Galveston County high school basketball teams are down to three-and-a-half weeks left in the regular season, and while most of the playoff contenders are, at this point, fairly clear, there is still a lot that can happen.
Here’s a glance at how things are going:
Last week in review
District 24-6A teams wrapped up the first half of conference play last week in a week that the schedule was shaken up due to ice storms.
Clear Creek (6-1) defeated Clear Lake (5-2) on Thursday and Clear Falls (2-5) on Saturday to end 24-6A’s first half tied for first place. Dickinson (6-1) took care of business against Clear Falls and Clear Brook (3-4) to join Clear Creek atop the standings.
Clear Lake avoided dropping two games out of first place with a rebound win Saturday against Clear Springs (5-2), which with the loss, missed a chance to be a part of the first-place tie at the end of the first round.
In District 23-5A, Texas City (7-2 in district) began the second half of district play by squeaking out an overtime win on the road Thursday against rival Ball High (5-5) to remain firmly on the inside track for a playoff berth. Texas City had an open date for Saturday afternoon’s slate of games, while the Tors rebounded with a 60-46 win over Santa Fe (0-10) to keep playoff hopes alive.
Games to watch this week
Hitchcock at La Marque: The rivals meet in a game with playoff and District 24-3A championship implications. Hitchcock scored a decisive win in the first matchup in what, at the time, some considered an upset over the then-state-ranked Cougars. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at La Marque.
Clear Springs at Clear Creek: Barring any major upsets or injuries to key players in the second round of 24-6A play, both these teams look like they’ll be appearing in the postseason. But, playoff seeding and district championship implications will be at stake in this game 7 p.m. Tuesday at Carlisle Field House. Clear Creek won the first matchup in an impressive showing.
Dickinson at Clear Lake: The same thing that was said above about the Clear Springs-Clear Creek matchup can be said of this pivotal game, as Clear Lake hosts Dickinson at 7 p.m. Friday. Dickinson won an exciting game against Clear Lake in the first matchup.
Last week in review:
In District 24-6A, Clear Springs (9-0 in district) cleared its final major hurdle in the way of its path to a district championship when the Chargers decisively beat Clear Lake (7-2) on the road Saturday afternoon. Clear Creek (5-4) got a big win at Clear Falls (4-5) on Friday night to give its playoff chances a boost while putting a damper on those of the Knights.
Ball High (11-0) took care of business with impressive wins over Texas City (3-8) on Thursday and Santa Fe (3-9) on Saturday. The Lady Tors should keep cruising this week before a pair of tough tests next week — including a district championship showdown Feb. 2 at home against Manvel (11-1).
Hitchcock continued to decimate District 24-3A foes, routing the best competition the district has to offer, East Bernard and Altair Rice Consolidated, on Thursday and Friday.
Game to watch
Clear Creek at Clear Springs: After a rough start, Clear Creek showed the potential to be as good as any team in District 24-6A when they pulled away from Clear Falls for a big win on Friday. Well, the best the district has to offer is clearly Clear Springs, so the game 7 p.m. Tuesday should serve as a measuring stick for just how much a young Wildcats team has grown up this season.