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The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches have just released their high school boys and girls rankings for the week, and quite a few teams from Deep East Texas are making their mark.

The Lufkin Panthers continue to be perfect in the 2022-2023 season. The Pack have played 15 games and have won every one of them. As a result, Lufkin is ranked #9 in the Class 5A rankings, and they are the only team in the top 10 that has yet to suffer a defeat. Last year, the Panthers advanced all the way to the regional quarterfinals in the Class 5A playoffs.

The Douglass Indians are also on a roll.  They have compiled a record of 11-1, good to set them up at #10 in the Class 2A rankings. Their only loss came against 9th-ranked Martins Mill.

On the girl's side of the ledger, the always-powerful Chireno Lady Owls are once again on a roll. They are ranked #9 in the state in Class 2A. They have won 18 out of 20 games. Their two losses have been by a combined 3 points.

Here's a look at some of the other area basketball teams that are ranked in the Top 25 in their respective classifications. Their current won-loss record as of Monday, December 12 is indicated in parenthesis.

Boys Basketball

Class 5A

  • 9. Lufkin (15-0)

Class 4A

  • 25. Center (8-3)

Class 3A

  • 8. Diboll (2-3)
  • 19. Central Heights (7-8)

Class 2A

  • 6. Timpson (0-0)
  • 8. Dallardsville Big Sandy (11-2)
  • 10. Douglass (11-1)
  • 13. Grapeland (8-2)

Class 1A

  • 12. Brookeland (12-4)
  • 15. Martinsville (13-4)

Girls Basketball

Class 3A

  • 13. Central Heights (13-4)

Class 2A

  • 9. Chireno (18-2)
  • 10. Tenaha (14-2)
  • 19. Dallardsville Big Sandy (14-3)
  • 24. Woden (10-4)

Class 1A

  • 16. Brookeland (12-4)

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