11.8 ppg) and Marissa Warren (11.4 ppg) are the next two biggest threats for the Red Knights.
Senior guard Nakayla Jackson-Morris adds 9.7 ppg.
MICDS brings with it plenty of momentum after thrice coming from behind against Sullivan in Tuesday’s sectional round to win 70-68 in double overtime.
Senior forwards Lindsey Parks and Jordyn Brooks were the heroes of the sectional win for the Lady Rams.
Parks scored 24 points against Sullivan, including a three-pointer to tie the game near the end of regulation.
Brooks was responsible for both the shot that tied the score at the end of the first overtime and the buzzer beater that gave the Lady Rams the win in the second overtime.
Those two and sophomore forward Jessica Brooks have been the leading scorers for MICDS all season.
Jessica Brooks averages 13.9 ppg, Jordyn Brooks 13.3 and Parks 12.3.
Senior guard Kayla Work contributes 9.4 ppg.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Parkway Central is hoping for a return trip to the state semifinals.
The Colts were victorious against Jennings in this same round last season, 66-48, before losing to Bolivar in the semifinals and Kearney in the third-place game.
However, in a head-to-head meeting earlier this year at Jennings, the Warriors came away with a 58-56 win on Feb. 16.
Parkway Central reached this year’s quarterfinals by ending Pacific’s first postseason run in 36 years with a 70-60 sectional win Tuesday at Kirkwood.
Star senior guard Deandre Campbell led the Colts with 33 points against Pacific.
Campbell has averaged 24.2 points per game this season and posted 21 points in the first meeting with Jennings.
Campbell scored 17 points with 10 rebounds and 10 assists in last year’s state quarterfinal against the Warriors.
Seniors Arther Green and Jake Silvestri and sophomore Devion Harris provide the majority of Parkway Central’s scoring outside of Campbell.
Silvestri is the team’s primary outside shooter with 7.9 ppg. Green averages 11.0 points a night and Harris 9.0 ppg.
Jennings has only lost one game since the new year, to Decatur MacArthur (Ill.) on Feb. 2.
The Warriors have racked up 18 wins in their last 19 games.
Offensively, senior guard Kyle Younge Jr is the team’s best weapon at 16.2 ppg.
Younge led all scorers with 23 points the first time these teams met last season.
Other key Jennings players to watch for include junior guard Elijah Hicks (11.9 ppg), and seniors Terran Jackson (9.6 ppg) and Jordan Brown (9.0 ppg).