Key district tilts headline local hoops action, Chisum and Prairiland teams to face off
Across the board, there are key district tilts headlining tonight’s slate of local high school basketball games. On both the boys and girls courts, Paris, North Lamar, Prairiland, Chisum, and Bonham take the stage as they continue to push towards a potential postseason run in the second half of their respective district schedules. The boys and girls basketball teams from Chisum and Prairiland will take the spotlight of tonight’s action as the rivals are gearing up to face off against one another for the second time this season.
The Prairiland Patriots have surged back into the playoff race, just one game out of fourth, most recently thanks to an impressive 47-43 home win over Emory Rains. Meanwhile, the Chisum Mustangs opened district play with a 58-50 win at Prairiland but have lost three of their last five district contests since then. The boys will tip off at 6:15 p.m. in Mustang Gymnasium.
The Prairiland Lady Patriots will host the Chisum Lady Mustangs on the girls side. Prairiland and Lone Oak are tied in the standings and sit 1.5 games ahead of Chisum for the final playoff spot. The Lady Mustangs most recently thumped district cellar-dweller Grand Saline 79-29 at home while the Lady Patriots were bested 44-23 at Emory Rains. Prairiland handled the Lady Mustangs 57-44 in the first matchup in Mustang Gymnasium. Now, the Lady Pats will host Chisum at 6 p.m.
The Paris Wildcats are looking to secure their third consecutive district title and, with that, Paris will host the Gilmer Buckeyes at 7 p.m. to try and win its fourth district contest. The Paris Lady Wildcats, who are coming off an impressive 60-55 home win over the North Lamar Pantherettes, will hit the road for a stiff contest at 6 p.m. against district-leading and state-ranked Gilmer.
The Pantherettes aim to regroup from the Paris loss with a 6 p.m. home game against Liberty-Eylau while the North Lamar Panthers will try to win their first district game at 7 p.m. against Liberty-Eylau in Texarkana.
In other local basketball action, the Bonham Purple Warriors are aiming for their second straight district win. The Purple Warriors helped head coach Eric Hicks earn his 100th career win with a 47-45 triumph over the Gunter Tigers. Now, Bonham will host the Howe Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. in an attempt to avenge 40-35 defeat on the road. For more sports coverage, click here.