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SPC Championships: Greehill wins girls hoops title; ESD doubles in soccer
Freshman’s 26 help fuel comeback
HOUSTON — Greenhill’s SPC title in girls basketball didn’t come easy. The Hornets had to rally in the final quarter and overcome foul problems for freshman star Ellen Andrews.
Andrews scored 26 points and junior Hayley Isenberg added 16, including two key 3-pointers in the final quarter as the Hornets defeated Tulsa Holland Hall, 51-46, in the Division I final Saturday at the SPC Winter Championships at Kinkaid High School.
“I really thought we could do it this year,” Andrews said. “I can’t wait to put this year up on the banner at our school.”
Greenhill (21-3) ended its season on a 15-game winning streak.
Greenhill trailed 20-19 at halftime and was down by as many as seven points, the last time at 39-32 with 7:28 left in the game.
Then it was Isenberg’s time to shine as the Hornets outscored the Dutch, 19-9, in the final quarter.
Isenberg’s 3-pointer from the left corner with 3:32 remaining gave the Hornets the lead for good at 42-41. Her two free throws increased the lead to 44-41. And after two free throws from Holland Hall’s Amaris Taylor, Isenberg made two more free throws for a 46-43 lead with 1:54 remaining.
“We went into it knowing that we had beaten this team before and we could do it again,” Isenberg said. “We had some nerves early in the game, and toward the end, when you know it’s your last eight minutes of the season, you give everything you have.”
ESD wins soccer titles: Episcopal School of Dallas swept the boys and girls SPC Division I soccer titles. The ESD girls scored four goals in a 10-minute stretch of the first half and defeated The Woodlands John Cooper, 5-0. The ESD boys followed with a 2-0 win over Cistercian.
Karina Boyea had a goal and two assists to lead the ESD girls. Ellis Miller added a pair of goals.
Saturday’s championship was the first in 14 years for the ESD girls.
Tight marking on defense gave ESD the edge in the boys final. The Eagles’ back line put pressure on the ball, rarely allowing Cistercian to get off shots. Goalkeeper Richie Loftus took charge when the Hawks managed to get in close.
Cistercian matched ESD’s defensive intensity until the 37th minute, when Winston Guillory scored from 20 yards out. Grant Matzen added the second goal on a penalty kick in the 54th minute.
SPC WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hou. St. John's 42, Hou. Kinkaid 39
Cistercian 53, FW All Saints 51
Houston Christian 52, Aus. St. Stephen's 42
TW John Cooper 56, Episcopal Dallas 40
Hou. Christian 65, TW John Cooper 61
Aus. St. Stephen's 61, Episcopal Dallas 47
DIVISION I GIRLS BASKETBALL
Greenhill 51, Tulsa Holland Hall 46
Hou. Kinkaid 67, Aus. St. Stephen's 53
Hou. St. John's 43, FW Country Day 35
TW John Cooper 41, Hockaday 35
Hou. St. John's vs. TW John Cooper
FW Country Day 54, Hockaday 38
DIVISION I BOYS SOCCER
Episcopal Dallas 2, Cistercian 0
Bel. Episcopal 1, Greenhill 0
Aus. St. Andrew's 2, FW Country Day 1
Arl. Oakridge 1, Aus. St. Stephen's 0
Aus. St. Andrew's 2, Arl. Oakridge 1
FW Country Day 8, Aus. St. Stephen's 0
Episcopal Dallas 5, TW John Cooper 0
Hockaday 1, Bel. Episcopal 0
DIVISION II GIRLS SOCCER
FW Country Day 5, OKC Casady 0
Saint Mary's Hall 3, FW Trinity Valley 2
FW Country Day 2, St. Mary's Hall 0
FW Trinity Valley 2, OKC Casady 1