Edinburg High's A'nnika Saenz (10) makes a steal against and Economedes in the first half of a high school basketball game at Edinburg Economedes High School main gym on Thursday, Jan.21,2021. Photo by Delcia Lopez/The Monitor | dlopez@themonitor.com

For the third time in 2021, six high school girls basketball teams across the Rio Grande Valley earned statewide rankings in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association polls released Monday afternoon.

Headlining the six Valley teams cracking this week’s TGCA basketball rankings were a pair of the top Class 6A squads across South Texas: Edinburg High and Harlingen High.

Edinburg High (16-3) rose to No. 13 in the state after the team tallied its 13th consecutive win during a week in which the Bobcats tallied three wins in three days against Mission High, Edinburg Economedes and La Joya High all by 40 points or more.

It’s the highest ranking the Bobcats have achieved so far this season in the TGCA poll.

Harlingen High (17-2), meanwhile, returned to the TGCA’s Class 6A rankings for the first time since the start of the new year after beginning the season as the Rio Grande Valley’s only ranked team in the preseason.

The Cardinals, who clocked in at No. 25 in the latest TGCA rankings, have rolled through a deep slate of District 32-6A competition with multiple wins against Los Fresnos and Weslaco High in district play, both of which have also appeared in the Class 6A TGCA poll this season.

Edinburg High returns to action this week with back-to-back games against crosstown rival Edinburg North at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, while Harlingen will host Los Fresnos at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

In Class 5A, Brownsville Veterans (17-2) remained at No. 25 in the state for the third consecutive week. The Chargers, who remain unbeaten in District 32-5A, will travel to Donna High for their next game at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

The top-ranked team in the Rio Grande Valley this week in the TGCA polls, however, is Rio Hondo (10-0) in Class 4A. The Bobcats, the RGV’s lone remaining unbeaten team, climbed from No. 13 to No. 12 in this week’s rankings matching Los Fresnos for the highest statewide ranking in a TGCA poll this season.

Rio Hondo will return to action when the team travels to Grulla at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday as the Bobcats begin round two of district play in 32-4A.

For the third consecutive week, a pair of District 31-3A teams earned spots in the TGCA’s Class 3A rankings with Donna IDEA (16-4) and Lyford (16-4) each rising one spot from No. 20 to 19 and No. 24 to 23, respectively.

The Titans and Bulldogs are set to face one another at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Donna in what will be the first meeting between two state-ranked teams on the basketball court this season in the Rio Grande Valley.

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