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TAPPS roundup: Prestonwood girls and boys looking for twin TAPPS titles
MANSFIELD — The Plano Prestonwood Christian girls reached the TAPPS 5A state championship game, surviving a wild fourth-quarter rally by defending champion Plano John Paul II to claim a 45-34 victory Friday at Mansfield Timberview.
Prestonwood led by as much as 12 in the second half but saw John Paul II rally to within 35-34 with two minutes to play.
However, John Paul II was twice denied chances at go-ahead baskets, and Prestonwood put the game away by hitting 10 of 13 foul shots down the stretch.
“We knew this was going to be a tough game; it’s always tough when you play John Paul II,” said Prestonwood coach Sherry Ollison. “Our defense came up with big stops in the fourth quarter, and we shot our free throws well when it mattered.”
Prestonwood’s Alicia Blackwell was 5-of-6 from the line in the fourth quarter, and Sabrina Muenster and Brooke Alexander added two free throws apiece in the final minute.
Blackwell finished with 14 points and eight rebounds, with Marina Muenster adding 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Tomball Concordia Lutheran 62, Bishop Lynch 57: Bishop Lynch’s season came to an end in a 5A girls semifinal.
Bishop Lynch played catch-up for most of the game and trailed 37-27 at the half. Lynch, however, rallied with a 16-5 run in the third quarter to take a 43-42 lead on a layup by Celia Hardick.
Tomball Concordia responded with a 3-pointer to take a 47-45 lead to the fourth quarter, and Lynch got no closer. Concordia sank 13 of 15 foul shots to close out the contest.
Bishop Lynch (26-12) got a game-high 18 points from Hardick, with post Bailey Jiles adding 12 points and eight rebounds and Erin Smith totaling 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Prestonwood 53, El Paso Cathedral 38: Prestonwood bulled its way to the TAPPS 5A championship game, getting 16 points and 14 rebounds from post player Schnider Herard.
Prestonwood (32-4), which has won back-to-back TAPPS 5A state titles, used an 11-2 run early in the fourth quarter to break open a close game.
TC-Cedar Hill 59, Tyler All Saints 56: Cameron Allen hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer as TC-Cedar Hill won a TAPPS 4A state semifinal. Albert Owens scored 20 points for TC-Cedar Hill, and Shaun Breland had 19 rebounds.