The high school basketball season is down to just a couple of games for everybody with a couple of Leader-area teams fighting for playoff positioning in the TAPPS classification.
It remains to be seen if the Eagles can catch top-ranked Concordia Lutheran in the District 3 standings, but St. Thomas entered the final days of the season with a playoff berth in its grasp. The Eagles began this week 7-1 in district play and just a game behind Concordia Lutheran.
St. Thomas got hot at the end of January, closing the month with four straight wins. In their most recent games, the Eagles played very well in defeating Kelly, 54-47 and Awty International, 78-35 to stay within range of first place in the district.
The Eagles host Village School 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9 before they wrap up the season with a pair of games next week. Beaumont Kelly comes to town Tuesday, Feb. 13 to face the Eagles at 7:30 p.m. before they close the year 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16 at archrival St. Pius.
St. Pius X
The Panthers aren’t going to win a TAPPS district championship, but they still had motivation entering February with a few more victories meaning a spot in the postseason. They began this week with a 4-4 record in 6A District 3 and could punch their ticket to the playoffs by finishing strong as they have three league games left starting Friday night, Feb. 9 at Awty International.
They entered this week with a two-game winning streak, which they started with a hardought 53-50 win over the Village School to keep them in the upper half of the league standings. The Panthers then stepped out of the conference last Thursday night to whack CMHS, 77-49.
Taylor Steele led the team with a dozen points while Josh Chadbourne had 11. Jarvis Johnson and Sydney Shipp each tossed in 10 apiece. Besides those solid efforts, Stanley Asiegbu had eight points and seven rebounds and Terrell Jenkins finished with seven points and eight rebounds.
St. Pius X started the week with a 15-11 record overall and three games left on the schedule. They are at Awty International, 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 and then play their last road game of the year Tuesday, Feb. 13 with a trip to St. John’s XXIII in Katy. They finish the year at home 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16 against archrival St. Thomas.
Lutheran High North
The Lions began this week with some work to do if they hope to make the TAPPS 4A playoffs as the games dwindle, as they stood fifth in the seven-team District 5 with a 4-6 record, but were just two games behind third place Northland Christian and one game behind fourth-place St. Thomas Episcopal following a much-needed 78-64 win over the Hawks Friday night.
Besides getting the win to stay within range of the teams ahead of them, the win also snapped a three-game district losing streak. The blue-and-white have had their ups-and-downs this year with a young team that features only one senior — Weldon Keller — in its eight or nine-man rotation.
Sophomore guard Evan Butts has been the team’s leading scorer in district with junior guard Jaxon Wolf also contributing heavily. Junior Nick Grant, freshman Grant Deutsch and junior Emmanuel Butts have also been playing well for the Lions.
The Lions complete the regular season this week with games on back-to-back nights. They were in League City Thursday night to play Bay Area Christian and then are back home Friday, Feb. 9 to play Cypress Christian in a pair of games they need to win to keep their playoff hopes alive.