By David Claybourn
Herald-Banner Sports Editor
Campbell’s Lady Indians will try to continue their climb up the playoff ladder, while the Community, Quinlan Ford, Caddo Mills, Bland and Campbell boys will open the basketball playoffs tonight.
The 19-11 Lady Indians, who’ve already advanced farther than any Campbell girls team in school history, will take on Irving Universal at 7 p.m. in a Class A Division II regional quarterfinal at the new Robert L. Boyd Gymnasium at Boles High School near Quinlan.
After that game is over the Campbell Indians will also face a team from Irving Universal in a Division II bi-district playoff at about 8:30 p.m.
Bland’s Tigers will take on the Muenster Hornets in a Class A Division I bi-district playoff at 8 p.m. at Sherman High School.
The Community Braves, who wound up with the second seed in District 10-3A, will battle the Van Alstyne Panthers at 8 p.m. at McKinney High School.
The Quinlan Ford Panthers, who beat Rains 46-37 in a playoff for third place in 10-3A, will take on Frisco Wakeland at 7 p.m. in a playoff at McKinney North.
Caddo Mills’ Foxes, who were second in 12-2A, will face the Keene Chargers in a playoff at Crandall High School.
The Lady Indians opened the playoffs with a 63-13 rout of Dallas Gateway in the bi-district round and then slipped past Karnack 53-52 in the area round on a running 10-footer by Britney Haas with five seconds remaining. Jessica Barker also had a big game for the Lady Indians with a game-high 27 points, while Katie Ross tossed in nine points and Kelly Ross added eight.
Barker was also Campbell’s top shooter against Gateway, while Katie Ross added 14 points.
Another victory accomplishes two preseason goals for the Lady Indians, who wanted to reach the 20-win mark for the season and also reach the Region III-A tournament at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.
Irving Universal, which won the District 21-A title to claim a first-round bye, beat Neches 42-38 in its area playoff.
The Campbell boys, who were second in District 22-A, will take on third-place finisher Irving Universal from 21-A. A Campbell victory would send the Indians to the area round to face No. 9 state-ranked Tenaha, which earned a bye by capturing the 23-A title.
Campbell tuned up for the playoff game by beating Ennis St. John 80-62 in a warmup game on Monday night. Justin Burden pumped in 28 points to spark the Indians and Ryan Seale added 18.
The Caddo Mills Foxes will bring a 24-6 record into their battle against Keene. Caddo Mills bounced back from a district loss to Dallas Faith to beat Malakoff 74-61 in a warmup game on Friday night. Desmond Brigham fired in 29 points to spark the Foxes and Eric Jeffery added 20.
Bland, which was third in District 16-A, will take on 15-A runner-up Muenster. The winner of that game will face No. 11 Poolville in the area round.
Community, Quinlan Ford and Rains wound up tied for second place in District 10-3A behind Wills Point. Community was awarded second place by virtue of a head-to-head tiebreaker and will face Van Alstyne, the third-place finisher from 9-3A.
Quinlan Ford claimed the third remaining playoff berth with the win over Rains. Matt Deeks fired in a game-high 20 points for the Wildcats and Donald McGaughy added 10 points.
Boles’ Hornets, who were second in District 18-A, will take on Maud in a Division I playoff game at 6 p.m. Thursday in Gladewater.
By David Claybourn