Area girls teams gearing up for weekend’s regional tournaments

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A handful of area teams will be competing in this weekend’s slate of regional tournaments.

Arlington Bowie will try to end two-time defending state champion Duncanville’s 102-game win streak. Fort Worth Trimble Tech tries to make its first state tournament. And Kennedale tests its high-powered offense in a regional that features state-ranked Abilene Wylie and Shallowater, and District 7-3A winner Stephenville.

Class 5A Region I Semifinals

at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum

Arlington Bowie (29-2) vs. Duncanville (32-0), 6 p.m. Friday

Arlington Lamar (21-8) vs. Hurst L.D. Bell (28-2), 8 p.m. Friday

Final: 7 p.m. Saturday

After going undefeated in District 3-5A, Arlington Bowie handled Keller Fossil Ridge and El Paso Coronado before getting rid of No. 7 Southlake Carroll, 55-42 on Tuesday. Now the Volunteers get their second shot at undefeated Duncanville, which has won 102 games in a row. Bowie lost to Duncanville, 72-45 on Nov. 19. Since then, the Volunteers have been on a tear, losing only to Pflugerville and beating state-ranked teams in Carroll (twice) and Mansfield Timberview. They also swept Arlington Lamar, which has worked its way into Friday’s game after edging El Paso Franklin and then Arlington Martin. Lamar has a challenge in Bell. The Raiders are playing as good as any team in the area, coming off double-digit wins over Timberview and No. 3 Flower Mound Marcus. Bell beat Lamar 40-25 on Nov. 8 and 44-33 on Nov. 22.

4A Region I semifinals

at The Coliseum, Snyder

Canyon (30-4) vs. Cleburne (27-7), 4 p.m. Friday

El Paso Burges (26-4) vs. Fort Worth Trimble Tech (29-5), 6 p.m. Friday

Final: 2 p.m. Saturday

Like L.D. Bell in the 5A bracket, Cleburne is on a roll, beating Denton Guyer and on Tuesday ending No. 2 Aledo’s bid for a repeat trip to the state tournament. Courtney Jeffcoat led Cleburne on Tuesday with 16 points. Now the Yellow Jackets must knock off another top team in fourth-ranked Canyon, which hasn’t lost since Dec. 20. On the other side of the bracket, Trimble Tech has a chance to reach its first state tournament ever. And it bodes well for the Bulldogs that Aledo is out of the picture. Their only three losses in 4A this year have been to the Bearcats, all of which came by four points or less.

3A Region I semifinals

at United Spirit Arena, Lubbock

Abilene Wylie (28-5) vs. Stephenville (21-12), 7 p.m. Friday

Shallowater (27-5) vs. Kennedale (20-10), 8:30 p.m. Friday

Final: 1 p.m. Saturday

After a slow start, Kennedale has been rolling since District 6-3A play resumed Jan. 3. The Wildcats have won 13 in a row, scoring more than 70 points in nine of those games. Kennedale, seeking a return to the state tournament after last year’s appearance, beat Vernon, Glen Rose and Liberty Hill on its way to Friday’s matchup. Shallowater finished the regular season ranked No. 13 and rolled past Amarillo River Road and Snyder before beating Dalhart, 59-50 on Tuesday.

Ryan Osborne, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @RyanOsborneFWST

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