The Sweetwater and Big Spring girls basketball teams are fit to be tied for the second straight year.
Once again, they will have to meet for a third time to remedy the problem.
Sweetwater and Big Spring, who both finished 4-6 in District 4-3A play after the regular season wrapped up on Tuesday, will meet at 8 p.m. Friday in Colorado City for a district tiebreaker to decide the No. 4 (fourth place) and final playoff berth.
Sweetwater will be considered the home team for Friday's game. In 2013 — when only three teams from each 3A district advanced to the postseason — a third-place tiebreaker was held between the same two teams at San Angelo Lake View and the Lady Mustangs won a thriller, 44-43, to end an eight-year playoff drought.
If Sweetwater (9-14 overall) wins again Friday, it will advance to the bi-district playoffs for the second year in a row and play Fabens at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Pecos.
Sweetwater and Big Spring split their two earlier district games, with both winning at home.
Sweetwater prevailed by four, 44-40, back on Jan. 3 in the teams' district opener. However, Big Spring romped to a 54-21 win in the rematch. Both teams were tied with Snyder for third place entering Tuesday's final regular season games, but Sweetwater and Big Spring both lost while Snyder (5-5) defeated Monahans 58-31 to earn the No. 3 playoff berth behind district champion Wylie (10-0) and second-place Midland Greenwood (7-3).
Meanwhile, two Nolan County girls basketball teams from District 13-1A, Division II — Highland and Roscoe — have already qualified for the posteason as have the Highland boys, while Roscoe's boys need only to win one of their last two games to earn a playoff spot.
Roscoe's girls (7-3 in district), who won a coin flip for the No. 2 seed after tying with Ira for second place, will play Paint Rock at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Robert Lee in bi-district. District champion Highland (10-0) — which is currently ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 1A, D-II — earned a first-round bye and must wait to see who it will face in the area playoffs that begin either next Thursday or Friday.
The Highland boys (6-2) clinched a playoff spot out of District 13-1A, Division II with a 75-31 victory over Hermleigh on Tuesday and lead third-place Roscoe (5-3) by one game with two remaining. Roscoe kept pace by winning its game over Loraine 56-52. More information on both games can be found on Page 7 of today's paper.