HALLSVILLE, Texas – Pleasant Grove (29-3) and Brownsboro (27-10) were on a roller coaster ride Tuesday, exchanging the lead throughout their Region II-4A quarterfinal game.
Senior Shanequa Henry, who had struggled at the free throw line, converted two charity shots in the final seconds to earn the Lady Hawks a 54-51 victory over the Lady Bears.
Pleasant Grove advances to the Region II-4A Tournament in Commerce Friday, where its will play the winner of the Aubrey-Dallas Lincoln game.
Henry, who has been the Hawks’ leader all season, produced at both ends of the court. She scored 16 points and 5 assists, while coming up with 7 steals. Mayia Ware had 10 points and 9 rebounds. Asia Lloyd tallied 12 points, while Keshawn Davis scored 10 points.
Lady Tigers bow out of playoffs
TYLER, Texas—This time Texas High’s comeback bid fell short.
The Lady Tigers, who overcame a 14-point run by Cleburne to win last week’s area-round game, couldn’t repeat the feat against North Forney, which posted a 54-47 victory Tuesday in the Class 5A, Region II quarterfinals matchup at Tyler Lee’s Red Raider Gym.
Trailing 22-18, the Lady Falcons tied the game with the first half’s final four points, then opened the third quarter with 11 straight and finished the period with a 38-27 lead.
But the Tigers didn’t quit, using full-court pressure to force several turnovers in the fourth quarter. Held without a 3-pointer in the first half, senior Antonia Porter hit four of the long bombs in the second, fueling Texas High’s rally.
Texas High pulled within 49-47 on a conventional 3-point play by Amiah Rone with 42 seconds left, but could get no closer. Kalyn Smith converted three of four free throws down the stretch to keep the Tigers at bay.
Porter finished with 16 points and junior Kerrighan Dunn 11. Texas High shot only 23 percent from the field compared to 40 percent for the Lady Falcons, who were led by Jordan Hammond’s 13 points and 11 each by Jordan Chambers and Smith.
North Forney advances to the regional tournament in Garland Friday. Texas High finishes the season at 27-9, including a school-record two playoff wins.
Hawks rout Henderson behind Wood
LONGVIEW, Texas – Pleasant Grove sent Henderson packing in Tuesday’s Region II-4A bi-district game, 69-54. Senior Kamren Wood poured in 30 points to lead the Hawks.
Pleasant Grove (16-15) will play Mabank or Quinlan Ford in the area round.
Rabbits outlast Winnsboro, 74-68
MOUNT PLEASANT, Texas – Atlanta’s Charlie Powell, Daimion Collins and Hunter Allen combined for 58 points Tuesday night to lead the Rabbits past Winnsboro, 74-68.
Powell poured in 21 of those points at Mount Pleasant High School. Collins added 19 points, while Allen scored 18.
The Rabbits (30-4) trailed 33-32 at halftime, capturing the lead in the third quarter. Both schools scored 28 points in the final eight minutes.
State-ranked Panthers eliminate L-E boys
MOUNT VERNON, Texas – State-ranked Spring Hill jumped out to an early lead and survived a Liberty-Eylau rally Tuesday night, 73-59. The Panthers improved to 35-3 on the year, while L-E bows out at 17-12.
Senior Dominique Williams led the Leopards with 13 points. Kentraile Atkins added 11 points, with Talveyion Cooper contributing 10.
Spring Hill’s next test will be Canton.
Arkansas High girls win finale
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas High’s girls won their regular season finale over J.A. Fair, 53-35.
Cedrianna Daniels poured in 18 points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds Tuesday to lead Arkansas High
Allyssa Young had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Backs, with Jamyia Montgomery contributing 10 points.
Avians Turner had 11 points for Fair, while Jalaya Avery added 10 points.