By GREG WEBB
ALEDO — Just by happenstance, or some kind of fate to make the final stretch more interesting, the Aledo Ladycats’ final four District 7-4A basketball matches queue up to present a potentially-more challenging contest with each game. On the least-challenging end of the spectrum, Western Hills filled that bill on Friday, as Aledo hammered the Lady Cougars, 102-17.
“Southwest is going to be tougher when we play them at their place on Monday,” said Aledo head coach Rusty Johnson, “because they are battling for a playoff spot.
“And then we catch Granbury and then Trimble Tech again right before the playoffs.”
Southwest, due up on Monday, is trying to grab a four-seed to make postseason play. The Granbury Lady Pirates, who beat Southwest on Friday and lost to Aledo by just six points in their initial district meeting, still has eyes on a run to at least share the district crown.
Fort Worth’s Trimble Tech handed Aledo its first district loss in three years and will attempt to repeat the feat in the district finale against the Ladycats, set for Tuesday, Feb. 5.
Aledo can simplify the equation, for themselves anyway, by winning out to grab the top seed and win the district title outright.
“[Preparing for this final run] is where we have been headed for as a team,” Johnson said. “We’ve been trying to make our practices more competitive.
“That’s been our primary goal because these final three games are going to be a challenge.”
If the rout over Western Hills is any indication, the Ladycats may well be peaking at the right time, realizing each match is potentially going to be tougher than the one before.
“We’ve had a great week of practice,” Johnson said. “We wanted to take [that intensity] into this game tonight, and I think we did that.”