Written by Tommy Cummings
Mansfield Rotary final a District 7-5A primer; Cedar Hill girls edge Timberview, 61-59
MANSFIELD — The buzzer had sounded Saturday and the trophies for the Mansfield Rotary Invitational Tournament had been awarded, but it seemed like just another night in District 7-5A girls basketball.
Cedar Hill held on for a 61-59 victory over Mansfield Timberview in the tournament’s championship game at the Mansfield Summit gymnasium.
The two teams meet again Jan. 11 in a district game. This is a district that includes the likes of Class 5A’s No. 1-ranked Duncanville and No. 9 DeSoto. Timberview is the state’s fifth-ranked team.
In the title game, Cedar Hill led by 15 points twice in the second quarter and by 49-36 at the start of the fourth.
Timberview turned up the defensive pressure when tournament MVP Candice Adams, who had been Cedar Hill’s most consistent ball-handler, fouled out with 2:57 remaining. That left the ball-handling to 6-2 freshman Joyner Holmes, who struggled in the final minutes.
Timberview closed to two and had a chance to tie or win the game in regulation. But Lili Thompson’s 3-point attempt under intense Cedar Hill pressure was off as the buzzer sounded.
Thompson, a Stanford signee, looked for the whistle, but it was a no-call and the officials trotted off the court.
“Heck yeah, I want the call, but they didn’t call it,” Timberview coach Kit Martin said. “There was a lot of contact, and that’s not the kind of call you hope for.
“But there’s a ton of other things we could have done prior to that to not be in that situation.”
Martin and Cedar Hill coach Andrea Robinson admitted their teams have a lot of work to do before district resumes next week.
“I’m happy we won, but we’re still making mistakes,” Robinson said. “We’re making it harder than it should be.”
Adams led all players with 23 points. For Timberview, Thompson scored 17 while Aurmani DeGar and Terriell Bradley added 12 each.
Holmes and Jada Terry, Cedar Hill’s 1-2 punch at the post, had six points apiece, but they were selected to the all-tournament team. DeGar and Thompson were also all-tournament selections.
In the third-place game, Flower Mound Marcus defeated Cibolo Steele, 63-48, behind Sierra Bone’s 19 points and Morgan Easley’s 17 points. MacKenzie Calvert, who made the all-tournament team, scored 19 points for Steele, the state’s 14th-ranked team in 5A.
San Antonio Wagner took the consolation bracket trophy with a 50-48 victory over Plano John Paul II. Wagner, No. 8 in Class 5A, was led by Amber Ramirez, who had 20 points. Claire Ricketts led John Paul II with 19 points.
Aledo, ranked No. 16 in Class 4A, defeated Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber, 55-51, in overtime to take seventh place.