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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
11-4A girls race clears; Kimball's Barrett injured

A. Maceo Smith (8-11, 5-2) knocked Kimball (13-7, 4-3) out of the four-way tie for second place in District 11-4A with a 42-30 victory Saturday, but Smith head coach Ira Peoples didn't so much credit the play of his girls as the absence of Kimball point guard Ish'Chet Barrett.

"Kimball lost the best point guard in the district to a knee operation," Peoples said. "She was the district MVP if you ask me. She's their leader. It's the steering wheel of a car. Without the wheel, the car won't go. It's the Lakers losing Kobe [Bryant] or the Mavs losing Dirk [Nowitzki]. It will show up immediately."

When the teams last played on Dec. 29, Barrett scored 25 points as Kimball won, 48-45. This time, A. Maceo Smith point guard Alisha White scored a game-high 17 points with no Barrett to slow her down.

With Barrett nursing her knee, Peoples like the chances of A. Maceo Smith heading to the playoffs.

"Id say the front-runners for the playoffs are the top four right now -- Carter, Seagoville, South Oak Cliff and myself," Peoples said. "There's a lot of work to be done, but we control our own destiny and feel pretty good about ourselves."

A. Maceo Smith has games remaining against the rest of the top four before ending the season against Kimball.