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Merkel Lady Badgers sending a message

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With a win over then-14th ranked Colorado City, the Merkel girls' basketball team believes their message to every other Class 3A team has been received.

The Lady Badgers defeated the Lady Wolves 41-31 last week to create a tie for second place in the district going into the final game of the regular season.

"With all of my post players and shooters, we've grown so much together and I really think this last win was a break-through for us," junior guard Kaydi Pursley said.

The victory may seem like an upset, but the Merkel players and coaches knew they could play with the best of the best. And now, everyone else knows it, too.

"We've known we had the capabilities to beat state-ranked teams because we've competed all year against those teams," head coach Laura Lange said. "To finally get the W against one of those state-ranked teams really set the momentum for us heading into the playoffs."

Merkel finishes its regular season on Tuesday night at Clyde, which with a win over the Lady Badgers would force a tie-breaker game with Stanton for the fourth and final playoff spot.

If Merkel and Colorado City earn the same result in their respective games on Tuesday, the two teams will play a seeding game to break their tie for second place.

That game would be Friday night at 6:00 at McMurry University's Kimbrell Arena.

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