Rotary girls tournament: Mansfield Summit still a force to be reckoned with (day 1)

MANSFIELD - Mansfield Summit has been a force at the Mansfield Rotary Invitational, winning the title in 2003 and 2006 and placing second in 2008.

The state's 11th-ranked Class 4A girls basketball team is making another deep run this year.

Ashley Eli had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Summit to a 61-54 win over Cibolo Steele in the second round Monday. Summit will play Cedar Hill in the quarterfinals at 1:15 p.m. today at Mansfield High.

Summit showed no rust following the holiday break, opening the tournament with a 70-31 win over Ennis as Eli scored a game-high 18 points. Cedar Hill reached the quarterfinals with a 35-26 win over Levelland, the state's third-ranked 3A team.

Big games for Boyd star: McKinney Boyd's Kiana Evans turned in one of the tournament's best performances Monday, scoring 25 points and grabbing 21 rebounds in a 51-43 victory over Arlington Bowie in the first round. The 6-2 Evans, who has signed with North Carolina State, then scored 12 of her 18 points in the second half in a 35-26 victory against Round Rock.

Pflugerville star out: Pflugerville (16-3) won both of its games and advanced to the quarterfinals despite playing without Texas signee Nneka Enemkpali, who is out with a knee injury. Enemkpali, a 6-1 forward, is ranked as the nation's 32nd-best senior recruit by ESPNU/HoopGurlz.

I'tiana Taylor hit a baseline jumper with eight seconds left to give Pflugerville, the state's 11th-ranked Class 5A team, a 48-47 win over Arlington Martin in the first round. Martin led by five with 1:05 remaining. Timberview rallies: Two-time defending champion Mansfield Timberview trailed Keller by nine entering the fourth quarter in the first round. But Timberview outscored Keller, 15-3, in the final quarter to win, 50-47. Timberview won the Class 4A state title last season before moving up to 5A this season.

Double-doubles: Martin's Destynee Hives-McCray, an SMU signee, had 12 points and 16 rebounds against Pflugerville in the first round. She followed that with 16 points and 19 rebounds in a 60-48 win over Grapevine.

Special contributors Mark Robinson, Robert Thomas and Rodney Lawson contributed to this report.

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