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TAPPS girls state playoff roundup: John Paul II tops Prestonwood
Plano John Paul II 42, Plano Prestonwood Christian 35: John Paul II used the inside-out combination of senior point guard Kindell Texada and junior post player Claire Ricketts to beat Prestonwood in a TAPPS 5A semifinal. John Paul II will play Argyle Liberty Christian in the state final at 4 p.m. Saturday at Mansfield Legacy.
Ricketts had 17 points, and Texada scored 14.
The 7-year-old John Paul II (29-11) is in its third consecutive state tournament. John Paul II won all three meetings with Prestonwood this season and all 11 times they have met.
Argyle Liberty Christian 68, Houston St. Agnes 52: Argyle Liberty went on two 10-0 runs — one in the second quarter and one in the third — to win a TAPPS 5A semifinal. The Lady Warriors (25-14) are in the state title game for the seventh time in eight years.
Argyle Liberty pushed its lead from four to 14 in the second quarter as Hannah Hand scored nine of her 12 points. The freshman, whose twin sister, Rebekah, is the Lady Warriors’ leading scorer, is finally starting to hit her stride after a broken foot forced her to miss more than two months.
Adam Boedeker from the Denton Record-Chronicle and freelance writer Tim Roberts contributed to this report.
Beren Academy loses four-overtime thriller
FORT WORTH — Houston’s Beren Academy was eliminated in the TAPPS 2A boys state semifinals Friday afternoon with a 68-67, four-overtime loss to Boerne Geneva.
Beren is a Jewish Modern Orthodox school. If Beren had won, TAPPS officials predetermined it would play the state final at 8 p.m. Saturday to avoid a conflict with its observance of the Jewish Sabbath from dusk Friday to sundown Saturday.
Last year, Beren became a national topic of debate as TAPPS officials originally declined to adjust the state tournament schedule for Beren to play a semifinal on a Friday evening. TAPPS eventually adjusted the schedule, and Beren lost in the championship game.
Geneva will play in a 2 p.m. Saturday final after Nick Thornton drove the length of a court for a layup with seven seconds remaining in the fourth overtime. Beren took a 67-66 lead with 14.6 seconds left on Zach Yoshor’s two free throws. Yorshor scored 30 points.
Beren needed a 25-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer from Yoni Schiff to force a fourth overtime.