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Four teams vying for last three playoff spots in 8-5A girls basketball

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Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014 4:30 am

With the girls basketball season coming down the home stretch, the time has come for basketball players, coaches and fans to turn their attention up north to the possible opponents and where their favorite team will fall. 

Through 11 games the only certainty is that the Ellison Lady Eagles set themselves up for an easier bi-district playoff matchup.

Ellison (22-7, 11-0) is the district champ and will play the fourth-place team from District 7-5A.

Harker Heights (17-8, 7-4) can go a step closer to clinching a playoff spot with a win on Tuesday at Temple. The Lady Knights can finish anywhere from second to fifth in district.

Killeen (16-13, 6-5), Copperas Cove (16-10, 6-5) and Temple (9-17, 6-5) are currently tied for the third place spot in district. The teams are one game behind Heights and can finish as high as second in the district.

Belton (8-16, 3-8) is three games out and needs to win out to have any shot at the playoffs. Belton visits Killeen on Tuesday.

Shoemaker (5-19, 2-9) looks to play the role of spoiler since the Lady Grey Wolves were eliminated from the playoffs.

The District 8-5A fourth place team will have its work cut out for it in the bi-district playoffs with a likely matchup against No. 1 Duncanville.

Duncanville is the two-time defending Class 5A state champion and features a backcourt with a pair of University of Texas commits in Ariel Atkins and Tasia Forman.

Duncanville needs a win or a loss by No. 21 Mansfield Timberview to clinch the district title.

TImberview is in second place, one game ahead of DeSoto and posts four collegiate commits in Terriell Bradley (Kansas), JaLea Bennett (Arizona), Dayo Olabode (Texas Tech) and Aumani DeGar (SMU). Timberview can finish anywhere from first through fourth in district.

DeSoto can clinch a playoff spot with one win and will likely finish in third or fourth place.

DeSoto is two games behind Timberview and three behind Duncanville with three to play and DeSoto has two of its final three games against those teams.

South Grand Prairie is in fourth place and leads Cedar Hill by two games. South Grand Prairie can get closer to a playoff spot by beating Cedar Hill on Tuesday.

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