Johnson County schools entering home stretch of district play

Jan. 24—All of Johnson County's high school basketball teams have entered the second round of district play and competed recently in a slate of games Tuesday night.

The Cleburne Yellow Jackets are currently on a nine-game losing streak, most recently falling at the Midlothian Panthers, but have remained competitive losing several of those contests by single digit points. Up next, the Yellow Jackets will host the Burleson Elks at 7 p.m. Friday at Jeff Cody Arena.

Before the boys' game, the Cleburne Lady Yellow Jackets and Burleson Lady Elks will take center stage on the hardwood. The Lady Yellow Jackets (15-15, 4-8) dropped their last two contests against Joshua (45-43) and at Midlothian (48-40). Meanwhile, the Lady Elks (13-11, 5-5) sit one spot ahead of Cleburne in the District 8-5A Region I standings at fifth place. Cleburne will host Burleson in the girls' game at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

The No. 23 Godley Lady Wildcats (21-8, 8-0) sit atop District 10-4A Region II with the Alvarado Lady Indians (16-14, 8-1) and Kennedale (15-15, 8-2) lurking closely behind in the standings. Most recently, Godley defeated Hillsboro by a final score of 42-12. Up next, the Ladycats will host Kennedale at 5:45 p.m. Friday. The Godley Wildcats boys team (9-16, 0-7) is still in search of its first district win of the year and will get the opportunity at 7 p.m. Friday at home against Kennedale.

Also competing in District 10-4A Region II are the Alvarado Indians and Lady Indians basketball teams, who are currently in third and second place in their respective district standings. The boys squad (18-7, 4-3) avenged an earlier loss to Venus with a 50-26 romp Tuesday night. Up next, the Indians will face off against Hillsboro at the Eagles' gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Meanwhile, the Lady Indians' only loss in district play was a 65-52 defeat at district-leading Godley. Since then, the Lady Indians have gone 4-0 in league play and will look to make it 5-0 with a contest at Hillsboro at 6:15 p.m. Friday.

The Grandview boys and girls basketball teams are also competing for positioning in the postseason. The Zebras (12-12, 3-1) have won a string of close games recently and look to remain in the winning column at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Clifton while the Lady Zebras (23-6, 4-2) will take on the Lady Cubs at 6 p.m. The Lady Zebras squad recently avenged a 47-42 loss at West with a 44-38 triumph over the Lady Trojans at home.

In other Johnson County action, the Centennial Spartans and Lady Spartans will continue their respective postseason pushes. The Spartans (10-17, 5-6) have righted the ship in district play by winning four of their last six games, which has elevated them to fifth in the district standings. Meanwhile, the Lady Spartans (21-9, 8-4) currently sit in third place despite losing three of their last four district contests. Both of Centennial's squads will take on the Seguin Cougars on the road. The girls game will take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday with the boys game to follow at 7 p.m.

Also competing in District 8-5A Region I are the Joshua Owls (5-18, 1-7) and Lady Owls (16-14, 4-8), who are competing in a crowded district field. Most recently, the Owls lost a 75-71 contest at Seguin but will aim to bounce back at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home against Midlothian. The Lady Owls, who's last win came in the form of a 45-43 victory at Cleburne, will take on the Lady Panthers at 5:30 p.m. before the boys' contest.

The Keene Chargers (15-12, 4-0) and Lady Chargers (18-11, 2-4), who each picked up big road wins over Clifton on Tuesday night, will be back on their home court Friday night to compete against Maypearl. The Lady Chargers' game will tip off at 5:30 p.m. and the boys' contest will follow at 7:30 p.m. The Rio Vista Eagles (16-12, 4-0) and Lady Eagles (5-23, 0-6) continue with their respective seasons Friday night as well. After falling 41-26 at Italy on Tuesday night, the Lady Eagles will try to rebound for their first district win at 6 p.m. Friday at Hamilton. The boys team, who holds a one-game lead over Hamilton in District 12-2A Region II, took down the Italy Gladiators 60-42 as the visiting team the last time it took the court. Now, Rio Vista faces Hamilton for the first time this season at 7:30 p.m. after the girls' game.