The Carlisle Lady Bison and Junior Lady Bison will play in the semifinals of the 2A-6 district tournament this week at Clarendon High School.
The Junior Lady Bison are the top seed in the tournament and will play today at 4 p.m. The Lady Bison, the second seed in the tournament, will play Friday at 6:30 p.m. The junior high finals are Saturday at 2 p.m. The senior high finals are Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
The Lady Bison are already qualified for the Class 2A East Region Tournament, which starts Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Bison Arena in Carlisle. However, by the time they play in the semifinals against either Hughes or Hazen, the Lady Bison will have gone 10 days without having played a game. Their last game was a 50-16 win over Palestine-Wheatley on Feb. 11 at Bison Arena.
“Anytime you have to wait that long between games, it can be tough,” Carlisle coach Jonathan Buffalo said. “We’ve done a few different things to try to keep things fresh.”
Buffalo said the layoff can be good to help players get over nagging injuries.
“We can rest our legs and get ready but we don’t know who we are playing,” he said. “It’s always tough to beat a team for the third time. We’ve beaten both of them twice.”
Carlisle (17-8) beat Hazen 47-40 on Jan. 6 and 59-35 on Jan. 17; Carlisle beat Hughes 47-33 on Jan. 14 and 54-35 two weeks ago.
“We’ve got to rise up to the challenge,” Buffalo said. “It’s that time of the year. You get at least one-point victories and you move on.”
If Carlisle wins the district tournament, it will play in the first round of the regional Wednesday at 4 p.m. If they finish fourth in district, the Lady Bison will play Wednesday at 7 p.m.
If the Lady Bison are second in district, they will play Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. If they are third, they will play Feb. 27 at 4 p.m.
“We’re excited … we’re qualified for the regional tournament,” Buffalo said. “You’ve only got to win one game to go to state. The district tournament is huge because you set yourself up for the regional tournament. Our ultimate goal is to have that one seed. If we win the district championship, that we weren’t able to get last year, then we will play the other conference’s fourth seed.”