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Highlandâ€™s girls may not be the lone Nolan County high school basketball team advancing to the playoffs this year. The Roscoe girls and Highland boys are both close to locking up berths.
On Tuesday, the Plow-girls (6-2) beat Ira 47-30 to clinch no worse than a tie for second place in District 13-A, Division II with two games remaining, while the Highland boys (4-2) took a big step toward the playoffs as well as they held off Loraine 37-32. The third-place Hornets trail Ira (6-0) and Hermleigh (5-1) in 13-A, Div. II, but are three games ahead of Roscoe, Westbrook and Loraine â€” who are tied for last place at 1-5 â€” with four games to play.
Ron Covington scored 16 points for Highland, which trailed 10-8 after one quar-ter and 18-17 at halftime before pulling out the win.
The Roscoe girls are all alone in second place as Highland (8-0), an 82-10 winner over Loraine on Tuesday, holds a two-game lead over the Plowgirls. The teams meet in Highland on Friday. Roscoe leads third-place Westbrook and Ira â€” both 4-4 â€” by two games.
On Tuesday, the Plowgirls got a game-high 18 points from Faith Boren, while also outscoring Ira 18-4 in the fourth quarter to break open a tight game.
Highlandâ€™s girls have won all of their games in district play by at least 21 points. Loraine was nowhere near that close as Highland led 26-2, 41-4 and 66-4 at the breaks and can clinch the title by beating Roscoe this Friday. Loraine saw its record fall to 0-8.
Highland was paced by Sierra Allen, who scored 26 points for the Lady Hornets. Kaylee Martin (12 points) also reached double figures in the lopsided victory.
The Roscoe boys (1-5) lost their game Tuesday, with Ira rolling to a 66-22 victory. Roscoe, which was coming off its first win in district play this past Friday, got a team-high nine points from Jesus Leanos. Hermleigh wlll be next up for Ira when it plays there this Friday.
In 14-A, Division II, Black-wellâ€™s girls lost to Robert Lee 58-37 on Tuesday and the boys also lost to Robert Lee, 72-31, in their contest.
Stephanie Metcalf had 14 to pace the girls, who have managed just one win in district and are 2-19 overall with two games left.
In the boys game, Robert Lee (8-2) led 39-17 at halftime and stayed in a tie for second place with Garden City while dropping Black-well to 2-8 in district.
Blackwell was led by Ethan Andrews with nine points. The Hornets and Lady Hornets host Bronte on Friday and go to Water Valley for the girlsâ€™ finale on Tuesday. The boys finish a week later after playing Veribest and Garden City.