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HS girls holiday basketball roundup: Duncanville rolls with two wins; Irving MacArthur, Corsicana dominate
DUNCANVILLE — Tournament favorites Duncanville and Plano West cruised to resounding victories and remain the favorites to meet in the final for a second consecutive year in the Sandra Meadows Classic.
Duncanville, the top-ranked team in the state and defending 5A champion, advanced to the quarterfinals with a 57-30 victory against Denton Ryan. It opened the day with a 68-27 first-round win over Wylie.
“Tradition, tradition, tradition,” Duncanville guard Ariel Atkins said. “We won this thing last year, and we might as well win it again.”
Atkins opened the game against Ryan with three straight field goals to take a 6-0 lead. The game was never close after that.
Atkins finished with 14 points, and senior forward Kiara Perry scored a game-high 17.
Duncanville will face the winner between Kennedale and The Woodlands in the quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Plano West, ranked No. 3 in the state, played only once Thursday, defeating Waxahachie, 56-40.
Tyara Warren and Kaelin Montgomery scored six points apiece in the final period, and West outscored Waxahachie, 20-10, to cruise to the win. Warren finished with a team-high 18 points.
Plano West will face a tough test in Beaumont Ozen, ranked No. 4 in Class 4A, in the second round at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
Other teams likely to challenge for a tournament title also advanced.
No. 9 DeSoto won twice Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals. It trounced Richardson, 63-40, in the first round, and followed up with a 43-31 win against Murphy (Ala.) in the nightcap.
Earlier Thursday, Bishop Lynch survived an inspired Atascocita rally to take a 58-47 first-round victory. Lynch, the top-ranked large private school in the state, led 25-11 at half. It led by as much as 21 points in the third quarter.
At Kimball, Irving MacArthur and Corsicana both went 2-0 on the tournament’s first day. Corsicana defeated North Forney, 53-48, and Woodrow Wilson, 45-32. Irving MacArthur defeated Lancaster, 68-34, and capped the day off with a 71-42 victory over Carter. Irving MacArthur’s Tory Jacobs was a standout with 31 points vs. Lancaster and 23 against Carter.
At Cobb Field House, Madison scored a 70-48 victory over South Oak Cliff to set up a game with Lincoln on Friday. That matchup will feature Madison’s Breanna Hayden against her former team, Lincoln. Hayden transferred to Madison in the middle of last season. Madison’s 20-4 run at the beginning of the third period broke the game open.
Madison gained a forfeit victory in its first scheduled game. Little Rock Parkview, the defending Arkansas 6A champions, was snowed in and couldn’t make the trip.
Jade Colbert scored a season-high 21 points, including a season-best five 3-pointers, to lead Lincoln into the quarterfinals with a 69-42 victory over Sachse. Lincoln also defeated Wilmer-Hutchins, 63-21.
On its home floor, Skyline scored a key 56-45 win over West Mesquite, the state’s 14th-ranked Class 4A team. Skyline’s Dai’Ja Thomas and Stabresa McDaniel each scored 12 points. Claudia Price led West Mesquite with 23 points. Skyline also defeated Irving Nimitz, 56-23.
Mesquite Poteet also went 2-0 at Skyline, scoring a 57-22 win against South Garland and a 51-48 win over Bryan Adams. Against Bryan Adams, Poteet guard Shyari Cheathem scored 18 points in the fourth quarter. Courtney Klingaman, Kaitlyn Read and Katie Thiebaud each scored 10 points as Highland Park, No. 13 in the Class 4A state rankings, rolled past Conrad, 66-17. Highland Park defeated Richardson Berkner, 65-49, earlier in the day.
Kristin Cunningham pumped in a game-high 14 points to lead four players in double figures as Hebron cruised past Hillcrest, 70-32. Hebron’s first victory was a 38-29 win over Denton Guyer.
Mansfield Rotary Invitational
In Mansfield, Cabot (Ark.), which won the Class 7A state championship last season, was a no-show at Mansfield Summit because of the winter storm that hit central Arkansas with snow and ice.
Cabot was scheduled to play Plano East in a morning first-round game. McKinney Boyd, which lost to Amarillo in a first-round game at Summit, was the recipient of Cabot’s second forfeit in the consolation bracket.
Timberview won the late game, defeating Aledo, 56-40. That means Aledo comes back at 8 a.m. Friday to face Plano East.
Playing on its home court, Mansfield Summit got past Arlington Martin, 41-35, then, five hours later, routed Crowley, 64-47, to reach the quarterfinals. Summit’s homecourt advantage continues in a quarterfinal at 11:30 a.m. Friday. Summit takes on Cedar Hill, which routed Levelland, 55-22, and Springdale Har-Ber, 67-21.
At Mansfield Timberview, two free throws by junior guard Taylor Jones with 0.7 seconds remaining gave Panhandle powerhouse Canyon, the state’s top-ranked 4A team, a 48-46 second-round victory over Fort Worth Trimble Tech.
Meanwhile at Timberview, Cibolo Steele junior guard McKenzie Calvert, who committed to Baylor as an eighth grader, led Steele to a 66-43 second-round rout of Arlington Seguin.
Steele, which takes on Canyon in a quarterfinal at 1:15 p.m. at Mansfield Summit, is playing short-handed in the tournament because sophomore guard Kyra Lambert, a Texas A&M pledge, stayed home after her front tooth was knocked out in a car accident.
Steele, ranked No. 14 in the Class 5A state rankings, ran away in its opening-round game in a 60-23 win over Mansfield Legacy.
Seguin defeated Grapevine, 65-35, just after Steele’s win. Alarie Mayze led Seguin with 21 points.
Mansfield Legacy will face Grapevine in the consolation bracket.
The tournament’s best first-round game might’ve been South Grand Prairie’s 54-51 win against North Crowley in overtime. Seven straight points in overtime propelled South Grand Prairie to victory after losing the lead in regulation off a turnover with six seconds left. South Grand Prairie’s Jasmine Sasser scored a game-high 17 points.
Playing on its home court, Mansfield rallied from a nine-point, first-half deficit to defeat Keller, 43-38, in the first round. Mansfield’s Delana Lopez scored all of her team-high 12 points in the fourth quarter.
Also at Mansfield, Arlington Martin weathered Huntsville’s comeback attempt to prevail, 58-53.
At Lake Ridge, John Paul II cruised to an 88-44 win over Mansfield Lake Ridge on its home court.
Arlington Bowie kicked off the tournament with a 61-49 win over John Paul II.
Grapevine defeated Legacy in its second game, 65-45. Stephenville faces Grapevine on Friday after beating Arlington Lamar, 49-30, and getting 17 points from Breyana Diaz.
Keller defeated Ursuline, 48-26, and faces John Paul II at Lake Ridge on Friday.