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Skyline, Lincoln make DISD Coca-Cola girls final
Skyline qualifies on buzzer-beater; Lincoln knocks off Ark. power
It will be an all-Dallas ISD final at the DISD/Coca-Cola girls basketball tournament thanks to freshman Dai’Ja Thomas.
Thomas hit a layup at the buzzer Wednesday to lift Skyline over Denton Guyer, 44-42, in a semifinal at Ellis Davis Field House.
Skyline (18-2), ranked No. 16 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches/Tex Preps Basketball Magazine Class 5A state poll, will play undefeated Lincoln in Thursday’s 6 p.m. championship game at Ellis Davis Field House. Lincoln (16-0), ranked second in the state in 4A, beat Arkansas power Little Rock Parkview, 59-46, in the other semifinal.
Skyline tied the score twice in the final minute, the last time coming on Stabresa McDaniel’s 3-pointer with 16 seconds left. With 1.2 seconds remaining in a 42-42 game, Guyer attempted a full-court pass from underneath Skyline’s basket but it went untouched out of bounds, giving Skyline possession from the point of the inbounds pass. Thomas then came off a screen to score the game-winner.
Skyline’s Jen Von’Ta Hill scored eight of her 14 points in the fourth quarter, and McDaniel added 13 points for Skyline. Guyer was led by senior Renee Washington’s 17 points, and Jasmine Leday added 16.
In the other semifinal, junior Jade Colbert scored six of her 14 points in a 13-0 fourth-quarter run that gave Lincoln the lead for good in its 59-46 semifinal win over Little Rock Parkview. Parkview (10-2) was Arkansas’ 6A state runner-up last season.
Lincoln led, 39-32, when leading scorer Breanna Hayden sat down with her fourth foul with 7:29 left in the fourth quarter. Parkview scored the next eight points for a 40-39 lead before Colbert ignited a 13-0 run for a 52-40 lead. Hayden finished with 15 points.
Lincoln coach Michael Ensley faced his former assistant, first-year Wilmer-Hutchins head coach Dwayne Creggett, for the first time in the quarterfinals. Creggett was Ensley’s assistant for six years, including in two state championship seasons — 1998-99 and 2007-08.
Lincoln showed again in its 68-27 victory over Wilmer-Hutchins (13-2) how it can turn a close game into a rout in a matter of minutes with its stifling full-court press. With the score tied at 8, Lincoln scored 16 consecutive points en route to a 45-14 halftime advantage.
Acheil Tac, who has signed with North Texas, scored 26 points to lead Sachse (17-5) into the consolation championship game with a 60-53 victory over Richardson Berkner (12-6).
Mesquite Poteet’s Megan Doe had 28 points and seven 3-pointers in a 58-31 win over Irving Nimitz in the consolation bracket.
Mansfield Rotary Invitational: In Mansfield, JaLea Bennett scored a game-high 14 points, and Mansfield Timberview survived a huge rally to beat defending 4A state champion Canyon, 37-35, in a semifinal at the Mansfield Rotary Invitational.
Timberview (17-4) avenged a 63-33 loss to Canyon in the semifinals of last year’s Mansfield Rotary Invitational — a tournament Canyon went on to win. Timberview, ranked 12th in the state in 5A, will play third-ranked Pflugerville (25-0) in the championship game at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mansfield Legacy High School.
Timberview will be trying to win the tournament for the third time, having captured titles in 2008 and 2009. Pflugerville, last year’s tournament runner-up, got 22 points from North Texas signee I’tiana Taylor in a 57-52 win over 24th-ranked Amarillo in Wednesday’s other semifinal.
Canyon (14-3) has only one starter remaining from last season’s 38-0 team after losing twin sisters Shayla and Shawna Monreal to torn ACL injuries earlier this month. Timberview held Canyon scoreless the first six minutes of the game and led, 21-13, at halftime. Timberview then opened the third quarter with a 10-0 run to extend its lead to 18 midway through the quarter.
But Canyon, ranked third in the state in 4A, allowed only two points in the fourth quarter and closed to within 37-35 on a layup by Morgan Dean with 58 seconds left. After forcing a turnover, Canyon had a chance to tie the score but missed the front end of a one-and-one with 15 seconds left.
Timberview returned the favor, missing the front end of a one-and-one with 7.3 seconds remaining. But after Canyon got the rebound, Timberview’s Terriell Bradley stole the ball and ran out the clock.
Flower Mound Marcus set a tournament record for fewest points allowed in a game with a 36-9 win over Levelland in a consolation contest.
Wednesday’s quarterfinals featured two matchups of state-ranked 5A teams. Timberview posted a 54-34 win over 10th-ranked Arlington Bowie, and Pflugerville beat No. 18 Cedar Hill, 51-45.
Sandra Meadows Classic: In Duncanville, Southlake Carroll, ranked second in the state in 5A, suffered its first loss of the season when it fell 54-50 to Arkansas’ Little Rock Hall in third-round action at the Sandra Meadows Classic.
Eight 3-point baskets enabled Carroll to forge a 34-21 halftime lead. Little Rock Hall junior Tyler Scaife, rated as the top point guard prospect in the country in the Class of 2013, took over in the second half, scoring 27 of her game-high 41 points after intermission.
Little Rock Hall then advanced to Thursday’s semifinals with a 66-41 triumph over defending tournament champion Fort Bend Hightower.
In a late quarterfinal, Tyara Cox-Warren scored 22 points to lead No. 7 Plano West past Flower Mound, 73-54. West took an 11-0 lead in the first three minutes before Kiran Lakhian left the game with a right ankle injury.
West hit 22 of 25 from the free throw line (88 percent) and advances to play Little Rock Hall in the semifinals.
In the other late quarterfinal, four players scored in double-figures for No. 4 Duncanville en route to a 77-39 win over Kennedale. Sophomore guard Tasia Foman finished with a game-high 24 points.
Duncanville will play St. Thomas More, the defending 5A state champions from Lafayette, La., in the semifinals.
St. Thomas More (La.) advanced to the semifinals with a 61-37 victory over THESA. THESA’s Moriah Jefferson, a Connecticut signee, was held to six points.
Whataburger Blue Girls Division: In Saginaw, Oklahoma signee Nicole Kornet scored 28 points to lead Argyle Liberty Christian (12-9) to a 43-34 win over Saginaw (12-3). … Smyer’s Haley Fowler scored 35 points to lead the state’s top-ranked 1A Division I team to a 41-37 win over 3A Argyle.