AUSTINTOWN - West Branch knows how tough it is to get out of the district tournament.
The Warriors, district runners-up the past three seasons, claimed the second seed Sunday for the Austintown Fitch Division II sectional-district girls basket
This season, West Branch will not run up against Canfield, which beat the Warriors in the district final the past two years by five total points.
Canfield has moved to the Alliance Division I tournament, but unbeaten Lakeview enters the Austintown Fitch Division I tournament.
Top-seeded Lakeview, led by record-setting senior Alli Pavlik, is 17-1 on the season and will host Salem at 7 p.m. Feb. 15. Lakeview suffered its first loss, 55-54, to unbeaten Pymatuning Valley on Saturday.
West Branch (16-3) will host Niles at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 its sectional opener.
The sectional finals will be held at home sites of the highest seeds with the district tournament played at Austintown Fitch High School.
SEEDS: 1. Lakeview, 2. West Branch, 3. Struthers, 4. Ravenna, 5. Ravenna Southeast, 6. Mogadore Field, 7. Streetsboro, 8. Poland, 9. Crestwood, 10. Salem, 11. Niles, 12. Hubbard.
Saturday, February 15
Salem at Lakeview, 7 p.m.
Crestwood at Struthers, 7 p.m.
Mogadore Field at Ravenna, 7 p.m.
Monday, February 17
Niles at West Branch, 7 p.m.
Thursday, February 20
(At higher seed)
Hubbard vs. Salem-Lakeview winner, 7 p.m.
Streetsboro vs. Crestwood-Struthers winner, 7 p.m.
Ravenna Southeast vs. Mogadore Field-Ravenna winner, 7 p.m.
Poland vs. Niles-West Branch winner, 7 p.m.
(At Austintown Fitch)
Monday, February 24
Hubbard-Salem-Lakeview winner vs. Streetsboro-Crestwood-Struthers winner, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, February 25
Ravenna Southeast-Mogadore Field-Ravenna winner vs. Poland-Niles-West Branch winner, 7 p.m.
Friday, February 28
District championship, 7 p.m. (Winner advances to regional).