Four girls teams prepare for Area round matchups

The Lamar and Bowie girls head to Midland, while Martin travels to Vernon, and Kennedale journeys to Eastland

Keven Costlow

The Area round of the girls basketball playoffs kicks off Thursday with four local teams travelling west for the second round of the playoffs.

The Martin Lady Warriors will be on stage first, travelling to Vernon for a 6 p.m. Thursday tip-off against Amarillo Tascosa.

The Lady Rebels, 22-9 on the season, defeated El Paso Americas, 62-50, Tuesday night, extending their winning streak to seven games. Tascosa was the co-champion of 2-6A, sharing the title with Wolfforth Frenship.

Martin, the third-place finisher in 4-6A, had to go to overtime to stop Weatherford, 41-38, Monday night in Joshua.

Of the four local teams, the Lamar Lady Vikings (23-9) may have the tallest task ahead of them.

A 48-44 winner over Keller Timber Creek on Tuesday night, Lamar will take on El Paso Franklin at 6:30 Friday night at Midland Lee High School.

Franklin (26-5) stopped Odessa Permian, 63-31, Tuesday night.

The Lady Cougars were the undefeated district champion in District 1-6A and carries an 11-game winning streak. They are led by sophomore Katia Gallegos, who is averaging 16.4 points per game.

The 4-6A champion Bowie Lady Volunteers (30-3), will also be travelling to Midland on Friday, and will take on El Paso Eastwood (23-6) at 6 p.m. Friday night at the Midland Classical Academy.

Bowie raced past Haltom, 71-35, on Tuesday, running its winning streak to 13. Eastwood withstood a late rally to edge Midland Lee, 34-32, in its Bi-District matchup Tuesday night.

The Lady Troopers were the runner-up in District 1-6A, behind Franklin.

The fourth matchup will see the Kennedale Lady Wildcats (32-3) travel to Eastland on Friday for a 7:30 tip-off against Sweetwater (20-12).

Kennedale, which has won 18 consecutive games, pounded Midlothian Heritage, 61-25, Tuesday night.

Sweetwater (17-11) opened the playoffs with a 51-38 win over Graham. The Lady Mustangs finished third in District 5-4A, behind Brownwood and Abilene Wylie.