The first month of the new year is nearly over. That means the high school basket-ball playoffs are getting close, and over the next few weeks the postseason berths in each of the stateâ€™s districts will be decided.
While Sweetwaterâ€™s teams are off tonight, the other six Nolan County varsity squads will see action and three of them are still very much in the playoff hunt. In District 9-A, Division I, Roscoeâ€™s teams have a doubleheader at Haskell while in District 11-A, Division II, Highlandâ€™s teams host Loraine and in District 12-A, Division II, Blackwellâ€™s teams will host Paint Rock.
The Roscoe boys (3-2) can tie for second place in District 9-A, Division I by defeating Haskell, which is 4-1. Stamford is the district leader at 5-0. Haskell won the teamsâ€™ first meeting, 37-36, at Roscoe. The Roscoe girls (1-5) must beat Haskell (2-4) to keep their slim postseason hopes alive.
In District 11-A, Division II, the Highland girls (7-2) â€” seeking a 10th straight playoff berth â€” can take a giant step to that goal by beating Loraine (6-2). A win would give the second-place Lady Hornets a 1 1/2-game lead over Loraine and at least a two-game lead over Ira (5-4) with two games left, and Highland would own the tiebreaker since it had defeated both teams in district play.
If the Highland boys (2-5) defeat Loraine (3-4) today and Hermleigh and Trent both lose their contests, the Hornets will create a tie for third with Hermleigh and Loraine in District 11-A, Division II.