Kerrighan Dunn’s buzzer-beater spoils Lindale’s upset bid; Eagles’ boys stun THS

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Texas High senior Kerrighan Dunn comes out of the stands Friday night after hugging family and friends. Dunn scored 36 points, including a buzzer-beater that gave the Lady Tigers a 70-68 victory over Lindale.

 

Lindale’s inspired play Friday at the Tiger Center brought out the best of senior Kerrighan Dunn and her Texas High teammates.

Dunn had the ball near mid-court with 30 seconds left in the game. The strategy was for her to run the clock under 10 seconds, penetrate and shoot. Dunn started for the basket with 4.7 seconds on the clock, swishing a 12-footer from the baseline at the buzzer to give Texas High’s girls a 70-68 win. Dunn scored a career-high 36 points with six 3-pointers.

“Kerrighan made her move a little late, but what an awesome way to end the game,” said winning coach Shonda Wilson. “It was a great game, Lindale came to win. We had to go get it. Kerrighan is special, she’s special. Whoever gets her is going to get a good one.

“This group of girls fight, they fight until the end. There’s only three girls on this team that had played varsity before this season.”

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Northcross burns Lindale’s defense

Ashanti Northcross was one of those three. She poured in 17 points, with two treys.

The Lady Tigers (13-10, 5-2) are currently tied with Mount Pleasant for second place in District 15-5A. Lindale falls to 8-16 on the year and 1-6 in league play.

Lily Chamberlain was one of five Lindale players scoring in double digits with 16. Shelbi Steen added 15, with Brenley Philen and Brooke Everest scoring 12 each. Everest had four 3-pointers. Kaylaya Pierce contributed 10 points for the Eagles.

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Tigers’ Montarius Johnson (10) leaps high for two points Friday against Lindale.

Tigers steal only first quarter basket

Texas High’s gold card must have expired. The Tigers had to steal the only basket they made in the first quarter Friday at the Tiger Center.

Lindale (13-10, 3-3) is tied with Texas High in the District 15-5A standings. The Eagles outscored THS 16-2 in the first eight minutes on their way to a 52-46 win. The Tigers’ two points came on a steal, and layup by Ben DePriest.

The Eagles scored the game’s first 10 points. DePriest’s made his steal with 2:44 left in the first period.

THS (13-14, 3-3) never led in the game, but pulled within two points (46-44) with 1:07 left. The Tigers trailed by four points with 11.9 seconds remaining when an intentional foul was called with Lindale throwing the ball inbounds. Two free throws put the contest out of reach.

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Tiger defenders Michael Thomas (14) and Zane Dodson (22) trap a Lindale player.

Koesmall ignites Lindale’s boys

Jacob Koesmall ignited the Eagles’ run in the first quarter with eight of his 11 points. Colton Taylor kept Lindale on top in the second stanza with seven of his team-high 16 points.

The Tigers made their charge in the third period behind Michael Thomas and C.J. Kelley. Thomas scored eight of his game-high 18 points to keep Texas High’s hopes alive in the second quarter. He added five points in the third period, and Kelley’s thunder-dunk with 52 seconds left pulled THS within three points (35-32). The cold-shooting Kelley made only one other field goal, but was 5 of 5 from the charity stripe.

Junior Gavon Smith also played well for the Tigers, finishing his night with eight points.