Ex­pect matchups of girls bas­ket­ball pow­er­houses.

The Dallas Morning News - - Sports Day - By GREG RID­DLE Staff Writer/grid­[email protected]­las­news.com Twit­ter: @DMNGregRid­dle

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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.

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