The Creston girls basketball team found out its postseason fate Monday when the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union announced its regional pairings.
The Panthers draw a tough Class 4A Region 7 that includes a pair of Hawkeye 10 foes, and teams from central Iowa.
Creston must travel to Glenwood to take on the Rams in the opening round of the regional at 7 p.m. on Feb. 13.
The Rams already own a pair of victories over the Panthers this year, defeating them 51-34 in Glenwood on Dec. 7 and again 53-39 in Creston on Jan. 15.
Should the Panthers survive that test against Glenwood, the road doesn’t get any easier, as Class 4A ninth-ranked Lewis Central hosts the winner of the Creston vs. Glenwood game.
Lewis Central defeated Creston 63-27 back on Nov. 30. The two teams meet again on Feb. 2 in Council Bluffs.
The Titans scored a four-point victory over Glenwood on Dec. 4 and then routed the Rams in Glenwood, 56-18, on Jan. 11.
The other side of Region 7 includes Carlisle, Knoxville and fifth-ranked Indianola.
The state berth from Region 7 will be decided at 7 p.m. on Feb. 19 in Atlantic.
In Class 2A Region 6, Mount Ayr draws a tough matchup in the first round, traveling to Leon to take on Central Decatur at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9.
Central Decatur owns a 39-31 road win over Mount Ayr already this season.
The winner of that game moves on to take on 12th-ranked Des Moines Christian in Urbandale on Feb. 12.
Other teams in Mount Ayr’s half of the bracket include Madrid, Colfax-Mingo and 13th-ranked Woodward-Granger. On the opposite side of the bracket are Van Buren, Pekin, Cardinal, Eddyville-Blakesburg, Pella Christian and North Mahaska.
In Region 7, Nodaway Valley draws a bye in the first round and will play the winner of West Central Valley and Van Meter at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 in Greenfield.
The Wolverines could face second-rated IKM-Manning in the regional semifinals in Manning. Underwood or Griswold would meet IKM-Manning in the quarterfinals.
On the opposite side of the bracket are AHST, Riverside, Clarinda Academy, East Mills, Audubon and Treynor.
Class 1A Region 7 is loaded with area teams.
East Union meets Lamoni on the road in the opening round on Feb. 7, while Lenox hosts Corning and Orient-Macksburg travels to Villisca.
Murray awaits the winner of East Union and Lamoni on Feb. 12. The winner of Corning vs. Lenox meets the winner of the Orient-Macksburg vs. Villisca game in Villisca.
On the opposite side of the bracket sits Sidney, Nishnabotna, CAM, Stanton and top-ranked Bedford.