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Three area high school basketball teams are in first place in their districts after winning games Tuesday.
The Blackwell boys are 4-0 in District 14-A, Divis-ion II after a 54-40 victory over Bronte.
The Hornets were led by Matthew Lowryâ€™s 20 points while improving to 9-3 for the season. Blackwell steadily built its advantage throughout the game, leading 5-2, 20-14 and 35-28 at the quarter breaks. Mason Magness added 11 points for the Hornets, who are tied with Water Valley for the lead in District 14-A. The teams will meet on Friday in Water Valley in a first-place showdown.
Meanwhile, Highland and Roscoeâ€™s girls remained in a tie for the lead in 13-A, Div-ision II at 2-0 after winning their games on Tuesday.
Highland (16-2 overall) which came in ranked No. 2 in Class 1A, Division II, defeated Ira 68-39 while Roscoe (10-9 overall) beat Westbrook 27-19. Highland and Roscoe lead Ira and Hermleigh (1-1) by a game in the early 13-A, Division II standings, and will meet at Highland next Tuesday.
Defending district champion Highland started slowly and trailed Ira by a point, 16-15, after the first quarter before dominating the final three periods of play. The Lady Hornets were paced by Sierra Allenâ€™s 22 points while Sydny Helbert had 19 and Beth Richburg 11.
Roscoe was involved in a defensive struggle but still led 6-2, 14-10 and 17-16 at the breaks before winning the fourth period 10-3 to claim a more comfortable win. The Plowgirls were led by Eva Aguayoâ€™s 14 points.
Roscoe, which also got five points from Sam Orte-ga, hosts Ira in a key game on Friday. Highland, mean-while, is assured of remaining unbeaten in 13-A, Divi-sion II because Fridayâ€™s opponent, Loraine, has for-feited its season and is playing only a JV schedule.
As a result, Highland will host the Abilene Hawks, a home school team, at 5 p.m. Friday in non-district. Highlandâ€™s JV girls will be hosting Loraineâ€™s JV girls at 8 p.m. Friday.