With the first round of the playoff slated to begin Feb. 17, we now enter the final week of the regular season on the girls side.
By the end of the week, Big Country Preps will be gathering pairing information and monitoring area tie-breakers, of which there will be several.
In the meantime, let’s have a quick look at what’s on tap:
Top Upcoming Matchups: Tuesday offers Albany at Haskell as the Maidens play what might be their final game in the “Tee Pee.” Coahoma at Colorado City is a game with playoff implications and so is an interesting matchup between Hamilton and Coleman. If CHS wins that game, the Bluekatts will force a tie for the fourth seed and subsequently, a tiebreaker to decide it.
Friday will feature a host of playoff warmup games and tiebreakers, many of which are still TBA, pending Tuesday night’s results.
Last Week’s Top Results: Friday saw the Brownwood Lady Lions gain a measure of revenge by defeating archrival Stephenville, 50-38 at BHS. The win atoned for a 50-41 loss to the Honey Bees in a Jan. 21 game that saw Brownwood leading by six at the half, only to let it slip away.
Also, while Coleman at Early may have been off the radar screen for most area fans, it did carry some significance at CHS. The 53-43 win over the Lady ‘Horns set up the aforementioned showdown between Coleman and Hamilton.
Also last week, Cisco completed a season sweep of archrival Eastland with a 38-31 win at home on Tuesday. The Lady Loboes overcame a 10-2 deficit with a 15-5 run through the second quarter and an 11-6 edge in the third. Cisco enters this week at 12-0 in District 6-3A. Eastland is 10-2.
Surprise of the Week: The fact that Coahoma knocked off Anson on Friday didn’t stun me, but the 18-point margin of victory did.
Anson, if you’ll recall, had beaten Coahoma 37-31 at AHS on Jan. 14, so a tighter game was expected with the venue switch. But Friday’s 62-44 romp was far from expected and gives CHS (17-8, 5-6) a leg up on Anson (14-9, 4-7) for the fourth and final playoff seed with one game left.