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Mansfield Rotary Invitational: Summit girls fall in semifinals (Day 2)
MANSFIELD - Before it could advance to the championship game at the Mansfield Rotary Invitational, the Pflugerville girls basketball team had to win at 11-on-11.
Pflugerville, the state's 11th-ranked Class 5A team, faced 4A No. 11 Mansfield Summit in the semifinals Tuesday.
Junior forward I'tiana Taylor scored a team-high 10 points to lead Pflugerville to a 42-34 victory. Pflugerville will play Canyon in the title game at 7 p.m. today at Mansfield High.
Pflugerville (18-3) found its rhythm early, scoring 19 points in the first quarter. Both teams found points hard to come by the rest of the way. Summit (15-6) limited Pflugerville to five points in the second quarter and 18 points in the second half. Summit, though, trailed by seven at halftime and by 10 entering the fourth quarter.
Shayna Jackson scored a game-high 11 points to lead Summit. Summit will play Mansfield Timberview at 5:15 p.m. today in the third-place game.
Canyon beats Timberview this time: A year ago, Mansfield Timberview beat Canyon, 49-47, in the tournament championship game. This year, they met in the semifinals, and Canyon got revenge with a 63-33 victory.
Senior guard Nicole Hampton scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds for Canyon. An early 21-0 run staked Canyon (19-0) to a 23-5 lead.
Lili Thompson scored 10 points to pace Timberview (15-6), which outscored Canyon, 15-10, in the third quarter. Canyon opened the final quarter with a 15-0 run to end any threat of a comeback.
Canyon has been the runner-up three times but has never won the tournament. It reached the semifinals as Hampton scored 20 points in a 47-38 win over North Crowley in a matchup of state-ranked teams. Canyon is ranked second in the state in Class 4A, and North Crowley is No. 10 in 5A. TCU signee Natalie Ventress scored 16 for North Crowley.
Timberview, which won the tournament each of the last two years, needed overtime to beat McKinney Boyd, 41-33, in the quarterfinals. Timberview allowed only one point in the final 12 minutes, and it outscored Boyd, 8-0, in overtime.
Big win for Summit: Summit, which has won the tournament twice, advanced to the semifinals with a 46-37 victory against Cedar Hill. Summit's Ashley Eli scored 23 points - 17 in the second half - against Cedar Hill, which was a 5A state semifinalist last season.
Better late than never: Amarillo advanced to today's fifth-place game by surviving a wild overtime contest with Cedar Hill, 59-56.
Amarillo never led in regulation, and needed a four-point play by Joy Gossett with just under three seconds left in the fourth quarter to force overtime. In overtime, Amarillo never trailed.
The loss overshadowed a strong game by Cedar Hill sophomore post player Jada Terry, who has orally committed to Texas. She had a game-high 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Greg Riddle, Mark Robinson, Robert Thomas and Rodney Lawson contributed to this report.