With teams in District 15-4A making their second loop through the girls basketball schedule, the week will prove pivotal to potential playoff teams including Legacy and Lake Ridge.
Three teams – Legacy, Lancaster and Lake Ridge – all sported 3-4 district marks heading into this week’s games. The next two weeks will help settle any tiebreaker, as Legacy owns a win over Lake Ridge, Lake Ridge over Lancaster and Lancaster over Legacy.
So, how important are the next round of match-ups among the contenders for one of four playoff spots in the district?
Currently leading the pack is Arlington Seguin at 7-0, followed by Summit, 6-1, and then Red Oak, 5-2.
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Legacy was set to play at Summit on Tuesday, with the result unavailable at press time, but it can be found at dfwvarsity.com.
Friday, the Lady Broncos will host Lake Ridge and the equation may grow more simplified or complex, depending on which camp you follow.
Next Tuesday, an additional factor will play out when Legacy travels to Lancaster.
The first game between the Lady Broncos and Lady Eagles was a 49-35 Legacy win back on Dec. 13. Bethany Ross and Jonell Jackson both scored in double figures for Legacy, while Kylie Collins was the only Lake Ridge player in double figures.
Lake Ridge got off to a slow start in the game, going into the second quarter with a 13-point deficit which set the tone for the rest of the contest.
Legacy has been playing well of late, and put up a fight against Seguin in a 43-37 loss last Friday.
A slow first quarter of their own spelled their fate, as Legacy was outscored in the opening period, 12-4. Steady play the rest of the game couldn’t make up the difference for the Lady Broncos. Eight players got in on the scoring, but it was Jackson that put in 12 points to lead Legacy.
Lake Ridge is on its own short streak, picking up two wins after a loss to Summit. The most recent win over Lancaster, a 46-41 struggle, saw Kennedy Burks step up with 14 points and Janaya Hines with 10. The game was tied going into the fourth quarter before the Lady Eagles proved the difference down the stretch.
Lake Ridge, in addition to having the game with Legacy on Friday, wasn’t dealt any favors by playing Seguin on Tuesday, with the opportunity for an upset.
Summit, looking strong with their only loss to Seguin, can do Legacy a favor outside of their game with the Lady Broncos. The Lady Jaguars will play at Lancaster on Friday.
Summit picked up wins over Red Oak and Ennis last week, and gave the full roster plenty of playing time in a 71-36 romp over Ennis. Stylz Sanders continues to lead the Lady Jaguars, as she picked up 16 in the Ennis win. Amber Dixon picked up 10 points while Khadeja Kelly and Destiny Strange each tossed in nine points.
Timberview sits in a similar 6-1 position in District 7-5A, trailing undefeated Duncanville. After hosting Midlothian on Tuesday, it will be the Lady Wolves’ opportunity to tag the Pantherettes with their only loss and draw into a tie atop the district standings.
Terriell Bradley and Dayo Olabode continue to be a formidable tandem for the Lady Wolves.
Mansfield, 2-5 heading into Tuesday’s game with Cedar Hill (3-4), will host DeSoto (4-3) on Friday.