Basketball: Playoff picture comes into focus – Slidell teams clinch titles, Northwest on verge

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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Tuesday was the final day of the regular season for girls basketball. The regular season for boys basketball will end next Tuesday, Feb. 13.

While some Wise County teams have already been eliminated from playoff contention, several have either clinched playoff berths or are still fighting for their playoff lives.

As of press time Tuesday, the Paradise Panthers and Bridgeport Bulls were both unable to get into the postseason. Bridgeport and Paradise are both in last place in their respective districts, while the Bulls have yet to win a game in district play.

The Boyd Yellowjackets entered Tuesday’s bout with Holliday still in the hunt, but would need a lot of help. Boyd must win its remaining three games against Holliday, Bowie and Nocona plus get losses from City View and Jacksboro.

On the girls side, the Chico Lady Dragons, Boyd Lady Jackets and Decatur Lady Eagles have all been eliminated from playoff contention. Boyd currently sits at 7-21 and 3-10 in District 8-3A. Decatur is 1-8 in District 9-4A.

The Slidell boys clinched the District 21-A title last Friday with a win over Prairie Valley, earning the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye. The Greyhounds are undefeated in district play.

The Northwest Texans also sport an unblemished record in district play, cruising through District 6-5A. Northwest can lock up at least a share of the district title with a win Tuesday night against Azle. The Texans look to be on a collision course for a rematch with Sherman in the bi-district round of the playoffs.

After Friday’s win over Bridgeport, the Decatur Eagles moved to 4-3 in District 9-4A and have a firm grip on third place. Decatur could potentially tie for second if they beat Krum Friday and the Bobcats lose to Argyle. The Eagles’ first-round playoff draw will be a team from District 10-4A, likely Dallas ISD’s Lincoln or Carter.

In 2A, neither Alvord or Chico have clinched playoff berths. The Bulldogs control their own destiny and currently sit in third place. The Dragons picked up a huge upset win Friday against second-place Poolville, but are not a lock for the No. 4 seed.

The Paradise Lady Panthers have punched their ticket to the playoffs, but it remains to be seen where they will finish. Paradise could be the No. 3 or 4 seed out of District 8-3A depending on the result from Tuesday’s game. If the Lady Panthers beat Jacksboro, Paradise will play in a tiebreaker with Nocona on Friday for third place. If they lose to Jacksboro, Paradise will finish fourth.

A third-place finish means the Lady Panthers would likely draw Peaster in the bi-district round. A fourth place finish would set Paradise up for a first-round rematch with Brock.

The Alvord Lady Bulldogs have clinched a playoff berth and could finish tied for second with a win against Era on Tuesday. A loss would secure a third-place finish for Alvord in District 11-2A.

Finally, the Slidell Lady Hounds captured the District 21-A title, and with a win Tuesday over Forestburg, will finish district play undefeated. Slidell gets a first-round playoff bye.

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