Local and area fans of high school girl's basketball will have five bi-district playoff games to choose from early next week.
On Monday night Jacksonville's Fightin Maidens, the second-place team from District 16-5A will take on Sulphur Springs, the third place representative from District 15-5A. That game will be played at Winona High School and will tip at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students.
The Jacksonville-Sulphur Springs winner will face either Mesquite Poteet or Waco University in the area round late next week.
The teams appear to be evenly matched as Jacksonville will come in with a 28-6 record while Sulphur Springs is 24-7.
The Fightin' Maidens, who are coached by Lynn Nabi, are led by sophomores Alexis Calderon and Grace Abercrombie.
Calderon, the team's point guard, averages 14 points, six rebounds and six assists per game while Abercrombie, a shooting guard, has been putting in 13 points and nine rebounds on average each outing.
Calderon has excellent court vision and basketball smarts and can be difficult to guard.
When she is “on”, Abercrombie has proven to be lethal from long range
Junior Ka'Lessia Anderson blossomed mid season and averages 10 points and 10 rebounds a night and seems to give a consistent effort each night in a workman-like manner.
Overall, Jacksonville is a young team, with reserve Courtney Myers being the team's only senior.
The only teams to have knocked off the Maidens this season have been Canton, Martin's Mill, Fairfield and Lufkin (twice). All of those schools have qualified for post season play.
Sulphur Springs Lady Cats
Like the Maidens, the Lady Cats have a couple of highly accomplished players, both of whom are seniors.
Autumn Tanton, a 6-foot center, averages 15.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, while guard Sadavia Porter's stat line reads 14.2 points, 4.2 assists and 3.8 steals a game.
Porter is fast on her feet, and has signed a track and field commitment letter with University of Texas-Arlington.
Sulphur Spring's losses have all been to playoff-bound teams — Royse City (twice), Texarkana-Texas High (twice), Longview, Gilmer and Edgewood.
Brittney Tisdell serves as the Lady Cats' head coach.
NOTE: In other bi-district action involving area schools, Rusk and Center will hook up at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Central Heights; Bullard will face North Lamar at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday at Quinlan Ford; Troup, will take on either Daingerfield or Tatum on a day and at a time to be announced and Alto, who is coached by Jacksonville High School graduate Sharae Schmitt, will test Timpson at 6 p.m. Monday at Central Heights.