Round one is in the books, and for the area’s state ranked teams, so is the first step toward what they hope will be a championship playoff run. And just one ranked Houston area team will face another one in the area round in 5A.
Every one of the area’s top 20 teams in the TABC poll advanced through the first round of playoffs this week, but there are some big challenges looming this weekend.
Fort Bend Bush and Travis, ranked third and fifth in the last 5A statewide poll, both handled their district 24-5A foes. Bush dispatched Clear Springs 55-48 while Travis topped Clear Lake by 16.
Travis’ win sets up a showdown of top 20 teams in the area round, because No. 19 Pearland fought its way past Port Arthur Memorial 49-37.
Seven Lakes is the next highest ranked area team in Region III at No. 12, and the Spartans looked every bit the part by stomping Westbury 81-57. If Seven Lakes is hitting its outside shot, it will be tough to beat. The Spartans square off against Alief Taylor Friday night at Coleman.
No. 17 Westside squeaked by Katy Taylor in bi-district play and now they’ll face Cy Ridge Friday at Cinco Ranch.
No. 18 North Shore’s win over South Houston sets up a game with Fort Bend Clements. One more win will get either Bush or Manvel.
In Region II there are a pair of ranked teams from Houston that give the Bayou City a good shot at putting two teams in the state tournament.
The first is No. 11 Spring Westfield, which trounced Oak Ridge, setting up its first travel game. The Mustangs will travel to College Station to play Austin High School at A&M Consolidated.
No. 16 The Woodlands also cruised in the first round, smashing Dekaney 65-39. The Highlanders will also hit the road for the second round, traveling to Bryan Rudder to face Austin Anderson.
In 4A, fifth ranked Marshall and No. 9 Wheatley both advanced to the area round. Marshall gets Brazosport while Wheatley takes on Friendswood .
3A’s top ranked Yates enjoyed a bye in the first round and will take on Hardin-Jefferson Thursday night in Atascocita.