WELLS — The Palestine High School girls' basketball team faces a tough task on Monday as the University Interscholastic League playoffs begin with bi-district games.
The LadyCats play Huntington at 6 p.m. on Monday at Wells High School. The gym is located at 160 Rusk Avenue.
Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students.
Huntington, under the direction of head coach Bo Massey, has an outstanding team with a current record of 29-5 and the Lady Red Devils were District 20-4A champions.
“Huntington is a disciplined team,” said Palestine head coach Jozette Jenkins. “They play sound man-to-man defense. They run a lot of set plays, and they have some good shooters.”
Jenkins said Huntington point guard Shalyn Hadnot and center Jenna Flournoy are the players to watch.
Meanwhile, for Palestine to have a chance on Monday, Jenkins said leading scorer Destiny Mathews must play strong from the onset.
“She's the oil that greases us,” said Jenkins of Mathews, who currently sits at 2,466 points in her career, and was honored in a special ceremony during Tuesday's home game with Rusk.
“We'll need her to jump out early, and to control the tempo,” Jenkins added.
It's still up in the air who Palestine or Huntington would face in the area round because of seeding games on Friday evening. One possibility is Waco Connally.
That's not the only playoff game set for early next week.
Frankston, who finished third in District 20-3A, will play Little River Academy at 6 p.m. on Monday at Leon High School in rural Jewett.
District 20-2A champion Grapeland is scheduled to play Frost, the fourth seed from District 19-2A, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in Fairfield.
Cayuga will square off with Centerville in the Conference 2A-Region III playoffs for the second straight year. The LadyCats and Lady Tigers will play at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Fairfield.
LaPoynor head coach Gary Grahn reported the Lady Flyers, since they finished first in District 28-1A, will receive a first-round bye and won't play until late next week.
Slocum defeated Jewett Leon 45-38 for fourth place in Madisonville, qualifying for the playoffs as the fourth seed in 20-2A.
The Lady Mustangs will play Kerens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Leon. The Slocum boys will play Leon earlier that night (about 5:45 p.m.) in the 20-2A finale for the Mustangs and Cougars.
Neches suffered a 40-30 loss to Chireno in a 28-1A seeding game on Friday, settling for third place in the district.
With the loss, the Lady Tigers will now play Coolidge at 6:30 p.m. on Monday in the sparkling new gymnasium at Athens High School.
Westwood was eliminated from contention on Friday, falling to Crockett 60-53 in the District 20-3A fourth-place game.
Elkhart and Oakwood didn't qualify for the playoffs, eliminated earlier this season.