Expect matchups of girls basketball powerhouses.
Marquee matchups: Because the UIL doesn’t use any type of rankings to seed its teams for the playoffs, as some states do, there will be heavyweight matchups early in the postseason. That starts in the first round.
Sachse (304) was a Class 6A state semifinalist last season, and this season it went 140 in District 106A and is ranked No. 5 in the state by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. At 7 p.m. Tuesday at Richardson, Sachse will open the playoffs against District 96A No. 4 seed Plano East (229), which has one of the best players in the Dallas area. TCU signee Tavy Diggs averages 14.7 points and 7.9 rebounds, and that was despite playing in 96A — perhaps the toughest district in the state. Diggs scored 16 in a 4442 win over defending 6A state champion Plano on Jan. 2 and had a 32point game in a victory against Plano West six days after that.
Diggs will go headtohead with Sachse standout Avery Crouse, a UTEP signee who averages a teambest 13.9 points. Crouse broke her sister Kelsey’s school record by making eight 3pointers against South Garland on Feb. 1.
Another intriguing firstround matchup in 6A will be Skyline (238) playing Mansfield Summit (2111) at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Ellis Davis Field House. Skyline reached the fourth round of the playoffs last year and is ranked No. 7 in the state, while Summit fell one win short of the state tournament in 5A last season before moving up to 6A in realignment.
The second round in 6A Region I could see District 66A champion Irving MacArthur (No. 9 in the area) playing 76A runnerup DeSoto, No. 3 in the state. MacArthur 57 point guard Sarah Andrews (averages 15.9 points and 7.3 assists), the state’s No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2020, could face a DeSoto team featuring 511 Houston signee Bria Patterson and three freshmen 63 or taller.
Timberview’s road back to state: Mansfield Timberview has come agonizingly close to winning Class 5A state championships the last two seasons, losing 4745 to Canyon in the 2017 state final and falling 5954 to Amarillo in last year’s state title game. Timberview led in the fourth quarter in both games.
Destiny Jackson, N’Denasija Collins, Mikayla Hutchinson and Kennedy Wilson combined for 41 points in last year’s state championship game, and the four seniors have combined to average 44 points for this season’s 341 team that is ranked No. 5 in the nation by USA Today. Timberview, the state’s topranked 5A team, has won 25 in a row since its only loss — 5352 to 6A state No. 1 Cedar Hill on Nov. 20.
Timberview could have to beat defending state champion Amarillo just to get back to the state tournament, as those teams could meet in the 5A Region I final. The top two teams in the 5A state rankings have already met this season, with Timberview winning 5748 on Nov.10.
Argyle’s playoff streak: Argyle has won 28 consecutive playoff games while winning four straight Class 4A state championships. Argyle’s last postseason loss was 4742 to Waco La Vega in the 2014 state final. Argyle can join an exclusive list by winning state again this year. The only schools in UIL history to win at least five straight girls basketball state championships are Nazareth (six in a row from 197782) and Brock (five in a row from 200913).
Argyle has been without Clemson pledge Sydney Standifer all season after the sophomore point guard suffered a torn ACL in the offseason. Argyle (257) is still ranked No. 5 in the state, as 510 junior guard Rhyle McKinney has averaged 27 points in district play and scored 61 of Argyle’s 82 points in the last two games.
Realignment didn’t make things easy on Argyle, placing it in 4A Region I with Canyon, which won four straight state titles in the UIL’s secondlargest classification from 201417 before dropping to 4A this season. Canyon, No. 1 in the state, could meet Argyle in the regional semifinals, and state No. 2 Levelland could await in the regional final.
Sachse’s Avery Crouse, shooting over Rowlett’s Ngozi Obineke, is a 3point threat.