Written by Corbett Smith
Basketball notebook: Girls teams gear up for playoffs, boys seasons down to the wire
The girls basketball regular season ended Tuesday, but a slew of teams are still waiting to find out their playoff assignments.
The final playoff spots will go to the winners of this weekend’s play-in games, used to break a fourth-place tie.
Rockwall-Heath (12-13) will attempt to end a three-year playoff drought against Longview at 6 p.m. Friday at Wills Points High School.
Both teams went 5-7 in a competitive District 12-5A, which saw Rockwall and Mesquite Horn share a district title with 11-1 records. Heath has been to the postseason twice since the school opened in 2005 but has never won a playoff game.
Little Elm and Frisco Heritage finished tied for fourth place with 7-7 records in District 9-4A. Both of their regular season meetings were decided by five points or less. They’ll play at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Frisco Lone Star.
Also on tap Friday will be a play-in game between Mesquite Poteet and North Forney. They finished in a fourth-place tie with 7-7 records out of District 10-4A. Neither team reached the postseason last year. They’ll play at 7 p.m. at Royse City.
Down to the wire:
For most boys teams, only two games remain in the regular season, with the UIL playoffs starting Feb. 17. Here are the most compelling playoff races heading into the final week.
No playoff seeds have been determined here. Arlington Bowie (11-1) and Arlington Martin (11-1) have been slugging it out for the district’s top seed. They meet in the season finale, Feb. 11, with Bowie having won the first meeting, 55-53. There’s a great three-way battle for the final two playoff spots, between Fort Worth Paschal (7-5), North Crowley (6-6) and Arlington Lamar (6-6). North Crowley has a 15-year playoff streak under Tommy Brakel, but they were swept by Lamar. Paschal’s final two games come against the other two.
Duncanville (8-4) currently is holding steady in third in the district. But the Panthers have a tough closing stretch: hosting South Grand Prairie and traveling to a disappointing-but-talented Mansfield Timberview. Cedar Hill and Grand Prairie are both in fourth at 6-6. Considering the difficulty of its remaining games (playing DeSoto on Friday) and that Cedar Hill swept them in the season series, Grand Prairie is going to need help.
Other districts of note:
In 9-5A, Skyline, Richardson and Jesuit are all tied for second place, behind Richardson Berkner. The key is to avoid the fourth seed, with a talented Plano West likely looming in bi-district.
A 4A Region II finalist a year ago, Arlington Seguin is fighting for the third-place berth out of District 15-4A with Mansfield Lake Ridge. The two meet up at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Seguin.