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Girls hoops playoff roundup: Summit returns to state
Sachse falls short in 5A II final; Celina wins big in 3A II title game
SNYDER — Senior Ashley Eli is the lone player remaining from Mansfield Summit’s team that won the Class 5A state title in 2009. The North Carolina State signee made sure her teammates will also get to make a trip to Austin for the state tournament.
Eli scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds Saturday as Summit beat Clint Horizon, 53-39, in the 4A Region I final and advanced to the state tournament for the first time since 2009.
Summit (35-3) trailed for much of the first half, but freshman guard Nia Jackson was able to hold Horizon’s leading scorer, Janelle Perez, to 14 points on 4-for-16 shooting. Perez scored 31 points against Granbury on Friday.
Eli hit her first shot midway through the second quarter, followed by a 3-pointer from Shayna Jackson to spark a 10-0 run that gave Summit a lead it would not relinquish. Eli scored 16 straight points as Summit built a 31-20 lead midway through the third quarter.
In Waco, Kayla Nevitt scored 17 points, and Shunta Nevitt added 14 to lead Spring Dekaney (39-1) to a win over Sachse (31-8) in the Class 5A Region II championship game at the Ferrell Center.
Sachse trailed 23-15 early in the second half but tied the score, 27-27, at the end of the third quarter. Candice Followwell’s jumper with 14 seconds remaining in the quarter capped the comeback.
Although Dekaney never trailed in the fourth quarter, Sachse cut its deficit to 43-42 on Acheil Tac’s two free throws with 51 seconds left. But Kayla Nevitt and Jaleesa Chapel each nailed two free throws to earn Dekaney a berth in next week’s state tournament.John Hillman
Celina 65, Texarkana Liberty-Eylau 50:
At Texas A&M-Commerce, Lipscomb signee Presley Stastny had 18 points and six rebounds, and Abilene Christian signee Kynzie Newman added 17 points and seven rebounds as Celina (33-3) won the Class 3A Region II final.
Celina hit 10 of 12 shots from the field in the first quarter and was 6-for-6 from 3-point range. A 13-0 run after Liberty-Eylau’s game-opening score gave Celina the lead for good.
Abilene Wylie 63, Kennedale 58: Texas A&M signee Peyton Little scored 41 points, including three game-clinching free throws in the final 14 seconds, as defending 3A state champion Abilene Wylie beat Kennedale in the 3A Region I final at Texas Tech for the second straight year.