Girls basketball state tournament roundup: Mexia outlasts Krum; Martin’s Mill defeats Snook in OT

AUSTIN— Kaitlin Walla scored 17 points, and top-ranked Georgetown held Northside Brennan scoreless in the third quarter Thursday, cruising to a 44-30 win in the Class 4A state semifinals at the Frank Erwin Center.

Georgetown will face Lincoln in the 4A final at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Tied 13-13 at halftime, Georgetown (33-4) put the game away with 18 points in the third quarter. Walla opened the quarter with a basket, and Haley Frias made a 3-pointer to spark the big run.

Northside Brennan (30-9) finally broke its scoring drought when Ashlynn Graham made one of two free throws early in the fourth, Brennan’s first points since the 4:32 mark in the second quarter.

Mexia 50, Krum 41: Brechelle Beachum scored 16 points, and Na’Teshia Owens added 14 to lead Mexia in a 3A semifinal.

Mexia (35-3) will play Kennedale (31-6) in the championship game at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Mexia, playing in its first state tournament, trailed by two at halftime but outscored Krum, 28-17, in the second half. Owens scored eight in the fourth quarter.

Krum (29-7) pulled within 36-33 on Rachel Wallace’s 3-pointer on the final shot of the third quarter. But Mexia pushed its lead to 42-35 on a layup by Owens with 5:07 left, and Krum didn’t get closer than five the rest of the way.

Martin’s Mill 54, Snook 49 (OT): Martin’s Mill earned its fourth straight state championship game berth by beating Snook in overtime in a Class A Division I semifinal.

Taylor Munns scored five of her 14 points in the final minute of overtime, then grabbed a key defensive rebound with six seconds left and the Mustangs clinging to a three-point lead.

Martin’s Mill (33-5) had a big advantage at the free throw line. It was 23-for-33, while Snook (24-12) was 7-for-12.

Martin’s Mill is making its eighth straight final four appearance, with titles in 2006 and 2008. The Mustangs face Smyer (33-6) in Saturday’s final.

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