GILMER -- The Lady Buckeyes clinched the District 15-4A district championship and a top seed in the Class 4A playoffs Tuesday with a 25-21, 25-10, 25-21 win against Bullard.

The Lady Panthers, who have only dropped district games to Gilmer, would have tied for the district lead if they had won the contest. That would have forced a true district championship game next week.

Bullard (7-2 in district play) had already clinched second place within the league before Tuesday's pivotal match. None of the district's other four teams can finish better than third.

Gilmer (9-0 in district competition) will go for an undefeated district finish Friday at Spring Hill. Bullard simultaneously closes its regular season at home against Kilgore.


Troup Clinches Playoff Berth

TROUP -- The Lady Tigers reached the postseason thanks to their 25-16, 25-16, 25-19 victory over Harmony in District 15-3A play.

Troup will finish behind Arp in the district standings, but it will get a shot against the top team Friday on the road.

Natalie Davenport led the winning side with 30 assists and also chipped in six points on four kills and two aced serves.

Katrina Noyola scored a team-best 11 points in the three-set match.

While Troup faces Arp, Harmony moves on to face Cumberland Academy.

Carthage Closes In On Unbeaten District Record

HENDERSON -- Carthage remained unbeaten in District 16-4A by making quick work of Henderson, 25-19, 25-7, 25-13.

Alli Capps led the way with 17 kills and Faith Landreaux also hit double digits in the match with eight kills and three blocks.

Carson Robinson recorded 38 assists.

Henderson will face Center on Friday. Carthage will be off until Tuesday and closes its regular season against Center.


Beckville Rallies To Beat New Diana

DIANA -- Beckville claimed at least half of the District 16-3A championship with a five-set win Tuesday at New Diana.

The Ladycats won 14-25, 20-25, 25-24, 25-23, 15-7 and remained two games ahead of White Oak with two games remaining on their regular season schedule.

Riley Seegers led Beckville in scoring with 18 points and Kinley Pepper recorded 45 assists. Kinley Blair and Payton Jones also hit double-digit scoring totals in the match.

Beckville will clinch the district championship if it defeats Elysian Fields on Saturday or if White Oak loses its next game. If neither thing happens, the Ladycats can clinch the district title with a victory next Tuesday against Ore City.

New Diana will next face Ore City, a Thursday match, due to Ore City's Yamboree holiday on Friday.


Quitman Sweeps Eustace

QUITMAN -- Quitman beat Eustace in three sets, but it wasn't easy.

Quitman won the match, 27-25, 25-22, 25-18, and advanced to 8-2 in District 12-3A.

Kaci Raley and Molly Tanner tied for the Quitman lead in scoring with 13 points each. Raley had 10 kills, two aces and one block to Tanner's 12 kills and one ace.

Cammie Hicks recorded a team-best 26 assists in the sweep.

Quitman will face Mineola on Friday. Eustace also will be in action at home against Scurry-Rosser.


Carlisle Beats Overton

OVERTON -- Carlisle defeated Overton by a score of 25-18, 25-20, 25-15 and moved to 10-1 in District 20-2A play.

Haley Jordan led the team with 16 kills and four blocks. Cheyenne Vannier put up 26 assists in the match.

Carlisle will be at home Friday to take on San Augustine while Overton travels to Leverett's Chapel.


Alba-Golden Rolls Kemp

ALBA -- Alba-Golden held firmly to third place in District 12-3A and gained a game against Eustace in fourth place with its 25-15, 25-8, 25-13 win over Kemp.

Gracie Pendergrass led Alba-Golden with 14 points in the match on 11 kills and three aced serves. Rheagan Wilcoxson and Briana Weissert reached double-digit scoring as well.

Alba-Golden will travel Friday to Grand Saline.

Gary Sweeps Timpson

TIMPSON -- Leann Youngblood's 16 points and 15 digs helped Gary to a three-set sweep of Timpson, 25-19, 25-17, 25-14.

Youngblood scored by way of 12 kills and four aces. Kristina Bell followed with 14 kills in the match.

Gary will travel to Shelbyville on Friday for its second-to-last District 20-2A match.