Top seed THS faces off against John Tyler

Texarkana Gazette - - SPORTS - By Josh Richert Sports Ed­i­tor

LONGVIEW, Texas—Texas High be­gins its play­off sea­son tonight against John Tyler.

The Lady Tigers (24-7) were the co-Dis­trict 16-5A cham­pi­ons and earned the No. 1 seed by virtue of a coin flip. The Lady Lions placed fourth in 15-5A.

The teams clash in a 5A bi-dis­trict game at 6 p.m. to­day at Lobo Coli­seum on the cam­pus of Longview High School.

“We need to play de­fense well: we’re go­ing to full­court press and we need to make sure we’re ro­tat­ing cor­rectly,” Lady Tiger head coach Shonda Wil­son said. “We need to re­bound well, and we need to take ad­van­tage of tran­si­tion bas­kets and con­vert. We have to limit our turnovers and shoot the ball well from the free throw line.”

Eight se­niors will be on the post­sea­son ros­ter for Texas High, which went 9-1 in league play, split­ting with state-ranked Royse City. Four of those are starters.

Ki­asyia Mor­ri­son will start at point guard for the Tigers, Mia Wil­son and An­to­nia Porter are the other start­ing guards, Porter also help­ing at the post, Vicki Willis will be at the other post, and Ker­righan Dunn—the lone ju­nior in the start­ing five—is

an­other guard.

“We’ve got un­selfish play­ers, and that’s a good thing,” Coach Wil­son said. “They step up and ac­cept any role they need to that night to give us a chance to win and for the team. They don’t care who scores: they just want to win.”

The rest of the Tigers’ play­off ros­ter in­cludes Nia Wil­son, Sadeya Fin­ley, Unique McBride, Amiya Rone, Ashanti Northcross, Ash­lyn Stiger, Nazaya Wil­liams, Maranda Miller and a cou­ple of jayvee play­ers pulled up to add depth to the post­sea­son ros­ter.

“We haven’t seen a lot of film on John Tyler,” Wil­son said. “But I think we’ll be ready to go; they know we have to go play our game, no mat­ter who we’re fac­ing. They’re the fourth-place team, but that doesn’t mat­ter be­cause in the play­offs every­body wants to win and ad­vance.”

The win­ner ad­vances to the area round later this week to face ei­ther Cle­burne or Lan­caster.

The game will be broad­cast on KTXK 91.5 FM with pregame at 5:45 p.m.

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