Texarkana, TX 49° View Live Radar Wed H 55° L 46° Thu H 52° L 40° Fri H 56° L 38° Weather Sponsored By:

Lady Leopards get their rematch with Mabank

Lady Leopards get their rematch with Mabank

February 12th, 2018 by Josh Richert in Sports
Taylor Crabtree

LONGVIEW, Texas—Liberty-Eylau, coming off its District 14-4A championship, draws Mabank for the second straight year in the bi-district round of the girls basketball playoffs.

The Lady Leopards (21-11) and Lady Panthers clash at 6 p.m. Today as the opener of a doubleheader at Spring Hill's Panther Gym. Pleasant Grove and Van play the second game.

"We played Mabank early in the year and won by 23, but I'm sure they've gotten a lot better since then," Liberty-Eylau head coach Aquanetta Watson said. "They've got a really good point guard, who runs the show for them and creates open shots.

"They're pretty young, but what they do they do well."

Last year, when Mabank eliminated L-E, 62-33, the Panthers were district champions and the Leopards were a 4-seed. This year the roles are reversed.

Liberty-Eylau went 9-1 in district play, winning its final five games after a loss to Pleasant Grove to end the first half of league play.

In the starting lineup will be point guard Eliyah Howard and shooting guards Kaliyah Thompson and Taylor Crabtree. Derrica Henderson and Keeley Norris start at the posts.

Contributing off the bench for the Leopards will be guards Aaliyah Thompson, Kayla Norris, Danielle Thompson and Skylier Bailey. The backup forwards include Amoyia Gentry, Daycoria Meadows and Mycah Hurd.

"I don't expect to beat them by 23; everybody in the playoffs is here for a reason," Watson said. "Every team has a clean slate; we're all 0-0. I want to see my team start off strong.

"Over the past 10 district games, we haven't had a problem of showing up; our girls have been there in every game. I want us to play really good team defense and start off strong, and if we can do that I think the score will be in our favor at the end of the night."

The L-E and Mabank winner will play either Gilmer or Carthage in the area round later this week.

Getting Started/Comments Policy

Getting started

  1. 1. If you frequently comment on news websites then you may already have a Disqus account. If so, click the "Login" button at the top right of the comment widget and choose whether you'd rather log in with Facebook, Twitter, Google, or a Disqus account.
  2. 2. If you've forgotten your password, Disqus will email you a link that will allow you to create a new one. Easy!
  3. 3. If you're not a member yet, Disqus will go ahead and register you. It's seamless and takes about 10 seconds.
  4. 4. To register, either go through the login process or just click in the box that says "join the discussion," type your comment, and either choose a social media platform to log you in or create a Disqus account with your email address.
  5. 5. If you use Twitter, Facebook or Google to log in, you will need to stay logged into that platform in order to comment. If you create a Disqus account instead, you'll need to remember your Disqus password. Either way, you can change your display name if you'd rather not show off your real name.
  6. 6. Don't be a huge jerk or do anything illegal, and you'll be fine.

Texarkana Gazette Comments Policy

The Texarkana Gazette web sites include interactive areas in which users can express opinions and share ideas and information. We cannot and do not monitor all of the material submitted to the website. Additionally, we do not control, and are not responsible for, content submitted by users. By using the web sites, you may be exposed to content that you may find offensive, indecent, inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of the Gazette web sites and any content on the Gazette web sites, including, but not limited to, whether you should rely on such content. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you acknowledge that we shall have the right (but not the obligation) to review any content that you have submitted to the Gazette, and to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content that we determine, in our sole discretion, (a) does not comply with the terms and conditions of this agreement; (b) might violate any law, infringe upon the rights of third parties, or subject us to liability for any reason; or (c) might adversely affect our public image, reputation or goodwill. Moreover, we reserve the right to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content at any time, for the reasons set forth above, for any other reason, or for no reason. If you believe that any content on any of the Gazette web sites infringes upon any copyrights that you own, please contact us pursuant to the procedures outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Title 17 U.S.C. § 512) at the following address:

Copyright Agent
The Texarkana Gazette
15 Pine Street
Texarkana, TX 75501
Phone: 903-794-3311
Email: webeditor@texarkanagazette.com