By DAVID CLAYBOURN
Rains’ Lady Wildcats will open the basketball playoffs tonight against Longview Spring Hill.
The Lady Wildcats, led by 6-6 senior Klara Bradshaw, won the District 14-3A title to earn a bye in the first round of the playoffs. They automatically advanced to the area round, where they’ll face Longview Spring Hill at 7 p.m. in Lindale.
Spring Hill, which was third in District 16-3A behind Bullard and Gilmer, won its bi-district game over Mabank, 58-50.
The Rains-Spring Hill winner advances to the regional quarterfinals to face the winner between Bullard and Pittsburg. Pittsburg won its bi-district game over Quinlan Ford, 49-23.
Bradshaw, who has signed with Texas Christian University, has been produced several triple-doubles while leading the Wildcats this season in points, rebounds and blocked shots.
No. 25 state-ranked Celeste, which won its Class A Division I bi-district girls playoff game 42-22 over Maud, will take on Dallas Triple A Academy in an area game at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Forney. Celeste jumped out to a 27-8 halftime lead against Maud.
“We played pretty well,” said Celeste coach Amy Herron.
Haley Trentham fired in 20 points to lead Celeste, which also collected 12 points from Morgan Lewis and eight from Tiffany Crossland.
Triple A is ranked 17th in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ state rankings. The Lady Stallions are 24-5 for the season and have won their last 11 games.
Imari Bell leads Triple A at 17.4 points per game, while Amber Browning and Keesha Bracy are both averaging 13.4 and Gabrielle Gregory’s averaging 11.4.
Campbell, which won its Class A Division II bi-district girls playoff game 64-28 over Bloomburg, takes on No. 3 state-ranked Dodd City at 6 p.m. on Friday at Bland High School in Merit. Haley Davidson fired in a career-high eight 3-pointers for Campbell on the way to a game-high 36 points. Breanna Ashmore was next for Campbell with 10 points.
Dodd City earned a first-round bye by winning the District 22-A title.
Dodd City has beaten Campbell twice this season in November, winning 47-38 at Dodd City and 63-26 at Campbell in the finals of the Glen Fields Tournament. Jenna Wallace led the victors in that game with 21 points to earn most valuable player honors for the tournament. Christi Petty added 10 points.
Haley Davidson led Campbell in that game with 16 points.
Royse City and Sherman will battle for the fourth boys playoff spot in District 13-4A at 8 p.m. Friday as Lucas Lovejoy. The two teams wound up tied for fourth place in the district standings behind Lucas Lovejoy, McKinney North and Wylie.
Class 3A girls area playoff — Rains vs. Longview Spring Hill, 7 p.m., Lindale High School.
Class A Division I area playoff — Celeste vs. Dallas Triple A Academy, 6:30 p.m., Forney.
Class A Division II area playoff — Campbell vs. Dodd City, 6 p.m., Bland High School, Merit.
District 13-4A boys tiebreaker — Royse City vs. Sherman, 8 p.m., Lucas Lovejoy.
Pittsburg (girls) 49,
Quinlan Ford 23
LINDALE — No. 15 state-ranked Pittsburg limited Quinlan Ford to single digits in each of the four quarters on the way to a 49-23 Class 3A bi-district win over the Lady Panthers on Tuesday.
Pittsburg will advance to the area round to face District 16-3A champion Bullard.
Jessika Keeton fired in 14 points to lead Ford.
Denasia Watson led the victors with 20 points and Meagan Peters added 10.
Class 3A bi-district girls playoff
Quinlan Ford 3 7 7 6 —23
Pittsburg 5 15 20 7 —49
QF: Jessika Keeton 14, Ariel Hernandez 6, Carley Torbert 2.
P: Kasey Avinger 2, Shakira Duffey 8, Cheyenne Ramey 7, Meagan Peters 10, Denasia Watson 20.