For a fifth straight season, the Alvord Lady Bulldogs are in the playoffs.
The Lady Bulldogs (19-9) open the postseason at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Weatherford with a Class 2A Region II bi-district game against Maypearl.
“We’re excited and ready for the first game,” said Alvord point guard Lauren Hart.
In all but one of the those playoff years, Alvord advanced past the first round. The past two years, the Lady Bulldogs have advanced to the region final before falling to eventual state champion Brock.
Hart and several of the Alvord players have experience from the past few postseason runs. But Alvord coach Rob Schmucker downplays the significance of that experience going into Tuesday.
“It means a little, but not a lot, because it’s a different team each year,” Schmucker said. “After the first couple of minutes, everyone settles down anyway and it’s a normal game.”
Alvord is playing solid basketball entering the playoffs. The Lady Bulldogs have won six of seven. Their lone loss in the stretch was a five-point setback against defending state champion and the second-ranked Brock Lady Eagles Jan. 24.
“We’re playing very well right now. Hopefully the delays with the ice won’t hurt our momentum,” Schmucker said.
Maypearl, the second seed out of 10-2A, comes into the playoffs at 22-11.
Guard McKenzie Petty leads Maypearl, averaging 17.9 points. Point guard Linzie Lewis is contributing 12.4 points.
“They have two good guards that try to get the ball to the basket,” Schmucker said. “They are going to be a real solid team.”
Defensively, the Lady Bulldogs have been solid. Hart is looking forward to the challenge of matching up with the Maypearl guards and trying to stop them from driving to the basket.
“We had a couple of teams in our district that had guards who tried to do that,” Hart said. “We just need to come together as a team and keep picking each other up.”