Written by Corbett Smith
5A, Region I girls: N. Crowley can't keep up with Jones, MacArthur
Duncanville girls fall to Midland
FORT WORTH — Irving MacArthur guard Alexis Jones couldn’t be stopped.
North Crowley coach Stephani Gray knew as much.
“You get closer to her, and she goes past you,” Gray said. “You give her a few inches, and she shoots a three over you.”
And more often, Jones chose the former.
Driving to the basket at will, Jones showed why she’s considered one of the top juniors in the country, scoring 35 points — going 20-for-23 from the free throw line — in MacArthur’s 68-55 win over North Crowley in the Class 5A Region I semifinal at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center in Fort Worth.
“My plan was to drive to the paint, and kick it — try to get my wings warmed up so that they can knock down a shot when I need it,” Jones said.
After making two first-quarter 3-pointers as MacArthur (34-2) jumped out to a 14-10 lead, Jones hit the first of 17 consecutive free throws in the second quarter.
Behind Jones and Khoria Newman — who scored 16 points — MacArthur’s lead ballooned to double-digits before halftime.
When North Crowley (35-3) closed the lead to six, 39-33, with 2:46 remaining in the third quarter, Jones stepped up, scoring or assisting on all but two of MacArthur’s final 29 points.Midland 60, Duncanville 48:
Kelsey Hoppel scored 17 points, making five 3-pointers, and Midland (32-4) had three other starters in double figures in the win over Duncanville in the second semifinal.
Duncanville (31-6) rushed out to a 15-5 lead in the first quarter, but scored only one basket — a 3-pointer by Empress Davenport — until midway through the third quarter, a seven-minute stretch.
“We got that 15-5 lead, and I think we relaxed,” Duncanville coach Cathy Self-Morgan said. “And they just started chipping away at us, a bucket at a time.”
Midland scored 20 points during that span.