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Playoff picture takes shape: Four Wise County schools prep for postseason

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, February 2, 2019
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The Race is On

THE RACE IS ON – Decatur’s Grace Lowery and Bridgeport’s Emily Vidal sprint for a loose ball during a game earlier this season. The Lady Eagles and Sissies are battling for second and third place in District 8-4A with two games remaining in the regular season.

The regular season for girls basketball comes to an end Tuesday and the playoff picture is beginning to take shape.

As of Friday, four Wise County schools (Decatur, Bridgeport, Alvord and Slidell) had clinched a playoff berth. Paradise, Boyd and Chico have been eliminated from postseason contention.

In District 8-4A, Decatur and Bridgeport squared off Friday in a pivotal game to decide second and third place. The Lady Eagles are currently 4-2 in the league and in sole possesion of second place. The Sissies are 4-3 and in third. Bridgeport lost to Decatur earlier this season.

If the Lady Eagles beat Bridgeport Friday, they would clinch the second seed in 8-4A. If the Sissies win and Decatur loses its regular season finale Tuesday to Argyle, Bridgeport would finish second. If the Lady Eagles lose to Bridgeport and beat Argyle, Bridgeport and Decatur would tie for second with 5-3 league records.

In District 11-2A, Alvord is 2-3 and and in third place. The Lady Bulldogs hosted Poolville Friday. The Lady Monarchs are 2-2 in District 11-2A and lost to Alvord earlier this season.

If the Lady Bulldogs beat Poolville Friday, they would lock up third place. A loss would create a tiebreaker scenario depending on the outcome of Tuesday’s games.

In District 22-A, the Slidell Lady Hounds and Bellevue Lady Eagles are tied atop the league standings with 9-1 records. The two schools split the season series with each other.

Slidell coach Lance Shelton confirmed Slidell and Bellevue will play at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at Bridgeport High School in a one-game playoff for first place.

The girls basketball playoffs begin Feb. 11-12 with the bi-district round.

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