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45
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50
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48
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35
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23
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40
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53
Jal
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Jayton
Ropes
10 a.m. Sat.
Lorenzo
Wellman-Union
7:30 p.m.
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58
Anton
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46
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64
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69
Christ the King
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Borden County
78
Knox City
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88
Dawson
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O'Donnell
77
Southland
Final 49
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Follett
Sat. 4 p.m.

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Trinity Christian
New Mexico Military
Canceled
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Lady Mustangs now prepared for tough tussles in the playoffs

Posted: February 14, 2013 - 4:48pm  |  Updated: February 15, 2013 - 1:12am
Slaton's Keilie Heinrich drives by Denver City's Kelsey Delarosa during the first round of playoffs in Levelland Tuesday. (Stephen Spillman)
Slaton's Keilie Heinrich drives by Denver City's Kelsey Delarosa during the first round of playoffs in Levelland Tuesday. (Stephen Spillman)
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The No. 5 Coronado girls basketball team has been so dominant for so long this season, it took awhile Tuesday night to remember what it was like to face a team in a close game.

It took all of a quarter.

The Lady Mustangs struggled out of the gate Tuesday in a 67-43 win over El Paso El Dorado, finding themselves in the unfamiliar position of trailing after the first eight minutes. From that point on, however, Coronado crushed the Lady Aztecs, outscoring them 23-10 in the second quarter and 41-15 in the middle two quarters combined.

“The slow start against them was one of the things we talked about before the game,” Coronado coach Kriss Ethridge said. “This is it, it’s a different season and it’s time to put up or shut up. Win or go home. I don’t know if it took awhile for it to sink in, but being down in the first quarter to El Dorado certainly got my attention, and I think it got the team’s attention as well.”

Ethridge is confident the Lady Mustangs (33-1) will still have that on the brain today when they face Arlington Martin (18-13) in a Class 5A area round playoff at Jim Ned High School in Tuscola.

There will also be a sense of familiarity for the Lady Mustangs today as they have already beaten Martin once this season, and did so handily. Coronado crushed the Lady Warriors 78-40 in November in a tournament in Canyon, but Ethridge expects a much tougher game the second time around.

“I know they’ve been fighting for their (playoff) lives,” Ethridge said. “They were in fourth place going into the last couple weeks of the season and ended up second in district. So they’ve got that fight mentality going on and that’s always scary. That’s how El Dorado was as well.”

Ethridge said she feels the Lady Mustangs will still have a distinct height advantage with center Elle Hendershot (6-foot) and twin forwards Lizzy and Suzzy Dimba (5-11). Martin’s roster lists just one player taller than 5-9. Ethridge said her biggest concern with the Lady Warriors is cutting off the dribble penetration, and to work against that she’s had her players in practices go against some of the sophomores and freshmen from the boys program to simulate quickness.

“One of our weaknesses has been rebounding and I think we’ve buckled down and done a much better job,” Ethridge said. “(The younger boys players) will give us a look at that kind of speed and quickness that we’re facing with Metroplex schools. Defensively, we’ve played well all year and now we’re focused more on concentrating on that quickness, and we’ve done a much better job the last three or four games of district and against El Dorado.”

Coronado is just one of several teams with key games tonight.

■ Monterey, fresh off its upset of former district rival Amarillo, travels to Pecos to face El Paso Hanks at 6 p.m. The Lady Plainsmen (17-15) have momentum from the win over the Lady Sandies, but Hanks has been the dominant 4A girls team in the El Paso area all season with a record of 23-8.

■ District 2-3A teams Cooper (29-4) and Levelland (22-12) are involved in a doubleheader at Post tonight. The Lady Pirates, who had the first-round bye, face Sweetwater at 6 p.m. The Lady Mustangs finished third in District 4-3A with a 12-13 record. Levelland, meanwhile, has been one of the hottest girls teams in the area over the last month and will face perennial power Abilene Wylie (24-7) in the 7:30 p.m. nightcap.

■ In Class 2A, district winners Lamesa (25-4), Littlefield (22-6) and Idalou (25-7) all open their playoff runs after earning first-round byes. Lamesa takes on Spearman (19-10) at 7 p.m. in Hereford. Littlefield meets district football foe Childress (27-5) at 6:30 p.m. in Floydada while Idalou takes on Olton (23-8) at 6:30 p.m. at the Rip Griffin Center in Lubbock.

■ Class 1A has district winners New Deal (24-7), Plains (29-4) and Springlake-Earth (21-7) in their first postseason action this season. In Division II, two-time state tournament team Whitharral (32-3) begins its playoff run at 7:30 p.m. in Canyon against Miami (23-11). Petersburg, the District 5-IIA champion at 19-12, is in Andrews to take on Marathon (13-13)

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Uh hello--George...

Girls 3a Cooper Sweetwater play on FRIDAY.

Obviously wrote article to take off the weekend.

Next time, write the story and then have your desk-mate push SEND on the day it is supposed to be written.

Good grief.

I would continue to ask who is editing this paper. But the answer remains the same.

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