No. 7 Empire boys Record: (2-10), coming off a 2-2 stretch that saw wins against Ninnekah and Ryan. Stength: Interior defense — Empire has been able to force teams into taking a lot of jump shots early on this season. This has fed into its mentality of keeping the game score low. Weakness: Shooting — The Bulldogs are still trying to find their groove shooting the ball. Missed open looks have haunted them in the early part of this season. Player to Watch: junior Evan Whitt — Whitt is beginning to assert himself as an offensive threat. The Bulldogs need that to take some pressure off senior Tanner Ford in the paint. First-round matchup: vs. No. 2 Velma-Alma on Tuesday at 7:40 p.m.