The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX


February 15, 2014

Celeste falls; Campbell advances


GREENVILLE — By David Claybourn

Herald-Banner Sports Editor

  ROYSE CITY — A 14-0 run to start the third quarter helped No. 5 state-ranked Triple A Academy of Dallas pull away for a 73-35 area playoff win over the Celeste Lady Devils on Friday.

  Celeste hung tough with Triple A for the first half, trailing 33-20, but gave way in the third quarter as Triple A wound up with a 27-4 advantage.

  Triple A, now 23-5 for the season, advances to the regional quarterfinals to play either Honey Grove or Era.

  Celeste finishes the season with a 17-11 record.

  “I’m proud of my girls,” said Celeste coach Amy Herron. “We had a good season. Nothing was expected of them. They’ve come a long way since November.”

  Triple A beat Celeste with a hustling press on defense and with some big 3-pointers on offense. The Lady Stallions hit 10 3-pointers, including four by sophomore guard Jordan Stover, who led all scorers with 24 points. Madison Washington hit three 3-pointers and finished with 19 points and Kessha Bracy added 17 points.

  Jalisa Phillips led Celeste with 13 points and Sarah Myers added nine.

  Triple A jumped out to an 8-0 lead and limited Celeste to only one field goal in the first quarter, a 3-pointer by Rachel Myers.

  Celeste got its offense rolling in the second quarter, getting back-to-back buckets from Tiffany Crossland and another one from Phillips to close to within 12-10 with 6 1/2 minutes left before halftime.

  That was as close as Celeste would get as Triple A outscored the Lady Devils 14-8 over the rest of the half before making its big run to start the second half.

                             Class A Division I girls area playoff

Celeste                 4    16      4    11    —35

Dallas Triple A    12    21    27    13    —73

  C: Tiffany Crossland 7, Rachel Myers 5, Sarah Myers 9, Catherine Mackey 1, Jalisa Phillips 13.

  DTA: Kierra Townsend 1, Jordan Stover 24, Angie Flores 3, Kessha Bracy 17, Jakki Ellis 9, Madison Washington 19.

  Records: C 17-11; DTA 23-5.

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