Local Teams Set To Be Contenders In Hoops Rankings

South Grand Prairie basketball fans have plenty to be excited about as their girls team is picked as one of the best in the state and should challenge for the District 8-6A title, as should the boys team. Photo courtesy of Grand Prairie ISD.

2020 Basketball Season Looks Promising, If COVID Stays Away

The basketball postseason is annually a very busy time for area high school teams.

Based on this season’s playoff picks by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, teams and fans need to start clearing their calendars for late February and early March. The TABC is projecting the teams from the Focus Daily News coverage area will once again be major players in the state hoops playoffs.

In all, 28 area squads are expected to be in the postseason when it rolls around in a few months. This includes 15 boys teams and 13 girls teams.

A number of these teams are favorites to win their respective leagues. Among the boys this includes Mansfield Timberview in District 8-5A, Lancaster in 12-5A, Red Oak in 14-5A and Duncanville in 11-6A.

Boys & Girls Basketball Teams Look Strong

Among the girls, the list of district favorites entering the season includes Midlothian Heritage in 11-4A, Timberview in 8-5A, Lancaster in 12-5A, Red Oak in 14-5A and, of course, defending state champion Duncanville in 11-6A.

Last season the Duncanville Pantherettes captured the Class 6A state championship, their 11th state title in school history. They have made 26 appearances at state.

The Duncanville boys, meanwhile, were heavy favorites to successfully defend their 2019 state championship when COVID-19 forced a cancellation of the state tournament. Lancaster’s boys were also denied a chance at another title, as were the Timberview boys, as both also reached the state tournament

District 8-6A features an odd scenario among the girls. South Grand Prairie is ranked fifth in the state, while Arlington Martin is No. 7. Yet, the TABC is projecting Martin to win the district ahead of SGP.

“Competing in a new district will be a new challenge, and we expect to compete for a district title. Competing in a new region will be a new experience,” SGP coach Brion Raven said. “We play Duncanville and Desoto in our non district schedule, but for the next two years we will not have to battle them in order to get to state – but our Region is still loaded with talented teams.”

Projected Teams To Reach Playoffs

Both Grand Prairie boys teams are predicted to reach the playoffs from 8-6A. South Grand Prairie is picked second and Grand Prairie is fourth.

All four playoff teams from 11-6A – boys and girls – are projected to be FDN coverage schools. Joining Duncanville among the boys is expected to be – in their respective playoff order – Waxahachie, DeSoto and Cedar Hill. Joining Duncanville among the girls, according to the prognosticators, will be DeSoto, Cedar Hill and Mansfield.

Three area teams are projected for postseason from 8-5A for boys and girls, all Mansfield schools. Joining Timberview in both playoffs would be Legacy and Summit.

Midlothian Heritage is picked second in 11-4A boys, with Waxahachie Life third. Wilmer-Hutchins is picked third in 12-4A boys and girls.

In 14-5A boys and girls, Midlothian is projected second behind Red Oak.

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