The UIL postseason tips off for girls basketball next week, nearly a year after a pair of area teams — Pflugerville and Liberty Hill — advanced to the state tournament in San Antonio.
Both those squads could return to the Alamodome next month, especially Liberty Hill, which will open the playoffs as the No. 1-ranked team in Class 4A and boasts a McDonald’s All-American in Sedona Prince, a 6-foot-7 senior. The Panthers have advanced to the 4A state semifinals for three straight years but have yet to leave San Antonio as state champs.
Before postseason play starts, we offer up our final Fab Five polls of the regular season and sort through the area’s playoff qualifiers.
• Class 6A
1. Hendrickson (28-6)
2. Westlake (27-7)
3. Pflugerville (30-5)
4. Bowie (21-13)
5. Westwood (24-9)
• Class 5A
1. Cedar Park (27-7)
2. Austin High (27-7)
3. Marble Falls (24-10)
4. Georgetown (23-9)
5. Rouse (27-8)
• Class 4A and below
1. Liberty Hill (30-3)
2. St. Michael’s (21-7)
3. Thorndale (25-5)
4. Marble Falls Faith (24-6)
5. Austin Waldorf (19-2)
AREA POSTSEASON OUTLOOK
(District records in parentheses)
• District 13-6A
Who’s in: Pflugerville (11-1), Hendrickson (11-1), Westwood (8-4), Cedar Ridge (6-6)
The latest: Starr Omozee scored 16 points as Pflugerville edged Cedar Ridge 47-45 to finish tied for first with Hendrickson, which closed the regular season last week when the Hawks topped Stony Point 64-46. … Pflugerville won the coin flip to determine the No. 1 postseason seed. … In the past three years, Westwood has a 23-1 record against its fellow teams in the Round Rock school district.
• District 14-6A
Who’s in: Bowie (10-0), Del Valle (7-3), Akins (5-5), Manor (5-5)
The latest: Bowie defended its district crown by beating San Marcos 46-26 Tuesday night, and Del Valle topped Anderson 59-47 to finish second. … Akins earned the No. 3 postseason seed by virtue of its two 14-6A victories over Manor.
• District 25-6A
Who’s in: Westlake (12-0), Vista Ridge (10-2), Vandegrift (8-4), Lake Travis (5-7)
The latest: Westlake, which won its first district title outright in 14 years, closed the regular season by rolling past Lehman 53-19 as Presley Bennett scored 14 points and Shay Holle added 13. … Sophomore Jackie Cilliers scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds to help Lake Travis defeat Leander 40-26 Tuesday and clinch the district’s No. 4 spot.
• District 19-5A
Who’s in: Cedar Park (16-0), Georgetown (13-3), Rouse (13-3), Connally (8-8)
The latest: Cedar Park topped Connally 70-44 Tuesday, completing its run to its first outright district title since the school opened in 1998. The Timberwolves have not lost since 28. … Rouse and Georgetown split a pair of district games, and the Eagles won a coin loss to fly away as the No. 2 postseason seed.
• District 25-5A
Who’s in: Austin (12-0), Crockett (10-2), Lanier (7-5), LBJ (6-6)
The latest: The Maroons defeated Travis 67-12 this week to complete their second straight unbeaten run to the 25-5A championship. … LBJ earned the No. 4 postseason seed by posting a .500 mark in district play after going winless in 13 non-district contests.
• District 26-5A
Who’s in: Marble Falls (13-1), Kerrville Tivy (13-1), Dripping Springs (10-4), Boerne Champion (7-7)
The latest: Marble Falls and Tivy split their two district matchups, and the Mustangs won the coin-flip tiebreaker to claim the No. 1 postseason seed. They will open the playoffs against LBJ on Monday. … Dripping Springs will face Crockett on Monday night in a bi-district playoff.
• District 19-4A
Who’s in: Liberty Hill (12-0), Burnet (10-2), Glenn (7-5), Lampasas (6-6).
The latest: State-ranked Liberty Hill won its fourth straight district title. … Former Cedar Park girls basketball coach Mark Myers guided Lampasas to the district’s final postseason berth behind Glenn, which qualified for the playoffs in only its second year of varsity play.
• District 20-4A
Who’s in: Navasota (8-0), La Grange (6-2), Smithville (3-5), Giddings (2-6)
The latest: Only two teams out of five finished above .500 in district play. … La Grange closed the regular season with a 55-40 victory over Giddings on Tuesday. The Leopards will face Glenn next week in a Class 4A bi-district playoff.
• District 27-4A
Who’s in: San Antonio Veterans Memorial (10-0), Geronimo Navarro (7-3), La Vernia (6-4), Gonzales (4-6)
The latest: Veterans Memorial rolled through this district, which includes Wimberley, winning its 27-4A games by an average of 48.5 points.
• District 20-3A
Who’s in: Little River Academy (12-0), Franklin (10-2), Jarrell (8-4), Rogers (6-6)
The latest: State-ranked Little River Academy won its final seven district games by at least 18 points and finished the regular season on a 10-game winning streak. … Jarrell concluded 20-3A play with a 70-52 loss to Franklin on Tuesday.
• District 25-3A
Who’s in: Blanco (9-1), Lago Vista (9-1), Johnson City (7-3), Comfort (6-4)
The latest: Blanco and Lago Vista shared the district title, but the Panthers walked away with the top postseason seed by winning a coin slip. … Lago Vista will tip off postseason play against San Antonio Cole.
• District 27-3A
Who’s in: Marion (12-2), Yoakum (11-3), Schulenburg (11-3), Hallettsville (9-4)
The latest: Yoakum earned the No. 2 postseason seed by virtue of its two victories over Schulenburg in district play. … On Tuesday, Schulenburg concluded the regular season by topping Marion 44-39.
• District 25-2A
Who’s in: Thorndale (10-0), Holland (7-3), Milano (6-4), Thrall (4-6)
The latest: Thorndale’s Kylie Buchanan piled up 32 points as the Bulldogs defeated Milano 50-47 Tuesday to clinch the district championship. The loss dropped the Eagles to third place in 25-2A.
— Butch Hart, AA-S correspondent