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Basketball: Playoff quests continue

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Following the first round of the playoffs, three area girls teams maintain hopes of reaching the UIL state tournament in Austin, while the boys start their playoff treks next week.

Coming off an opening-round win, the Guyer Lady Wildcats (22-8) will attempt to carry momentum into their Class 4A Region I area-round game against Waco. The teams are slated to play at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Waxahachie High School.

Waco defeated Fort Worth Southwest 66-49 in the bi-district round. Guyer defeated Saginaw Boswell 47-37 on Tuesday night.

In the Class 3A Region II bracket, Argyle (27-6) will play Wilmer-Hutchins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mansfield. Argyle is coming off a 48-41 win over Sanger on Tuesday and now faces the District 11-3A champion.

Krum (24-6) enters its 3A Region II matchup against Princeton fresh off a first-round bye. The teams will square off at 7 p.m. Friday at McKinney Boyd. If Krum and Argyle win, the two teams will meet in the third round.  Princeton enters the contest after knocking off Ferris in the bi-district round 33.

On the boys side, Guyer and Denton will play in a doubleheader at Keller Timber Creek next Tuesday to tip off the postseason. Denton (16-14) will face Saginaw Boswell in the Class 4A Region I playoffs at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Guyer (23-6) will face either Saginaw or Birdville in the bi-district round.

Guyer won the District 5-4A title, and Denton came in third after losing to Trophy Club Byron Nelson in its regular-season finale.

Sanger (15-16) will play Carrollton Ranchview in a 3A Region II bi-district game Tuesday at Lake Dallas.

Argyle (23-9) and Ponder (27-8) have first-round byes in the Class 3A and Class 2A playoffs, respectively. Ponder and Brock flipped for the first seed out of District 9-2A, and Ponder won the coin toss. Argyle went undefeated in district play to win the 10-3A crown.