TRENTON — When the Sam Rayburn Lady Rebels looked behind them in the district standings, what they saw was a very fine line of playoff demarcation not very far from where they stood.

TRENTON — When the Sam Rayburn Lady Rebels looked behind them in the district standings, what they saw was a very fine line of playoff demarcation not very far from where they stood.


Four teams were within two games of each other and someone is going to be left home when the postseason starts in two weeks.


After losing all five starters following an undefeated district run, Sam Rayburn might have headed into this season with the modest goal of just getting back to the playoffs. But the Lady Rebels are on the verge of another 15-A (I) crown after a 53-29 victory against third-place Trenton on Friday night.


"Losing five starters and 50 points per game, the girls have heard it," Sam Rayburn head coach David Guadiano said. "It’s not about who we aren’t. It’s about who we are."


Heather Mason had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Courtney Clark added 12 points and three steals and Keely Spence chipped in seven points, five steals and four assists for the Lady Rebels (18-7, 10-1), who locked up a playoff spot and have a two-game lead for the district title with three games left. Sam Rayburn can earn no worse than a share of the top spot with a home victory over Bland on Tuesday.


"It’s a tribute to their work ethic, to buy into the team concept," Guadiano said. "Filled those big shoes."


The loss knocked Trenton (11-11, 7-4) into fourth place and the Lady Tigers are a game back of both Celeste and Bland with three games remaining in the fight to make the postseason. Trenton plays at Celeste on Tuesday before closing with Wolfe City and Boles.


"We have to win two of the three to get in," Trenton head coach Mike Jones said. "If you want to say we’re in a playoff right now, we are."


Bria Green scored 18 points to lead the Lady Tigers and spent a majority of the game matching Mason’s offensive effort. The freshman scored 11 of Trenton’s 15 first-half points.


But Mason was equal to the task at the other end of the floor. She helped the Lady Rebels get off to the quick start with 11 points in the first quarter as Sam Rayburn took a nine-point lead after the first eight minutes and led by 10 at the break.


Trenton cut the deficit to 18-15 in the middle of the second quarter before Spence hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key and Clark had a steal and lay-in that pushed the advantage back to double-digits.


Green was held to just two points in the final quarter and a half with no other Lady Tiger scoring more than four points. Trenton has been hurt by the loss of Jordan Withrow, who is done for the season with a broken left hand suffered three games ago.


"Depth is something that hurts us," Jones said. "Our guard play hasn’t been good."