Girls state tournament roundup: Brock wins fifth title in a row
Martin’s Mill, Whitharral capture Class A championships
AUSTIN — Brock’s championship machine keeps rolling along.
Braylee Flaska scored 16 points, and Brock won its fifth consecutive Class 2A state championship with a 40-32 victory over Merkel on Saturday.
Brock (35-5) is just the second team in state history to win five consecutive championships. Nazareth won six in a row in Class B and Class A from 1977 to 1982.
Brock led, 29-27, to start the fourth quarter and pulled away behind a 9-0 run keyed by Rachel Williams’ 3-pointer with 3:09 to play. That strong finish gave Brock its eighth state championship.
Lexie Ducat scored 10 points for Brock, which has played in the state tournament nine times since 2000. Ciara Cope scored 17 points to lead Merkel (38-2).Martin’s Mill 49, Smyer 46:
Haily Jenkins’ jumper with 13 seconds left gave Martin’s Mill the lead, and it went on to beat two-time state champion Smyer in the Class A Division I championship game.
Martin’s Mill (34-5) had lost in the title game the previous three years, including to Smyer in 2010 and 2011. But Martin’s Mill outscored Smyer, 23-9, in the fourth quarter and closed the game on an 11-0 run.
Whitharral 45, Saltillo 36:
Taylor Moore scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Whitharral to the Class A Division II state championship.
Saltillo, which lost in the playoffs each of the previous three seasons to eventual state champion Neches, finally made it to the final but fell behind 9-4 by the end of the first quarter and trailed by 10 in the second.