Arlington Citizen-Journal

Summit fights for playoff berth

Taylor Jones, right, and the Summit girls basketball team will be trying to claw into the playoffs in their final games.
Taylor Jones, right, and the Summit girls basketball team will be trying to claw into the playoffs in their final games. Star-Telegram Archive

The final spots will likely not be decided until the final night of the regular season games, but some of the jockeying for position continued last week in some pivotal games in District 14-5A play.

Lake Ridge picked up a big win over Summit and Timberview; Summit beat Legacy and Timberview notched a win over Waxahachie.

Now, more big games await this week which will also prove critical in earning a playoff spot or a high seed. With Seguin firmly entrenched in first place, Timberview and Lake Ridge are now tied for second, while Red Oak is a half-game ahead of Summit for the fourth-place spot.

Summit faces Red Oak on Friday, a team which is just ahead of the Lady Jaguars in the standings. Red Oak had posted a 58-56 win over Summit earlier.

Ennis was on the schedule for Tuesday for Summit, a team which they handled easily in their first meeting.

Summit picked up the major win over Legacy, 59-49, and showed the importance of having Nia Jackson on the court. Jackson returned to the lineup for Summit and promptly scored 20 points to lead all scorers, as well as leading the Lady Jags to the win.

The win moved Summit up to 7-7 in district play and within hopes of a playoff spot. In addition to Summit, Red Oak still has Timberview left on their schedule. Tammy Lusinger, head coach at Summit, said the win over Legacy put the Lady Jags back in contention.

“If we can win the two this week, we will have a chance for a play in game, at the least and be in control of our destiny.”

Lusinger did state there’s an outside chance, should everything fall into place, that Summit could tie Lake Ridge for third.

“But that’s a best-case scenario and we just want to get our foot in the (playoff) door,” she said.

With Jackson back in the lineup, best-case scenarios are more possible. In the Legacy game on Friday, Jackson scored 10 points in the first quarter.

“She can guard anyone,” Lusinger said, “so she brings a lot of firepower to our team.”

At Lake Ridge, the Lady Eagles avenged an earlier loss to Timberview and pulled even with the Lady Wolves at 8-5 for a tie for second and eliminated a tiebreaker advantage for Timberview.

“Every win is a big win in this district,” said Lake Ridge head coach Stephani Gray. “You celebrate it that night and get back to work the next day in practice. The kids have done a great job of not getting too high or too low after a win or a loss the next day in practice.”

Now, with Seguin on the schedule this week, the Lady Eagles have a chance to be the first district opponent to knock off the district leaders.

“We’ll approach the Seguin game like we do every game. We’ll go in as prepared as possible,” Gray added.

Soon, teams will start looking toward the playoffs, but for many teams, they can’t look too far ahead.

“We just have to keep taking it one game at a time,” Gray said. “The district race is so tight and has been for most of the season. We’ll just continue to focus on getting better every day and enjoying the journey.”

Legacy has the toughest stretch ahead of them, as they were to play Timberview on Tuesday. To finish out the season, they have Lancaster and then Seguin.

Mansfield picked up their third district win of the season last week with a 54-33 win over Grand Prairie.

Lindsey Wurm added 17 points in the win.

They will have a bye this Friday, but were scheduled to take on DeSoto.