The Parker Broncs will face a familiar opponent in the first round of the state 2A playoffs: the Arizona Lutheran Coyotes. The Coyotes defeated Leading Edge Academy, 64-44, in play-in game to qualify for the state playoffs.
The Broncs-Coyotes game will be played at 12 noon Feb. 15 at Prescott High School.
The Broncs have already played the Coyotes twice this year, and they won both times. The first time was a 70-64 overtime thriller Jan. 15 in Phoenix. The second was a 59-48 win Feb. 1 in Parker.
Parker is seeded No. 7 for the playoffs, while Arizona Lutheran is seeded No. 10.
The winner of the game will face the winner of the game between No. 15 Miami and No. 2 Alchesay in the second round. That game will be played at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16 at Findlay Toyota Center.
The Broncs took the 2A West region championship with a record of 7-1 in their section. They were 11-1 against 2A teams, and 15-3 overall. The Coyotes placed third in the 2A West with a record of 5-3. They were 13-3 against 2A teams and 14-4 overall.
On the girls’ side, the Broncs’ playoff hopes ended with 69-26 loss in a play-in game to the Phoenix Country Day School Eagles Feb. 12 in Phoenix.
The Parker girls finished the regular season with a 6-2 record against their 2A West opponents, which was good enough for second place. The Broncs were 7-5 against other 2A opponents and 9-9 overall. They often did not have a full team for games because they were dealing with injuries all season.
The Broncs had a play-in game in 2018, even though they won the 2A West title with a record of 10-0. Their overall record was 12-5. Despite this, the Arizona Interscholastic Association had them ranked lower (23rd) in 2018 than they were in 2019 (22nd).
The Eagles are seeded No. 11 going into the state playoffs. They’ll face the No. 6 seed, the Alchesay Falcons, in the first round. They game will be played at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15 at Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.