Hoop fans can get their fill this weekend
From Staff Reports

Feb. 20, 2004 -- Basketball fans can get their fill over the weekend with the continuation of area teams in the girls playoffs and a boys warm-up extravaganza set for Texas A&M-Commerce.

On the girls side, the area round playoffs begin tonight for area teams such as Greenville and Mount Vernon, and continue Friday for Sulphur Bluff, North Hopkins, Rains, Winnsboro and Sherman.

Greenville (15-13), the District 11-4A champion, opens their playoff quest at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Sachse against Dallas Kimball (18-7). Mount Vernon (25-9), the runner-up in 11-3A, takes on Bonham at 7 p.m. tonight in Rivercrest.

On Friday, both Sulphur Bluff and North Hopkins try to take another step on the playoff road.

Sulphur Bluff (24-4) plays Henrietta Midway at 7 p.m. Friday at Pilot Point in the area round of the Class 1A, Division II playoffs. The Lady Bears are coming off a 58-44 win over Dodd City in the bi-district round.

Over in Howe, two top 10 teams in Class 1A, Division I will battle it out when No. 8 North Hopkins (31-3) plays No. 5 Muenster at 7 p.m. Friday. The Lady Panthers routed Avery, 72-39, in bi-district play on Tuesday.

Other area teams include Winnsboro (31-3), ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, against Princeton at 7 p.m. Friday in Greenville; Rains (25-9) plays Celina at 7 p.m. Friday in Leonard; and Sherman (18-14) takes on Dallas Kimball (18-7) at Richardson-Pearce.

If you're looking for even more basketball, travel to TAMU-Commerce, where the J.W. Williams Playoff Preview gets under way Friday afternoon and continues through Saturday evening with 26 boys teams in Classes 1A-4A playing 13 games.

Included in the warm-up games are North Hopkins, who plays Dallas Life at 8 a.m. Saturday; Paris, which takes on Gainesville at 2 p.m. Saturday; and Cooper, who plays Nevada Community at 9 p.m. Friday.

Each session is $5 per person. The schedule includes:

First Session (Friday)

4:30 p.m. -- Itasca vs. Trenton

6 p.m. -- Roxton vs. Zephyr

7:30 p.m. -- Lindale vs. Whitehouse

9 p.m. -- Cooper vs. Nevada Community

Second Session (Saturday)

8 a.m. -- North Hopkins vs. Dallas Life

9:30 a.m. -- McLeod vs. Tolar

11 a.m. -- White Oak vs. Howe

12:30 p.m. -- Celina vs. Chisum

2 p.m. -- Gainesville vs. Paris

3:30 p.m. -- Utopia vs. New Boston

Third Session (Saturday)

6 p.m. -- Lipan vs. Tenaha

7:30 p.m. -- Clarksville vs. Van

9 p.m. -- Tatum vs. Marlin

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