The Alice Lady Coyotes couldn’t have picked a better place to go head-to-head against one of the top girls basketball teams in the state.

As the third-place team in District 29-5A, the Lady Coyotes are matched-up against the state-ranked Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial Eagles in the bi-district round of the Class 5A playoffs.

Alice coaches won the coin toss Wednesday to decide where the playoff game is to be played, and now Veterans is having to come to the Alice High School gym to begin the postseason. The bi-district playoff game is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday here in Alice. The winner will advance to the area round of the state playoffs.

Veterans Memorial won a share of the District 30-5A championship with Victoria West, however, they enter the playoffs as the district runner-up. The Eagles are ranked No. 9 in 5A, according to the Texas High School Girls Coaches Association. They are 27-4 for the season.

The Lady Coyotes are beginning the playoffs as the second runner-up in 29-5A. They locked up the position Tuesday with a 38-35 win on the road against Laredo Martin.

Alice coach Amanda Gonzalez knew her team would face a stern challenge to begin the playoffs, but said any team in the bracket is a worthy opponent.

“Anybody you face in the playoffs is going to be good,” Gonzalez said. “That’s just the way it is.”

The Lady Coyotes played the Eagles in the preseason, and since then Veterans has proven to be the type of team that can play a variety of defenses from man-to-man to press coverage.

“It’s going to be a matter of preparing for anything they can throw at us,” she said. “For us, we’re going to have to play basic fundamental basketball by shooting, passing and taking care of the ball. We’re going to have to make sure we can handle the pressure they put on us.”