Mansfield Sports

Timberview looks to avoid three-way tie, Lake Ridge makes playoffs

Timberview’s girls basketball team was hanging on to second place in District 14-5A and a win in its final regular-season game will keep it that way.

Timberview, 10-5, is in second place with just Red Oak to play in their early-week game. The results were unavailable at the press deadline, but can be found at dfwvarsity.com.

A number of elements would have to jolt the Lady Wolves into a three-way tie with Lake Ridge and Red Oak, but stranger things have been known to happen. Such as Waxahachie knocking Seguin off the undefeated pedestal.

Lake Ridge, tied for third at 9-6 with Red Oak, was to take on Waxahachie.

The Lady Indians have been the only team able to pin a district loss on champion Seguin. They had also posted a 10-point win over the Lady Eagles in their first meeting, so nothing is a given.

Red Oak is lurking behind Lake Ridge in fourth place.

In the first matchup between Timberview and Red Oak, the Lady Hawks tagged Timberview with a 40-38 loss. Timberview had given up a seven-point lead in the final quarter.

Would that make Tuesday’s game any bigger than it already was?

“It’s a big game for us to be able to solidify our spot and not have to deal with a bigger situation,” said Timberview head coach Kit Martin.

A three-way tie, according to Martin’s initial perusing of the rule book, would entail a coin flip for the odd-man-out getting a bye to then play the winner of the play-in opportunity game on Friday and Saturday.

“I’d prefer not to be tied,” she said of the simplicity of taking care of business. “No one wants to be fourth and be on the bottom side of the bracket. I don’t want to leave our fate to a coin flip.”

Red Oak is now bolstered with an additional transfer player who the Lady Wolves have yet to face, which could prove to be an added challenge.

Regardless of position, Timberview and Lake Ridge will be entering the Bi-District round of the playoffs either Monday or Tuesday next week. The opponent will be the teams from the Dallas ISD District 15-5A, including Molina, South Oak Cliff, Spruce and Samuell.

South Oak Cliff is leading the district with Molina just behind, but all else is a cluster.

Last week, Timberview took care of Legacy and Ennis.

For Lake Ridge, they knocked off Lancaster last week prior to having to face a scorned Seguin team following their only district loss.

The Lady Eagles held an early and slim lead and stayed close the rest of the way.

Kenney Burks scored 15 points for Lake Ridge with Kylie Collins adding 10.

Summit, which finished at 8-8, falls just short of the playoffs after losing a close 61-59 game to Red Oak.

Legacy was to finish its season by hosting Seguin on Tuesday.

Mansfield, 3-8, was to close out its season on Tuesday at South Grand Prairie.

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