Multiple high school basketball teams from around the area won their first-round playoff matchups earlier this week.
Three teams were in action Tuesday as the St. Thomas boys scored a chance at revenge, while the Lutheran High North girls and Heights girls thumped their way to the next round.
On the boys side, St. Thomas flew past Austin St. Dominic Savio 65-53 in the opening round of the TAPPS 6A playoffs. The Eagles (18-13) got 26 points from Johnathan Massie and another 23 from Maddox Kopp in the victory, which secured their second straight trip to the regional final.
The Eagles face a tall task. They will face off against defending TAPPS 6A state champion San Antonio Antonian Prep (33-7), which ended the season ranked fourth in TAPPS 6A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at A&M Consolidated High School in College Station.
In girls action, District 18-6A champion Heights took down Houston Memorial 63-37 Tuesday night at Delmar Fieldhouse to advance to the Class 6A area round for the third time in four seasons. After taking a 13-point lead into halftime, the Lady Bulldogs overwhelmed the Mustangs in the third quarter, outscoring them 20-4 in the period.
Heights was scheduled to face Fort Bend Bush (20-13) on Thursday for the chance to advance to the regional quarterfinals.
In private school action, the Lutheran High North Lady Lions defeated San Antonio Lutheran 69-28 on Tuesday night. Making their eighth consecutive trip to TAPPS postseason play under head coach John Slomcheck, LHN will face the winner of Pasadena First Baptist and Waco Reicher Catholic in the regional final.