It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, as the Texas High School Basketball season has reached Tournament Season. Teams are playing more games than usual and doing so against teams they don’t usually get the opportunity to play against.
With so many games going on, it allowed more opportunities than ever for changes to be made to Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll. This week, all three Hopkins County teams who have been featured remain in the Top-25 of their classifications, with two of them even climbing a few spots.
Sulphur Springs Wildcats
The Sulphur Springs Wildcats opened the season at No. 10 in 4A, and their hot start kept them inside the Top-10. After a pair of wins over ranked opponents, the Wildcats no find themself at No. 8, reaching a new season-high so far.
Sulphur Springs dropped a pair of games against bigger squads in tournament action, though both games were close. They fell to Frisco Liberty by just two points, and even had multiple opportunities to tie it up or take the lead.
Their other loss came at the hands of Mansfield, and they were within one-score in the fourth quarter of that one as well. Even with the pair of losses the Wildcats are 8-2, and should have the chance to continue to climb higher and higher.
North Hopkins Panthers
The North Hopkins Panthers have continued their strong start as well, winning six of their first eight games to open the season. This week, the Panthers are No. 16, sitting firmly outside the Top-20 and right outside of the Top-15.
Four of the Panthers six wins have been by double-digits, and even with a pair of losses under their belt, they are winning games on average by a score of 58-42. North Hopkins will travel to Chisum for a road match this week, before playing in another tournament this weekend, giving them a chance to pick up more wins and continue to climb in the rankings.
Saltillo Lady Lions
The Saltillo Lady Lions arguably have had the best start of any Hopkins County team, going 10-2 to open the year, and doing so in fashion. Their only two losses have come against No. 1 ranked Huckabay and Canton, who is ranked No. 24 in 4A.
In their loss to the No. 24 ranked 4A Lady Eagles, Saltillo was able to force overtime. They also had to play the final few minutes with just three players, and still were able to keep it a six-point game, falling 70-64.
Saltillo was in the Top-15 all year, but this week they, like Sulphur Springs, reach a new season-high, coming in at No. 9. They will host Union Hill for their district opener this week, before resuming tournament play.
At the rate the Lady Lions are going, they will have the opportunity to not only stay inside the Top-10, but perhaps even crack the Top-5.