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Hale Center traveled down to Sudan Tuesday night for a district double-header.

In the first of two matchups, the Lady Nettes dominated in the first half out-scoring Hale Center 21-6 in the first and expanding on the lead even further in the second quarter. With a 46-21 lead at the half, this game turned from a district matchup to a celebration as Sudan counted down the seconds until they were named district champs. Sudan pulled away with a 75-43 victory.

Thanks to an Olton loss earlier in the day, Sudan’s win over Hale Center gave the Lady Nettes the outright district championship. This championship marks the third straight for Sudan. They currently have two games left in the regular season including a Friday matchup against Smyer. They will enter the playoffs as the top seed out of district 4-2A.

The Lady Owls are still fighting for playoff position. The loss to Sudan places them in a tie with Olton for second place at 8-4. Lockney and Floydada are right behind them at 7-5 and 6-5, respectively. Due to how close the playoff race is in the district, it is very plausible that Hale Center could miss the playoffs. The Owls have two tough matchups coming up against New Deal and Lockney, both of which they lost to in their first go-round. Losses to one or both of them could put them in serious danger of missing out on the postseason after starting out 5-0 in district play.

Switching over to the men’s side, the Owls took care of business, outscoring Sudan in every quarter on their way to a 68-47 win. Trey Coleman led the way with 23 points.

Like the Lady Owls, Hale Center is in a tight playoff race. Lockney is nipping at their heels for the fourth and final playoff spot. Lockney is one game behind the Owls at 4-6 (Hale Center is 5-5) in district. The two squads will match up against one another on Feb. 7 in a pseudo-playoff qualifier matchup.

Ma'Rico Holland

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