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Girls roundup: Lincoln advances in 4A by holding off late Rockwall rally, 50-47
MESQUITE — Cameasha Turner and freshman Alisha Washington combined for 32 points, and Lincoln held off a late Rockwall rally for a 50-47 win in a Class 4A Region II quarterfinal Tuesday.
Lincoln (27-3) was No. 12 in the last 4A state rankings, and Rockwall (30-7) was No. 9.
Turner, who finished with 17 points, scored all nine points during a 9-0 run that gave Lincoln a 26-18 lead in the second quarter. Washington finished with 15 points and scored nine of Lincoln’s 20 second-half points.
Rockwall was led by post player Alyssa Lang, who had 16 points and 13 rebounds. Hannah Hughes brought Rockwall within one at 48-47 on a runner with 33 seconds left. After splitting free throws on two trips to the line, Lincoln survived as Rockwall’s half-court heave fell short at the buzzer.
In other regional quarterfinal action:
Duncanville 46, Southlake Carroll 42: Duncanville turned up its second-half defensive pressure to all but shutdown Southlake Carroll in a 46-42 Class 5A girls basketball regional quarterfinal at Irving MacArthur. Duncanville (31-6) advances to the 5A Region I semifinals Friday.
Duncanville trailed by two at halftime but outscored Carroll, 18-12, in the final two quarters with a skin-tight man-to-man defense and feeding the inside-scoring of 6-1 Kansas signee Catherine “Bunny” Williams, who ended with 16 points.
“She was working so hard we just had to get the ball into her and she’d get points or kick it back out to someone open,” Duncanville coach Cathy Self-Morgan said.
Carroll (29-7) hit four 3-pointers to take a 30-28 lead in the first half and had a chance to tie with 15 seconds left as junior guard Sierra Maykus had an open look, 3-point attempt circle in-and-out with Duncanville holding a 45-42 lead.
“I thought they were going to give them 1 ½ points for that,” Self-Morgan said.
Duncanville rebounded and junior guard Empress Davenport hit a free throw with six seconds remaining. Davenport and junior guard Morgan Bolton hit critical 3-pointers in the second half with sophomore forward Kiara Perry teaming with Williams to control key possessions with rebounds.
Duncanville’s trademark defense has been so effective in the playoffs that Carroll’s 42 points actually has been the most given up after allowing only 35 points in an area round victory over Plano East and 37 points in bi-district against Euless Trinity.
With four underclass starters, Carroll tied Duncanville, 41-41, on a 3-foot baseline jumper by junior Janelle Jenkins but Carroll went the final 4:08 without a point and only hit 4-of-9 free throws in the second half while missing their last five field goal attempts.
“We had too many unforced errors, didn’t get some big rebounds and missed free throws,” Carroll coach Teri Morrison said. “We’ve got great kids and great character, but at this level of the playoffs, against a team as good as Duncanville in the third round, you have to play above that. “
Midland 57, Arlington Bowie 49: Midland outscored Bowie, 32-18, over the second and third quarters to win the regional quarterfinal.
North Crowley 74, Lubbock Coronado 57: Chelsea Jennings scored 24 points and TCU signee Natalie Ventress added 23 as North Crowley (35-2) advanced to play Irving MacArthur in a 5A Region I semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center in Fort Worth. North Crowley led by only two at halftime before taking control by outscoring Coronado, 24-15, in the third quarter.
Frisco Wakeland 70, McKinney 58: Kansas State signee Haley Texada scored a team-high 19 points as Wakeland (37-2) advanced to play West Mesquite in a 4A Region II semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Garland Special Events Center.
Wakeland, the 4A state runner-up last season, made five 3-pointers in the first quarter en route to building a 25-4 lead. Terrionne Barrett (15 points), Kindell Texada (14) and Faith Hunt (10) also scored in double figures for Wakeland as it extended its winning streak to 15 games.
West Mesquite 55, Lancaster 51: Dominique Taylor scored eight of her game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter as West Mesquite rallied to beat District 15-4A rival Lancaster. West Mesquite trailed, 40-32, entering the fourth quarter but closed the game with a 23-11 run.
Mansfield Summit 53, Stephenville 38: Ashley Eli had 24 points and eight rebounds for Summit in a 4A Region I quarterfinal.