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Mansfield tournament roundup: Mansfield Timberview beats Irving MacArthur in overtime to reach semifinals
MANSFIELD — Kansas signee Terriell Bradley and Texas Tech signee Dayo Olabode combined to score all 11 of their team’s points in overtime to lead Mansfield Timberview to a 54-47 win over Irving MacArthur in the quarterfinals of the Mansfield Spring Creek Barbeque Invitational on Friday.
Olabode gave Timberview (15-5) the lead for good at 48-46 with a layup with 1:51 left in overtime. Bradley hadn’t scored until she hit a jump shot with 1:11 left in the extra period that extended Timberview’s lead to 50-46, and she added four free throws in the final 17.6 seconds.
"We've lost some games early that were very close," Timberview coach Kit Martin said. "For us, it's just building confidence and getting that feeling that we can win close games."
Timberview's five losses have been by a combined 21 points. That includes an eight-point loss to Flower Mound Marcus, the team that Timberview will face in Saturday's semifinal.
Arizona signee JaLea Bennett scored Timberview's first 13 points against MacArthur and finished with 19. The 6-2 Olabode scored 10 points after halftime and had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the game.
"She's been fighting the flu," Martin said of Olabode. "I was extremely proud of her effort."
MacArthur (14-3), the state’s 13th-ranked 5A team, trailed by 11 early in the fourth quarter and was down 43-35 with 1:25 left in regulation. But 5-foot guard Tana Driver scored eight straight points, including a 3-pointer with 13.5 seconds remaining that tied the score.
So what did Martin say before overtime started?
"It's a new ballgame, with four minutes," Martin said. "That's all you've got — four minutes — to get to the semifinals of the best tournament in the state of Texas."
Timberview will play Marcus at 11:30 a.m. at Timberview. Martin coached at Marcus for 14 years.
Vanessa Jones scored 14 points to lead Marcus (16-1), the state’s fourth-ranked 5A team, to a 60-53 quarterfinal win over 5A No. 21 Round Rock Stony Point. Marcus outscored Stony Point, 19-7, in the fourth quarter.
Pflugerville beats 5A powers: Kalea King scored 22 points as Pflugerville, ranked 16th in the state in 5A, advanced to the semifinals with a 67-54 win over Cibolo Steele (12-3).
Steele, last season’s 5A state runner-up, is ranked fifth in the state this season. Pflugerville, the Mansfield tournament champion in 2011, beat 5A No. 7 Galena Park North Shore, 69-49, earlier Friday.
Pflugerville (20-2) will play 5A No. 6 Arlington Bowie at 1:15 p.m. Saturday at Timberview. Jaye Cage scored 16 points and Jazmine Holman added 13 as Bowie won its quarterfinal, 51-45 over Aledo (15-2), the state’s second-ranked 4A team.
Earlier Friday, Aledo trailed 4A No. 11 Mansfield Summit by 12 late in the first half but rallied for a 40-38 win as 6-4 post player Justis Szczepanski-Beavers had 15 points and 12 rebounds.
A free throw by Megan Wood with 2:33 left gave Aledo the lead for good at 37-36, and Breann Forbes added two free throws with 42.5 seconds left to extend the lead to 39-36. A jumper by Keanna Kelly got Summit within 39-38, but Texas pledge Alyssa Dry made a free throw with 3.5 seconds left to put Aledo ahead by two, and Summit’s shot at the buzzer was off the mark.
Bowie came back from a 12-point third-quarter deficit in its second-round game for a 48-47 win over Canyon, the state’s fifth-ranked 4A team. Holman’s basket with 24 seconds left gave Bowie a 48-47 lead, and Nicole Iloanya blocked a shot with three seconds left.
Alarming game: Cedar Hill’s bid to win the tournament for a second straight year ended with a 53-43 second-round loss to Stony Point. During the third quarter of the game at Mansfield High School, a fire alarm went off for several minutes, but the game kept going. The alarm was said to have been triggered by construction going on at the school.
“I’ve been doing this a long time — 15 years. This is the first time it’s ever happened during a game,” Stony Point coach Keith Allen said. “But at least it wasn’t a surprise. It happened in the game before us, so we had an idea it might happen.”
Cedar Hill 6-3 sophomore Joyner Holmes, ranked as the nation’s fifth-best recruit in the Class of 2016 by ESPN’s HoopGurlz, scored 17 points. But she was in foul trouble, and Stony Point took advantage by opening the second half with a 24-8 run to build a 42-26 lead.
Scoring barrage: North Crowley’s Ja’Carria Ferrell scored 30 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter and overtime, in a 58-54 victory against Garland Lakeview in a consolation game. The 30 points was 10 short of the tournament’s single-game scoring record that was set in 2008 by Cibolo Steele’s Meighan Simmons, who now plays for the University of Tennessee.
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