The five teams who have already clinched a playoff birth are the Denver City Fillies, Seagraves Lady Eagles, Ropes Lady Eagles, Wellman-Union Lady Cats and the Tahoka Bulldogs

Although the Brownfield Lady Cubs will not be advancing to the playoffs, we still want to give them a shout-out for a good season. Last year the Lady Cubs did not win one district game and only won four games throughout the whole season. Tuesday night the Lady Cubs fell to the #8 Shallowater Fillies and came within nine points of them, but tonights focus is Abernathy. The last time they played was on January 8th and it was the second district game without one of their key players. The Lady Cubs were 3-1 in district going into the Christmas break and the Caprock Tourney. They suffered six straight losses when district resumed on January 4th. Tonights game the Lady Cubs have an opportunity to show that they can compete and even though the Lady Lopes have clinched a playoff spot, Brownfield will come alive.

Sometimes controversy can center around sports. Tuesday nights match-up between the #18 Brownfield Cubs and the #9 Shallowater Mustangs was one match-up that some feel was taken from the Cubs. With a 72-70 loss to Shally and how it happened would leave a bad taste anyone’s mouth. However, with the Cubs 10 for 25 free throws sealed the deal and now they must regroup and clinch a playoff birth by defeating Abernathy. The first time both played each other it was at Abernathy and the Cubs came home with a win 65-52. The Cubs could’ve already clinched a playoff spot but was upset earlier by Denver City. However, tonight the Cubs will play hard and fierce and will be added to the playoff roster.

Well, its looking good for the #16 Denver City Fillies. They have placed themselves in the postseason and will most likely take on Canadian or Bushland in the first round, but that does not mean that they can slack. They still have two games left in district against Slaton and Littlefield. Tonight they tipoff against Slaton for their last home game of the season and the previous meeting between these two, the Fillies got away with an 11 point win. The Lady Tigers have nothing to lose tonight and can trip up the #16 Fillies. However, with Hemmeline and company that won’t happen.

The Denver City Mustangs still have a chance to get in the playoffs, of course, their path is much easier than Littlefield’s. The Stangs have Slaton tonight then Littlefield, Roosevelt and then Brownfield. Whereas Littlefield has Shallowater, Denver City, Abernathy, and Roosevelt. If DC goes 3-1 in the next four and Littlefield goes 1-3 then they will be tied for the fourth place spot. The question really is, how bad do the Mustangs want it? It is very possible for them to win all four games a become a major thorn in the side of Brownfield. So, I digress, and now the last time both DC and Slaton took on each other the Tigers won 49-36 at Slaton. This time the game is at the DAG and there might be a little bit of revenge from the Stangs. Just remember last season when most folks felt that Brownfield did not stand a chance at getting a postseason birth and they did with a very similar scenario as DC.

The Plains Cowgirls are looking ok in district and hope to seal a playoff spot with a win over Sundown tonight. However, after the last time, they took on each other, Sundown comes out with a 25 point victory 61-36. The Cowgirls are going to have to play some great defense and not turn the ball over in order to stay in the game. Look for Sundown to win again.

The Cowboys of Plains will also take on the top team in District 5-2A tonight. Sundown thus far is undefeated in district play and will look to stay that way, but, the Cowboys will try to make an upset run at it tonight. Of course, their last meeting Plains took a 23 point loss at Sundown, so there will be needed improvements for the Cowboys in order to upset the Roughnecks. Coach Welch should have them back to winning tonight.

The Seagraves Lady Eagles have become a dark horse in 2A-Region I. Although they lost the second time to Sundown they are still tied for first in district. Tonight the Lady Eagles fly over to Smyer to get another win, but it’s the time of the season that upsets can happen and when they met up earlier in district Seagraves put a 19 point win on Smyer 41-22. The Lady Eagles just need to focus on tonight and not get ahead of themselves.

The Eagles of Seagraves are kindof in the same boat as Plains. A win tonight will help toward their playoff chances. Seagraves is 1-3 in district and Smyer is 0-5. Seagraves won last time 55-44, but Smyer desperately needs and wants a win. This will not be easy over in bobcat country.

Being #2 in state has its advantages and disadvantages. Just ask the #2 Ropes Lady Eagles. They have not lost a game since the Fibermax Caprock Classic Tournament Championship Game when they fell to the #8 Shallowater Fillies, 47-32, who are two classifications higher than Ropes. Tonight the Lady Eagles host O’Donnell who only lost to Ropes by 11 points, 57-46, and this is where things could go south for Ropes. The lady eagles tonight can clinch the district Title tonight with a win, but O’Donnell is going to come out tonight with a, “I have nothing to lose” attitude and try to upset the #2 Lady Eagles. Can it be done? Yes, but not tonight.

Oh if you could take a game back and replace it with a “W” then the Ropes Eagles would do that when they lost at O’Donnell 40-31 on the 15th of January. Tonight’s game between these two teams will most likely determine the District Champ, and the way O’Donnell has been playing basketball as of late, they just might become the District Champs. Anyway, whoever wins clinches a playoff birth no matter what. The game is at Ropes and is one of the hardest places to play, so with that thought, Ropes will take it tonight.

The Wellman-Union Lady Cats have already punched their ticket into the postseason line-up, especially after their big win over O’Donnell last Friday night when Sr. Michaela Horton busted a 3-pointer to take the lead 46-43 with four seconds left in the game. Now if the Ropes Lady Eagles beat O’Donnell tonight and the Lady Cats beat Loop tonight and a loss to Ropes on Tuesday then WU and O’Donnell will play a seeding game on Saturday, Feb. 9th at 7:00 PM, place to be determined. The Lady Cats just need to focus on a Loop team that likes to be scrappy and WU needs to come out with a win with no injuries.

The Wildcats of Wellman-Union has seen their fair share of disappointments this season. Tonight they will continue their quest for a playoff birth and the last time both these teams played the Wildcats got off to a slow start but won handily 55-22. Tonight should be no different and will most likely make the second game between the Meadow Broncos and the Wildcats determine who gets the third and final seed to the playoffs.