Some big wins last week have set up some even bigger matchups for the early portion of the week ahead in Galveston County high school basketball. Here’s a look at what’s happening.

LAST WEEK’S OBSERVATIONS

All for Ball: Both the Ball High boys and girls basketball teams picked up close, critical victories over Crosby. The wins kept both teams undefeated in District 22-5A and tied atop the standings.

Multi-sport standout Nigel Green led the Tors in scoring, while Brianca Houston continued to be a welcomed top scorer for the Lady Tors, complimenting the one-two punch of Ariana Smith and Bebe Galloway. Both Green and Houston recorded double-doubles in their respective wins.

TUESDAY’S GAMES TO WATCH

Ball High at Friendswood girls: Someone’s “0” will have to go, as the Lady Mustangs (5-0 in District 22-5A) host the Lady Tors (5-0) in a battle for first place in the district. Both teams possess a close win over fellow playoff contender Goose Creek Memorial (3-2), and should expect another close one when they meet 7 p.m. Tuesday.

A win for Ball High all but assures the Lady Tors finish the first half of district play unbeaten, as they host last-place Baytown Lee (0-5) at 7 p.m. Friday. Friendswood will also have the opportunity to close out the first half unblemished with a win, but the Lady Mustangs will have no gimme 7 p.m. Friday at Crosby (3-2).

Clear Falls at Clear Creek girls: Expect a gritty, defensive battle, as these two playoff hopefuls lock horns 7 p.m. Tuesday looking to gain an edge in the crowded top of the District 24-6A standings. Both the Knights (4-1 in district) and the Wildcats (3-1) will be looking to avoid the second loss of their 24-6A seasons, which could put a slight bump on their path to the playoffs.

Clear Creek and Clear Falls are both coming off of close losses to Clear Lake (3-1), which faces Clear Springs (3-1) at 7 p.m. Tuesday in another key matchup. A win for the Knights will see them end the first half of district play at least tied for first place, while the Wildcats could accomplish the same feat with a win over Clear Falls and over Clear Springs at 7 p.m. Friday.

ALSO ON THE SCHEDULE TUESDAY

Boys:

Friendswood at Ball High, 7 p.m.

Clear Creek at Clear Falls, 7 p.m.

Clear Lake at Clear Springs, 7 p.m.

Goose Creek Memorial at Santa Fe, 7 p.m.

Texas City at Crosby, 7 p.m.

La Marque at Van Vleck, 7 p.m.

East Bernard at Hitchcock, 7:30 p.m.

Girls:

Santa Fe at Goose Creek Memorial, 7 p.m.

Crosby at Texas City, 7 p.m.

La Marque at West Columbia, 6:30 p.m.

East Bernard at Hitchcock, 6:15 p.m.

DISTRICT GLANCE

District 24-6A girls

Clear Falls — 4-1

Clear Lake — 3-1

Clear Creek — 3-1

Clear Springs — 3-1

Alvin — 1-3

Dickinson — 1-4

Clear Brook — 0-4

Friday’s results:

Clear Lake 38, Clear Falls 34

Clear Springs 69, Alvin 54

Dickinson 60, Clear Brook 48

(Open) Clear Creek

District 22-5A girls

Ball High — 5-0

Friendswood — 5-0

Goose Creek Memorial — 3-2

Crosby — 3-2

Santa Fe — 2-3

Texas City — 2-3

Baytown Lee — 0-5

Galena Park — 0-5

Friday’s results:

Ball High 47, Crosby 44

Friendswood 43, Galena Park 14

Santa Fe 67, Baytown Lee 52

Goose Creek Memorial 66, Texas City 28

District 24-6A boys

Dickinson — 3-0

Clear Creek — 2-0

Clear Lake — 1-1

Clear Brook — 1-1

Clear Springs — 1-2

Clear Falls — 1-2

Alvin — 0-3

Friday’s results:

Clear Lake 70, Clear Falls 48

Clear Springs 66, Alvin 40

Dickinson 65, Clear Brook 45

(Non-district) Clear Creek 67, Brazosport 31

District 22-5A boys

Ball High — 3-0

Texas City — 3-0

Crosby — 2-1

Friendswood — 2-1

Goose Creek Memorial — 1-2

Baytown Lee — 1-2

Galena Park — 0-3

Santa Fe — 0-3

Friday’s results:

Ball High 57, Crosby 54

Friendswood 47, Galena Park 42

Baytown Lee 78, Santa Fe 45

Texas City 56, Goose Creek Memorial 42

James LaCombe: 409-683-5242, james.lacombe@galvnews.com or on Twitter @JamesAtGalvNews

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