Three area girls basketball teams at Granbury, Lipan and North Central Texas Academy find themselves in this week’s state rankings by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches and Texas Girls coaches Association.
And area boys and girls teams share some districts with some of the state’s best squads.
The Granbury Lady Pirates returned to the 4A state rankings by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches at No. 20.
The Lady Pirates share District 7-4A with two of the state’s top-25 squads. Aledo is ranked No. 15 by the TABC and 16th by the Texas Girls Coaches Association, while Trimble Tech is No. 21 in the TABC and 12th in the TGCA.
Granbury defeated Trimble Tech 51-49 Friday and was hosting Aledo last night at press time. They travel to Fort Worth to face Trimble Tech at Billingsley Field House on Jan. 28 and visit Aledo Feb. 1.
All three teams are heavy favorites to reach the playoffs out of the otherwise weak district. Still, Lady Pirate coach Leta Andrews said the battle among those three should be interesting.
“Both of those teams are very good,” she said. “I’m glad we have games with them right before the playoffs start because the toughness of those games can only help us.”
The Lady Pirates entered the season ranked among the state’s top 15 teams before getting off to a slow start. They have since rebounded to win nine of 10 entering last night and stood 14-10 overall and 5-0 in 7-4A.
In District 10-2A, in which Tolar plays, the Lady Rattlers share that league with perennial power Godley. The Ladycats are ranked 21st by the TABC and already own a win over Tolar at home. The teams will meet again in Tolar on Jan. 24.
The Lady Rattlers are seeking a return to the playoffs after narrowly missing out last year. They lost to Boyd in a playoff for the district’s third and final postseason spot.
In Class A Division II, the Lipan Lady Indians are ranked second in the state by the TABC and third by the TGCA. To win District 17-A, however, they will have to get past Strawn (No. 7 TABC and No. 10 TGCA). The teams tangle Tuesday in Strawn and Feb. 1 in Lipan.
The Lady Indians began the season as the state’s top-ranked team and are seeking a third consecutive trip to state.
Among the teams sharing 7-4A with the Granbury Pirates, only Trimble Tech (25th by the TABC) is ranked, while none of the teams sharing 10-2A with the Tolar Rattlers are ranked.
The Lipan Indians will likely have a battle on their hands if they are to repeat as district champions. The Indians’ district is also the home of Huckabay, ranked sixth in the state in Class A Division II. They are also Lipan’s chief rival, ironically also nicknamed Indians.
Lipan, which was ranked in the state’s top 10 itself earlier this season before a struggling start, could also get a challenge from Lingleville. They were among the state’s top teams and also state-ranked earlier in the season.
The NCTA Lady Pioneers are ranked 15th by the TABC. No other teams from their district, TAPPS 2-A, are ranked from either the boys or girls.
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