If the high school basketball seasons ended Tuesday, three Bryan-College Station boys teams and three girls teams in District 18-5A would make the playoffs.
Bryan’s boys team is on the outside looking in at fifth place and the Consol girls have the the task of digging themselves out of an 0-6 hole to begin district play.
Rudder will take its district bye Tuesday and Bryan will take its Friday.
With a lot of quality 18-5A basketball games on the docket this week, here are four games to keep an eye on.
Consol (8-15, 0-6) at Waco (2-4, District 18-5A), 6:30 p.m., Tuesday
There’s no denying Consol has had a tough start to district play. The Lady Tigers lost by a point to Temple, who’s 5-1 in district, in their district opener and proceeded to lose their next five.
Waco has had its fair share of struggles in district play as well. Look for the Lady Tigers to break their losing streak against Waco. Consol is coming off a 72-58 loss to Rudder, being on the wrong side of an extremely hot Rudder shooting night.
UMass commit and Consol senior guard Aerial Starks is one of the most talented -- if not the most talented -- guards in the district. She had 20 points in the loss to Rudder. Point guard Lydia Garcia has also come on strong down the stretch.
Expect the Lady Tigers to find the win column before another matchup against Temple on Friday.
Rudder (16-6, 5-1) at Waco, 6:30 p.m., Friday
Rudder already beat Waco 69-47 on Dec. 13 and should win comfortably once again after a bye on Tuesday. But this game immediately becomes a must-watch because of the circumstances surrounding the top of the standings.
College Station, Temple and Rudder are each tied for first place in 18-5A and the teams they match up on Friday have a combined two district wins, both from Waco. After playing Waco, the Lady Rangers will take on Temple and College Station in that order.
The Lady Rangers may be the most dominant post team in the district, led by senior Deysta Wilbert and freshman Deondra Young.
They’ll need to stay sharp against a struggling Waco team before a tough stretch of games.
Bryan (19-5, 2-3) at College Station (16-4, 3-1), 6:30 p.m., Tuesday
Bryan wraps up the first round of its district slate with a matchup against College Station, 18-5A’s second-place team. The Vikings stumbled out of the gates, losing their first three district games, but answered with wins over Waco and Temple last week.
The Vikings, who are in fifth place behind Consol, have a chance to keep the good times rolling and make a statement win before their district bye Friday.
Bryan junior Zach Nutall has shown the ability to take over games with his scoring prowess and had 27 points in the win over Temple. But College Station matches with a pair of quality senior post players in Zane Stavinoha and Cannon Davis.
A win over College Station would immediately throw the Vikings back into the thick of things in 18-5A, while a loss could leave them in a precarious position in the standings.
College Station at Waco University (18-8, 4-0), 6:30 p.m., Friday
University has made quick work of 18-5A thus far, winning its first four games, including wins of at least 15 points over Consol, Rudder and Bryan.
If the Trojans complete the B-CS sweep in the first round of district play, that could be a troubling sign heading into the last stretch of the regular season.
Not to mention, University was the second-ranked team in Monday’s Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 5A rankings. However, College Station, Bryan and Rudder will get a chance to play University at home in the second half of district play.
College Station has rattled off three straight district wins after losing its opener to Consol. Strong post-play from Stavinoha and Davis, coupled with solid guard-play from sophomores Kit Cawley and Cade Kortan, could lead the Cougars to becoming the first 18-5A team to knock off the Trojans.
An X-factor for College Station will be senior Thayman House, the team’s most prolific 3-point threat, who had 11 points against Temple last Tuesday despite a rough shooting night.