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A day after the No. 22 Flagstaff boys basketball team upset No. 11 Coconino, the schools' girls teams found out they too might face off in the postseason.

The Flagstaff Eagles (18-1) earned the No. 3 seed in the 4A Conference state tournament, with the Coconino Panthers (16-3) placed at No. 6. Flagstaff beat Coconino on its home floor 54-21 on Feb. 2, with the Jan. 9 meeting also ending in an Eagle victory 66-37 on the Panthers' home floor.

In order to meet for a third time this year, both schools will need to win rematches with opponents from earlier this season. Flagstaff drew the No. 14-seeded Lee Williams Volunteers (10-8), who upset Cactus Shadows 44-42 in the play-in round.

The Falcons had handed the Eagles their lone regular-season loss, but fell at home to the Volunteers on Thursday. Flagstaff had little trouble with Lee Williams in two Grand Canyon Region meetings this season, winning 71-21 on its home floor Dec. 5 and sweeping the season series in Kingman 59-25 on Jan. 12.

Meanwhile, the Panthers will face the No. 11 St. Mary's Knights in the first round. Losing 44-42 at the Pepsi Holiday Tournament on Dec. 8, Coconino dropped just two other 4A games since, both to rival Flagstaff.

Both first-round games will be played in Flagstaff, tipping off at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Wins by both schools would lead to a third meeting Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Flagstaff's boys team also found out its next opponent, with the Eagles heading to Phoenix on Wednesday to face the top-seeded Shadow Mountain Matadors at 6:30 p.m.

Routinely bearing teams by at least 30 points and scoring in the 100s throughout the season, the Matadors will meet the Eagles for the third time in the past five state tournaments. Beating Flagstaff 83-58 in the 2013 Division II state title, Shadow Mountain won again in the 2015 state quarterfinals, 73-45.


Sports Reporter

Cody Bashore serves as the beat writer for Northern Arizona University basketball and football in addition to covering high school sports around Flagstaff for the Arizona Daily Sun.

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