Wednesday, February 21, 2018

ET Basketball: Lady Lobos face Heath with playoff spot on line

By Hayden Henry
Feb. 8, 2018 at 5:10 p.m.

Longview's Destiny McAfee takes a shot at the basket during Tuesday's January 30, 2018 game against John Tyler. (Les Hassell/News-Journal Photo)

Over the past four games of the regular season, it was a simple formula to reach the postseason for the Longview Lady Lobos: win or stay home.

The Lady Lobos took care of that, finishing the regular season on a four-game winning streak.

Now, in order to reach the postseason, Longview has one more game to win.

For the second time in a week, Longview and Rockwall-Heath will square off in a play-in game for the fourth postseason spot out of District 11-6A after both teams finished 7-7 in the district race.

The play-in game is set for a 6:30 p.m. tipoff tonight in Mount Vernon.

Longview (23-11) took a last-minute, come back win over Rockwall-Heath (18-15) on the road on Feb. 2, before closing the regular season with 55-38 overtime win over Mesquite.

The Lady Hawks, who finished the regular season with an overtime win over co-11-6A champion Mesquite Horn that same night, won the first meeting, 74-66 at Lobo Coliseum.

Longview, whose roster features three seniors, is led by Destiny McAfee, who enters tonight averaging 17.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 4.1 steals per game.

Sophomore Jordan McClain is averaging 11.4 points and 3.4 steals per game.

Junior Heavunli Reese follows with 8.5 points and 3.1 assists per game while senior Kyrra Boone is averaging 6.5 points and 7.2 rebounds. Fellow senior Kindra Taylor has five rebounds per outing for the Lady Lobos, who are looking for their first postseason appearance since 2015-16.

Morgan Talley led the Lady Hawks with 26 points against Horn, according to Devin Hasson of Star Local Media. Leading scorer Macy Wilkerson hit a three and went 5-of-5 from the free-throw line in overtime in limited action, according to Hasson.

Tonight's winner will meet Conroe Oak Ridge, who tied with Lufkin for the top seed in District 12-6A, in the bi-district round, according to Brandon Ogden of the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

Meanwhile, the Lobos find themselves in just as tight of a playoff push heading into the final two regular-season games.

Longview finds themselves in a three-way tie for the third place at 7-5 with Mesquite and Mesquite Horn, who visit Lobo Coliseum tonight for a 7 p.m. tilt.

The Lobos (21-8) completed a season sweep of Mesquite with a dominant 54-34 win on Tuesday while Horn (20-8) handed district leader Rockwall-Heath its second loss of 11-6A play, 67-65.

Horn won the first meeting between the two, 68-43, in January in Mesquite.

Heath enters tonight at 10-2, followed by Rockwall at 8-4. After Longview, Mesquite and Horn, North Mesquite is 6-6 while John Tyler is 2-10 and Tyler Lee 1-11.

Tonight's schedule has North Mesquite visiting Mesquite, John Tyler hosting Rockwall and Lee traveling to Heath.

In the regular-season finale, Longview visits Lee, John Tyler travels to North Mesquite, Mesquite takes on Horn and Heath closes against Rockwall.



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