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Girls Basketball Games to Watch: A Fight For the Playoffs in 12-5A + Sorting the Mess in 16-4A

Nacogdoches at Lindale
Nacogdoches’s Ki’Audra Hayter get a push from Lindale’s Heather Gilbert after pulling down a rebound during their game Jan. 15 in Lindale. (Christopher Vinn,

One game separates Longview and Tyler Lee in battle for the fourth and final playoff spot from District 12-5A.

Needless to say, Tuesday’s battle between the Lady Lobos (16-11, 4-5) and Lady Raiders (13-17, 3-6) in Tyler is a big one.

Longview won the first meeting between the two, 60-57 back on Jan. 5.

Meanwhile, all three games in District 16-4A Tuesday are crucial in sorting out the playoff scenario with three games to go.

No. 18 Lindale (22-5, 6-1), which suffered its first district loss last Friday to John Tyler, looks to rebound at home against Jacksonville (16-14, 3-4). The Maidens got a big win over Whitehouse on Friday, pushing them to sole possession of fourth place.

Nacogdoches (20-10, 5-2), a big winner over Corsicana on Friday, is lurking behind district-leading Lindale and travels to John Tyler. Meanwhile, Whitehouse (12-11, 2-5) has a chance to get back in the playoff chase with a win at last-place Corsicana (15-15, 1-6).

There is currently a three-way tie for the third and final playoff from 16-3A, and Spring Hill (13-16, 5-4) can take a big step toward staking a postseason claim when it hosts second-place Chapel Hill (18-9, 6-3). Spring Hill won the first meeting, 54-50.

Other girls basketball games Tuesday involving ranked teams …


Class 3A

  • No. 13 Pittsburg at Paris North Lamar
  • Pleasant Grove at No. 16 Liberty-Eylau
  • No. 22 Mineola at Canton


Class 2A

  • No. 6 Crockett at Garrison
  • No. 20 Tatum at Waskom
  • Quitman at No. 21 Winnsboro
  • No. 22 Alba-Golden at Commerce


Class A Division I

  • No. 1 Martin’s Mill at LaPoynor
  • Timpson at No. 2 Martinsville (Monday)
  • No. 8 Slocum at Normangee
  • No. 13 Zavalla at San Augustine


Class A Division II

  • Bloomburg at No. 1 Saltillo
  • No. 14 Kennard at No. 15 Chireno


Private Schools

  • Dallas Parish Episcopal at No. 2 Tyler T.K. Gorman

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