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Girls hoops playoff roundup: Summit wins in four overtimes
Sachse advances to 5A Region II final; DeSoto falls just short
SNYDER — Shayna Jackson made four clutch free throws — two with 20 seconds remaining in the first overtime and the deciding two points of the game — as Mansfield Summit beat defending Class 4A state champion Canyon, 57-55, in four overtimes in a 4A Region I semifinal Friday.
Jackson finished with 12 points, three rebounds and two steals as Summit (34-3) advanced to play Clint Horizon (33-2) in the regional final at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Summit senior Ashley Eli, a North Carolina State signee, was one of a handful of players who played the entire game. She finished with a team-high 15 points to go with nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The game featured 16 lead changes and 14 ties, with the biggest lead by either team coming in the second quarter, when Summit led by six.
Summit’s Maya Hawkins, who made her return after missing almost a month with an injury, finished with 11 points and five steals.
Sachse 33, The Woodlands 27: In Waco, Candice Followwell scored 14 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead Sachse past The Woodlands in a Class 5A Region II semifinal at the Ferrell Center.
Sachse (31-7) will play Spring Dekaney (38-1) in the regional final at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Sachse trailed 16-15 with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter. But Followwell’s jumper started an 11-2 Sachse run that lasted until the fourth quarter’s four-minute mark. Followwell scored seven of Sachse’s 11 points in that span, with North Texas signee Acheil Tac contributing four.
Followwell iced the win with a steal and a pair of free throws with 22 seconds left. Kelsey Lang paced The Woodlands (32-3) with 16 points.
Spring Dekaney 50, DeSoto 46: Kayla Nevitt hit a jumper with 27 seconds remaining and followed with a clinching layup with four seconds left to lead Spring Dekaney past DeSoto in a 5A Region II semifinal.
Dekaney trailed, 43-35, with just over five minutes left. But Nevitt, who finished with 13 points, and Brianna Taylor, who led all scorers with 20, sparked Dekaney with six points each in the closing minutes.
Shunta Nevitt’s jumper tied the score, 46-46, for Dekaney with 1:45 to play.
Down 48-46, DeSoto had an opportunity for a final shot. But Shunta Nevitt blocked a shot with 13 seconds remaining.
Camesha Davis paced DeSoto with 15 points. Texas A&M signee Jordan Jones added 13.
Celina 52, Pittsburg 24: At Texas A&M-Commerce, Kynzie Newman had 14 points and six rebounds, and K.J. Stastny chipped in nine points, five assists and five rebounds as Celina (32-3) coasted past Pittsburg in a 3A Region II semifinal. Celina plays Texarkana Liberty-Eylau at 1 p.m. Saturday in the regional final.
Texarkana Liberty-Eylau 53, Princeton 40: Destinee Thrash had 14 points and Imani Wright scored 12 for Texarkana Liberty-Eylau (29-4), which opened the second half with a 13-0 run and held off Princeton in a 3A Region II semifinal.
Kennedale 69, Lubbock Cooper 47: At Texas Tech, Lexi Anderson and Jamaika Hughes scored 19 points apiece as Kennedale (30-6) won a 3A Region I semifinal.