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The Aledo Ladycats basketball team will face state-ranked No. 15 The Colony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in a Class 4A girls’ bi-district playoff game at Trophy Club Byron Nelson High School.
The Colony (23-9) is the second-place team from District 5-4A. The Colony is led by senior guards Darrein Williams and Tabbatha Thurmond, both averaging 12 points per game.
Junior guard Ashlee Ferguson – The Colony’s top three-point shooter - and senior post Angelina Curttie each average 10 points per contest.
“We want to build on our effort against Springtown,” Ladycats head coach Rusty Johnson said. “We need to take care of the ball, and we need to attack the boards on both ends.”
The Ladycats (24-6) will be without their leading scorer, junior guard Logan Mittie, who is out with a season-ending knee injury. Aledo, the third seed from District 6-4A, will feature freshman guard Mallory Powell, who has scored in double figures in six of AHS’ last seven games.
Along with Powell, sophomore guard Alanna Martin, senior post Tara Gough (team leader in rebounds), sophomore guard Caileen Tallant and junior guard Shelby Stockard are expected to start for the Ladycats, with senior guard Melissa Howell and junior wing Sarah Hawkins also possible starters who will play significant minutes.
“We will need Caileen and Mallory to give us perimeter scoring, but we will also try to get the ball down low to Tara and see what she can do,” Johnson said. “The Colony is not loaded with height, although they are extremely athletic, and we will have somewhat of a height advantage on them.
“This past weekend (in a tiebreaker game for first place against Denton Ryan) they only played six girls, so if we can dump the ball down low in the post, attack the basket and get them in foul trouble it will certainly play into our favor.”
The winner of the Aledo/The Colony bi-district playoff game will face the winner of the bi-district playoff game between state-ranked No. 1 Mansfield Timberview and Fort Worth Eastern Hills in the area playoffs.
The Aledo/The Colony game is the first of two Class 4A playoff contests at Bryon Nelson High School. Following the Ladycats game, No. 16 Springtown, the top seed from 6-4A, will face Denton Guyer, the fourth-place team from 5-4A, with a scheduled 7:30 p.m. tip off.