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Girls Basketball Playoffs Heat Up

Region III of the Class 5A girls playoff bracket consists entirely of Houston area teams. Now that we're at the regional semifinals, it's all but guaranteed that a Houston area team is going to state. Who are the contenders?

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District 18-5A champion Elsik will take on 24-5A champ Clear Springs on Friday while 17-5A champ Cy Falls will face 21-5A champ North Shore at the Aldine ISD Campbell Center. The regional finals will be played the next day, deciding which of those lucky schools is going to Austin.

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Last season, both Hightower and Cy-Fair made it to the state tournament. Hightower was knocked out of the playoffs by Clear Springs Tuesday in the regional quarterfinals while Cy-Fair lost to Katy Taylor in the area round, guaranteeing a new team will be heading to state.

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Unfortunately, one of the four aforementioned will be the only Houston-area 5A team at state. Atascocita and The Woodlands both made it to the regional quarterfinals, but fell Wednesday to Georgetown and Pflugerville, respectively.

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Elsik is no stranger to the state tournament, making three straight state title appearances from '96-'98 and winning the Class 5A title in '98. None of the other three have made it to state before.

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