Texas High seniors played their final game at the Tiger Center Tuesday, and none had a bigger group of fans than team manager Taylor Turner.
Turner suited up for the first time and swished a 3-pointer in the final seconds that had the fans dancing in the stands. Otherwise, his shot was meaningless because Texas High (16-11, 7-5) raced past Pine Tree, 85-50.
The win means the Tigers finish 16-5A play in third place. They will play either Royse City or Forney in bi-district next week.
“We were going to finish third no matter what happened tonight, so I promised the seniors they could start,” Texas High coach Keith Jones said. “I had also promised to suit up Turner. His shot may have been the most exciting moment of the night.”
Texas High lost to Pirates earlier this season
Pine Tree beat the Tigers earlier this season, giving the Tigers motivation. Texas High exploded in the second quarter, outscoring the Pirates 27-12 for a 40-26 lead at intermission. Jones cleared his bench in the final eight minutes, and the Tigers buried the Pirates by scoring 30 of the game’s final 41 points.
Texas High had a balanced assault with C.J. Kelley and Kyle Wright scoring 15 points each. Cole Drumm scored 13, Caleb Wilson 12, and Elias Thurman 11.
In other Texarkana action, Arkansas High’s boys routed De Queen, 82-33. Fabion Phillips scored 19 points for the winners. However, the Lady Backs were beaten by De Queen, 62-43. Tyquiana Strickland led AHS with 12 points, while Kiara Young scored 10.
Pleasant Grove’s boys wrapped up the District 14-4A championship by whipping Atlanta, 69-44. Aaron Harmon scored 23 for the Hawks, while Xavier Benson contributed 13. The Hawk play Canton next Tuesday at Mount Vernon.
Liberty-Eylau’s boys are also playoff bound despite losing at North Lamar. The Leopards can thank Paris for beating Pittsburg. L-E will play 13-4A champion Brownsboro next Tuesday in Longview.
Atlanta’s girls were eliminated from the playoffs by Emory Rains, 50-45. Sheveonia Smith led the Lady Rabbs with 13 points. Brittany Collins scored 10 points.