The Texas high school hoops season rolls on and we have a five-spot for both boys and girls basketball for Friday evening. A number of games feature teams in our recent Top 10 rankings.
The spotlight for Friday is led by District 7-6A as each side features Top 10 matchups. We'll lead off with the boys five games to keep an eye on.
#3 Waxahachie (17-3, 4-0) vs. #2 Grand Prairie (16-1, 4-0): One team will remain undefeated in 7-6A play after this one. Waxahachie enters on a six-game win streak, having won those games by an average of 24.2 points. Grand Prairie is on an 11-game win streak, which has included a few close calls. It also recently got back Jaylin Posey from injury.
Arlington Lamar (12-6, 7-0) vs. #10 North Crowley (20-5, 7-0): Another matchup between undefeated teams in district (4-6A). play. One team will have the inside track for the district title while the other will drop to, most likely, a game ahead of Arlington Martin for second place.
Flower Mound (18-5, 3-1) vs. Irving MacArthur (15-4, 2-1): This is a battle for fourth in 6-6A. Both teams dropped their last game., and a loss by MacArthur could drop them out of the playoff picture if Marcus wins.
Quinlan Ford (16-7, 0-0) vs. Nevada Community (12-4, 0-0): District 13-4A opens up with a matchup featuring the two best teams in - record-wise - in district. Ford is on a four-game win streak, including a 23-18 win in its last outing.
#2 South Grand Prairie (26-2, 6-0) vs. #6 Cedar Hill (18-6, 3-1): Another Top 10 matchup in 7-6A as two of the six teams in the state duke it out. South Grand Prairie is on a five-game win streak, which included a win over another state-ranked team in Mansfield Timberview. Cedar Hill has won two straight after a stretch of losing three of four during the holiday break.
Fort Worth Trimble Tech (21-7, 7-2) vs. #4 Arlington Martin (25-4, 9-0): The top two teams in 4-6A meet up for the second time in the district slate. In the first meeting, Martin won on the road 59-33, holding Trimble Tech to single digits in three of the four quarters. Martin is on a four-game win streak and won 20 of its last 21 games. Trimble Tech fell to North Crowley earlier in the week, ending a four-game win streak.
#9 The Colony (14-9, 4-1) vs. #1 Denton Braswell (20-4, 5-0): It's the first matchup between these two 8-5A foes, which are both ranked in our latest Top 10 rankings. The Colony enters on a three-game win streak, holding opponents to an average of 44.3 points. Braswell, the area's No. 1 5A team, is on a five-game win streak, winning those games by an average of 33.6 points per game, including an 80-13 win to kick off the streak.
Southlake Carroll (13-8, 3-2) vs. Keller Timber Creek (12-5, 2-2): A matchup of the two teams occupying the last two playoff spots out of 5-6A. Timber Creek can move into third with a win over Carroll in the team's first meeting in district play. A win for Carroll will give it at least a game buffer for the third seed.
Melissa (15-9, 1-0) vs. Anna (12-5, 2-0): It's early in 11-4A play as the only two teams with winning records square off. Melissa is on a two-game win streak after a 1-2 record in the prior three games. Anna has won its last seven games, beating teams by an average of 14.9 points.
If you read that headline, you might be trying to jog your 'member berries as to who or what is a "Slidell." Slidell took home the 1A boys basketball state title after the program had gone 75 years without another state crown (1943). Slidell's championship was our No. 4 moment of the Top 10 Sports Moments of the 2018-19 sports year last year. It was also part of a DFW takeover in boys hoops as five of the six UIL titles came to the Metroplex.
It got me thinking: Outside of area teams that have never won a state title, what is the longest state title drought in the DFW-area, and who is in the best position to end its state title drought?
The easy answer for the first question is Denton, which last won a title in 1935 (84 years). There are two more teams in with 70-plus year droughts: Dallas Sunset (75 years) and Fort Worth Paschal (70).
The second part is not so easy, which is why we're throwing it out to the fans. The criteria is not having won a state title this millennium (from 2000 or earlier). There are a few teams that won titles in the 2000s, inside of 20 years doesn't seem "droughty" enough.
There are 13 teams that last won a state title from 1999 and earlier: Crowley, Dallas Hillcrest, Dallas Jefferson, Dallas Sunset, Denton, Ferris, Fort Worth Paschal, Krum, Lake Highlands, Lake Worth, Pottsboro, Southlake Carroll and Waxahchie.
<a href="https://poll.fm/10491256">VYPE DFW Poll: Which Team is the Next Slidell? (Closes Mon. 1/20 at 7pm)</a>