It’s Tourney Time for HP Hoopers

The Lady Scots will compete in the Sandra Meadows Classic in Duncanville this week. (File photo: Chris McGathey)
The Lady Scots will face Bishop Lynch in the opening round of the Sandra Meadows Classic in Duncanville this week. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Many students might be resting up during the holiday break, but those on the basketball teams at Highland Park High School will be working hard.

Monday signals the start of the annual holiday tournaments on the hardwood, and both HP squads will face some tough competition.

That’s especially true for the girls, who are entered in the prestigious Sandra Meadows Classic in Duncanville, an event that includes some of the top programs in the country.

HP head coach Nicole Villarreal is a former Duncanville assistant, and she will return there to coach the Lady Scots for the first time on Monday during a first-round game against Bishop Lynch. They will meet either Garland Lakeview Centennial or nationally-ranked Duncanville in their second game.

The 32-team tournament includes eight squads from outside Texas, representing states such as Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, and California. Another 11 in-state squads are from outside the Dallas area. You can find a complete bracket here.

On the boys side, HP will travel again to the Allen Holiday Invitational, where the Scots will put their eight-game winning streak on the line against Frisco Heritage in the opening round on Monday.

HP will play four games over three days as part of the 16-team event, which also includes familiar foes Jesuit and St. Mark’s on the same side of the bracket. District 10-6A rivals Richardson Berkner and Lake Highlands also are in the field. The tournament bracket can be found here.

The HP boys will start district play on Saturday when they travel to Mesquite Horn. The Lady Scots will host Horn on the same day.

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