Weather permitting, it’s tournament time today for many of the area’s high school basketball teams.

With weather forecasts calling for possible sleet and snow today there’s a possibility that some tournament games could be called off. Basketball coaches, players and fans will no doubt be keeping a close eye on the weather today before heading to their respective tournaments.

Quinlan Ford and Bland in Merit are playing host to tournaments this week while the Greenville Lions and Lady Lions are headed to tournaments in Quinlan and Wills Point, respectively.

The Greenville Lions will be seeking their fourth straight tournament title at the Quinlan Ford Hoop Magic Tournament that is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. in Quinlan.

Greenville beat Kaufman 61-46 in the championship game of last year’s tournament.

The Lions are to take on Little Elm at 4 p.m. in the opening round.

“Little Elm’s going to be pretty good I hear,” said Lions coach Gant Caraway.

Little Elm is 4-1 after beating Denton Guyer 74-64 on Tuesday night. Cole Beasley, a 5-8 junior, pumped in 26 points to lead the Lobos, who also picked up 12 points from 5-9 junior Tony Herrera and 10 each from 5-9 junior Thomas Stauts and 6-2 senior Taylor Higginbotham.

Greenville is 2-1 including a 62-55 victory over Frisco on Tuesday night. Kaleb Henderson, who had been averaging 23 points per game, tossed in 17 points to lead the Lions. James Savage scored two points under his season norm with 15 points and Raymond Payton added 13.

Host Quinlan Ford, which is 4-1 following a 69-38 victory over Eustace on Tuesday, is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff against Whitesboro. Ford spread the scoring around against Eustace with 15 points from Cody Burkham, 14 from Matt Deeks, 12 from Tyler Northcutt and 11 each from Casey McKay and Michael Dooley.

Other first-round games at Quinlan pit North Dallas vs. Princeton, Sulphur Springs vs. Van Alstyne, Kemp vs. Pollok Central and Tyler All Saints vs. Rains.

The 3-7 Lady Lions have drawn No. 1 state-ranked Martins Mill (Class A) in the opening round of the Wills Point tournament at 6 p.m.

Other teams in the tournament include Edgewood, Princeton, R.L. Turner of Carrollton, Dallas Spruce, Mabank, West Mesquite and host Wills Point.

Greenville dropped its last game 49-41 to South Garland on Tuesday night. The Lady Lions battled back from a nine-pont deficit to tie it at 41-41 but went scoreless over the final 3:15.

Freshman Olivia Carter led the Lady Lions with 12 points. LaQuinta Ross also tossed in 11 and Gabrielle McCormick added eight points.

The Bland Lady Tigers are scheduled to open their title defense at 8:30 a.m. against Greenville Christian School at the Bland Invitational. Bland beat Class 3A Atlanta 46-38 in last year’s finals.

Bland is 4-3 after beating Alba-Golden on Tuesday night while GCS is 3-2 including a 64-32 pasting of Miller Grove. Ashlee Draughn paced GCS with 19 points against Miller Grove. Anne Waidelich topped Bland against Alba-Golden with 18 points.

Other first-round girls games at Bland include Campbell vs. Caddo Mills, Honey Grove vs. Community and North Hopkins vs. Fannindel. Tom Bean is scheduled to play the GCS-Bland winner at 7 p.m.

First-round boys games scheduled for today at Bland include Campbell vs. the Bonham junior varsity, Honey Grove vs. Bells, North Hopkins vs. Fannindel and Bland vs. Greenville Christian School.



Today’s schedule



Quinlan Ford Hoop Magic Tournament

Today’s schedule

10 a.m. — North Dallas vs. Princeton

11:30 a.m. — Sulphur Springs vs. Van Alstyne

1 p.m. — Kemp vs. Pollok Central

1 p.m. — Tyler All Saints vs. Rains

4 p.m. — Greenville vs. Little Elm

5:30 p.m. — Whitesboro vs. Quinlan Ford

Bland Invitational

Girls division

8:30 a.m. — Bland vs. Greenville Christian

10 a.m. — Campbell vs. Caddo Mills

1 p.m. — Honey Grove vs. Community

4 p.m. — North Hopkins vs. Fannindel

7 p.m. — Bland-GCS winner vs. Tom Bean

Boys division

11:30 a.m. — Campbell vs. Bonham JV

2:30 p.m. — Honey Grove vs. Bells

5:30 p.m. — North Hopkins vs. Fannindel

8:30 p.m. — Bland vs. Greenville Christian





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