It will be a battle of two of the best Class 4A basketball teams in Ellis County tonight as the Midlothian Panthers and Red Oak Hawks square off in regional quarterfinal action.

Tonight’s tip is scheduled for 7:30 at Mansfield Timberview High School.

Midlothian (21-11) represents District 16-4A while the Hawks (24-9) represent 15-4A.

The winner will advance to the Class 4A Region II Tournament on Friday at the Garland Special Events Center to face the winner of Dallas Pinkston and Dallas Lincoln.

The game is being played tonight due to most area schools taking TAKS tests on Wednesday. A late night before a big test would not be good for any students involved officials feel.

Complete coverage of the game in tomorrow’s paper.