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(March 2, 2015) — It wasn’t pretty, but in the state playoffs, it just has to be a win.
Lingleville (26-6) used a strong second quarter push to lead 25-15 at intermission and was ahead by at least six the rest of the way in a 45-34 area-round playoff victory over Zephyr at Gorman High School Monday evening.
The Cardinals led 9-2, but couldn’t continue that pace.
“We wanted to, but Zephyr adjusted,” said Lingleville coach Kade Eckert, whose club faces Graford at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Eastland High School. “We made a lot of mistakes, but we made the plays we needed to and we’re still alive, so we’ll take it.”
Tim Griffin poured in 17 points to pace the Cardinal offense, which was sluggish at times but did score 16 points in the second quarter. Jarod Hagood joined him in double figures with 10, while Brady Sult scored eight, Colbe Stoker six, Bailey Fenn three and Devon Corpus one.
No. 5 Graford (29-3) defeated Lingleville earlier this season, but Eckert is telling his team to look at the playoff rematch as a special opportunity.
“I told the guys after the game, we get the opportunity to play a perennial powerhouse. Since I’ve been here we’ve worked our tails off the last three years to make sure people know who Lingleville is,” Eckert said. “Our goal is to also be a perennial power, so that when people talk about 1A basketball they have to mention Lingleville. To reach that point, you have to beat someone who’s up on the mountain. (Tuesday) we have an opportunity to do that.”