RIO VISTA — Before the Rio Vista Lady Eagles open postseason play, they’ll visit Whitney on Saturday in a tiebreaker for playoff seeding.
The Lady Eagles and Lady Wildcats will meet at 4 p.m. Saturday at Whitney High School to determine the third and fourth seeds from District 17-3A.
Rio Vista has qualified for the postseason for the fourth consecutive season, and for the first time under first-year had coach Misty Martin, who said Saturday’s tiebreaker match is important for two different reasons.
“Don’t get me wrong, I want the girls to win and they want to beat Whitney and get third place in district,” she said. “But I am looking at Saturday’s game more as a warmup game for whoever we will play on Tuesday for the bi-district game. Getting the girls ready and focused for Tuesday is more important for me right now than worrying about Saturday’s game against Whitney. We have played them twice and we know what we need to do and where we need to be on the court with them.”
The winner of the tiebreaker match will play Eustace at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Corsicana while the loser will face Scurry-Rosser at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Red Oak. Scurry-Rosser is ranked 10th in Class 3A with an overall record of 31-5 after going undefeated (14-0) in District 18-3A play while Eustace is 27-10 and went 11-3 in district.
The Lady Eagles went 19-15 in the regular season and 9-5 in District 17-3A play while Whitney went 30-14 overall and also 9-5 in league action.
Martin said Rio Vista has overcome some up-and-down moments throughout the season to qualify for the playoffs.
“I am beyond proud of how my girls have handled this season,” she said. “We started district in a slump from pre-season and had some issues that we had to overcome, but we did it and now here we are going into the playoffs. There were some games that we should have won, but we keep moving on to the next game and working on those mistakes we made. That’s what I wanted from the beginning of the season, to be able to move on and learn from our mistakes. And my girls have gotten better at it each and every day.”
As Rio Vista enters its tiebreaker match and, more importantly, the playoffs, Martin said the Lady Eagles need to be better defensively to find success.
“We really need to work on our blocking and being down and ready for coverage,” Martin said. “The girls like to watch the game a lot and forget to cover sometimes, so that is one of our main areas we need to better at.”