Cleburne came back from a 10-point, first-half deficit with 33 second-half points as the Lady Jackets held off the Aledo Ladycats, 56-52, Friday night in a District 8-5A third-place tiebreaker game at Crowley High School.
With the loss, the Ladycats will be the fourth seed from 8-5A in the state playoffs.
The Ladycats will face state-ranked No. 7 Fort Worth Trimble Tech in the Class 5A, Region I bi-district playoffs at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16 at Chisholm Trail High School.
The Ladycats took a 26-16 lead in the second quarter after guard Kara Williams swished a three-point bucket.
But Cleburne went on a 7-0 run to end the half to cut the Ladycats' lead to 26-23 at the break.
After 14 District 8-5A basketball games, the Aledo Ladycats and Cleburne Lady Jackets will need a 15th game to decide who will get the coveted third seed in the district for the upcoming Class 5A playoffs.
The Ladycats and Lady Jackets will square off at 6:30 p.m. today (Friday, Feb. 13) at Crowley High School. Aledo will be the designated “home” team.
Tickets at the gate are $4 for adults and $3 for students.
Both teams finished the district slate with 9-5 records and have qualified for post-season play as each district qualifies four teams for the state playoffs.
But this game is far more just about bragging rights of being the third-place team in the league as opposed to fourth place.
The Aledo Ladycats and Cleburne will square off to decide the third and fourth seeds in District 8-5A when they play a third-place tiebreaker game at 6:30 p.m. Friday (Feb. 13) at Crowley High School.
Both the Ladycats and Lady Jackets finished with 9-5 district records.
While both teams have qualified for the Class 5A girls' basketball playoffs, a tiebreaker game will be played and the winner will represent the third seed in the district and the loser will acquire the fourth seed.
Aledo will be the designated "home" team.
Aledo sophomore guard Cameron Huddleston plays stingy defense Tuesday night during the Ladycats 53-42 win over Burleson that clinched a playoff spot for the AHS ladies.
Rhylie Makawe scored 19 points and Kara Williams added 14 to lead the Aledo Ladycats to a 53-42 win over first-place Burleson Tuesday night in the girls' District 8-5A finale at the AHS gym.
The win - combined with Cleburne's win over Joshua - puts the Ladycats and Cleburne in a tie for third place with identical 9-5 league marks.
The two teams will square off later in the week to decide the third and fourth playoff seeds in 8-5A. Check this site beginning Wednesday for information on the tiebreaker contest.
Aledo guard Hannah Berkovsky fires a pass during a recent game. Berkovsky and classmates Rhylie Makawe, Hannah Haeussler and Treva Davis will be honored during Senior Night festivities. The Ladycats will face Burleson in the district finale at 6:30 p.m. at the AHS gym with the Bearcats and Burleson game to follow.
Holding their playoff destiny in their own hands, the Aledo Ladycats can clinch a playoff spot with a win over first-place Burleson today in the girls' District 8-5A finale on Senior Night at the AHS gym.
A victory by the Ladycats would give Aledo nine district wins and would seal at least fourth place. If Joshua defeats Cleburne and the Ladycats win Aledo would finish in third place
Needing a win to claim second place, the Aledo Ladycats fell short in a 60-47 loss to Crowley Friday night in a District 8-5A contest at Crowley.
The loss drops the Ladycats to 8-5 and in a third-place tie with Cleburne in district play, while Crowley moves to 10-3.
The Ladycats will conclude district play on Tuesday at home against first-place Burleson.
Two Ladycats achieved a double double as Rhylie Makawe scored a team-high 19 points and collected 10 rebounds, and Rebekah Hissam added 11 points with a game-high 12 rebounds.
Crowley led 12-10 after the first quarter and 25-24 at the half. The Lady Eagles outscored the Ladycats 15-11 in the third period to take a 40-35 lead into the fourth quarter.
Aledo senior post Rhylie Makawe looks all business as she looks down low during a recent Ladycats game. The Ladycats will play for second place outright today in a District 8-5A basketball game at Crowley. Tip off is at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Bearcats/Eagles game at 8 p.m.
With a chance to not only sweep the season series but also to grab second place outright, the Aledo Ladycats basketball team will travel to Crowley for a 6:30 p.m. start in a key District 8-5A match up.
The Ladycats bring an 8-4 district mark into the contest. Although Crowley sits now at 9-3, a win by Aledo would give both teams a 9-4 record but Aledo would maintain control of second place due to a season sweep.
After a dramatic ceremony on Jan. 23 at the Aledo High School auditorium, Aledo "four star" recruit Ryan Newsome announced he would play football at UCLA.
However, in the wee morning hours of today Newsome called UCLA coaches and informed them he will instead play football beginning next fall at the University of Texas, joining former Bearcat All-American Johnathan Gray.
In a statement released to the media, Newsome said he had a change of heart when Texas head coach Charlie Strong "kept after me" after the receiver announced he was going to UCLA.
Newsome also said the change of heart happened when he realized it would be easier for his family to watch him play in Austin for the Longhorns.
Everman rebounded an Aledo three-pointer as time expired as the Bulldogs survived with a 51-48 win over the Bearcats Tuesday night in a District 8-5A contest at Everman.
The Bearcats built a 20-9 lead and had a 28-23 advantage at the half.
Aledo led 39-38 as the game moved to the fourth quarter before Everman took a lead with two minutes left that it would not relinquish.
The loss drops the Bearcats to 4-6 in 8-5A.
Ladycats 47, Everman 34
Aledo jumped out to a 13-2 lead and never looked back as the Ladycats ran past Everman, 47-34, in a District 8-5A game Tuesday night at Everman.
The win raises the Ladycats district mark to 8-4.
For more on both games see the Feb. 6 issue of The Community News.
Aledo sophomore post Cam Caldwell (1) elevates to block a shot during a recent game. The Bearcats and Ladycats will continue District 8-5A play today at Everman. The girls game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. followed by a scheduled 8 p.m. start for the boys.
District 8-5A basketball and soccer action continues today for the Aledo High School teams.
The AHS basketball teams will travel to Everman. The Ladycats and Lady Bulldogs will tip off at 6:30 p.m.
The Ladycats bring a 7-4 district mark into the contest, while Everman is still seeking its first district win.