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.
Campbell (girls) 52,
Dodd City 46
TRENTON — The Campbell Lady Indians will continue on in the Class A Division II playoffs after beating Dodd City 52-46 in an area playoff game on Friday.
Taylor Looney fired in 20 points, while Haley Davidson added 16 for the No. 23 state-ranked Lady Indians, who are now 25-5 for the season. Campbell advances to the regional quarterfinals to face either Slidell or Saltillo.
“I was proud of the girls,” said Campbell coach Steve Guffey.
Campbell led just 24-23 at halftime but outscored the Lady Hornets 28-23 in the second half.
“Tonight we went 20 for 25 on free throws,” said Guffey. “But we did not hit a 3-pointer for the first time all year.”
Class A Division II girls area playoff
Dodd City 12 11 6 17 —46
Campbell 10 14 10 18 —52
DC: Hillard 12, Thompson 12, Wallace 12.
C: Haley Davidson 16, Sarah Taylor 3, Taylor Looney 20, Emily Ashmore 3, Kaylin Stigall 2, Jordan Davidson 3, Caitlyn Branton 6.
Record: C 25-5.
Next game: Campbell vs. Slidell-Saltillo, Tuesday.
Blue Ridge 43,
BELLS — The Blue Ridge Tigers won 43-33 over the Bland Tigers on Friday to gain the No. 2 seed in District 15-A.
Bland however will still go to the playoffs as the No. 3 seed.
Thomas Weatherford fired in 18 to lead Blue Ridge.
Thomas Sourber tallied nine to lead Bland, while Cameron Turner and Chris Brown each added eight.
Bland, now 20-5, for the season and will play Honey Grove Tuesday in the bi-district playoffs.
The playoff site will be determined.
District 15-A playoff seeding
Bland 4 9 9 11 —33
Blue Ridge 15 7 9 12 —43
B: Thomas Sourber 9, Cameron Turner 8, Chris Brown 8, Glen Quezada 6, Juan Aviles 2.
BR: Thomas Weatherford 18, Brevin Wiggins 8, Harrison Martin 8.
Record: B 20-5.
Next game: Bland vs. Honey Grove, Tuesday.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ROUNDUP
By David Claybourn
Greenville Lions beat Denton
The Greenville Lions edged the Denton Broncos 6-4 on Friday at John Mason Field in non-district baseball action.
Travis Koger picked up the victory on the mound, allowing only one hit and one run in three innings while striking out three. Dylan Coleman, Press Alford and Chris Hazlett also pitched for the Lions.
Travis and his brother Justin Koger led the Lions at the plate with three hits apiece.
A&M-Commerce men win at LSC tournament
Texas A&M University-Commerce came out on top in a nail biting, back-and-forth game against Eastern New Mexico University that ended with senior Kameron Price sealing the 74-73 win in the opening round of the Lone Star Conference tournament with only nine seconds left.
Greenville boys, Royse City girls take 13-4A openers
The Greenville Lions downed Royse City 12-3 in a District 13-4A baseball opener on a cold Tuesday night in Greenville, while the Lady Lions lost 10-7 to Royse City in a 13-4A softball opener.
Hudgins, Hale win track and field events for Greenville High School
Mya Hudgins and Carandall Hale won events to lead the Greenville High School track and field teams on Thursday at the Princeton Invitational.
White team outscores Blue in A&M-Commerce spring game
Texas A&M University-Commerce football fans got a good look at their 2014 Lions squad on a sunny Saturday afternoon during the annual Blue-White Spring Game at Memorial Stadium.
Paris clips Greenville Lady Lions, 2-1
Paris freshman Tieren Gates scored two goals as the Lady Wildcats beat Greenville 2-1 in District 19-4A play on Saturday at T.A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium.
A&M-Commerce to honor seniors in last home game
Texas A&M University-Commerce will recognize their seniors today in the last home basketball games of the season for the Lion men and women.
Both Lion teams, who’ve qualified for the Lone Star Conference tournament that starts on Wednesday in Allen, will face strong tests from a pair of talented Tarleton State teams.
Quinlan, Caddo Mills, Lone Oak win in Cooper
Quinlan Ford, Caddo Mills and Lone Oak won their games on Thursday at the Cooper baseball tournament.
Mount Pleasant slides past Greenville Lady Lions
Breanne Smallwood struck out 12 while pitching Mount Pleasant to a 3-1 non-district softball win over Greenville on Tuesday at Monty Stratton Field.
New Boston ends Lone Oak's season
New Boston ended Lone Oak’s run in the Class 2A basketball playoffs, handing the Buffaloes a 48-38 loss in the regional quarterfinals on Tuesday night.
“Early we had too many turnovers,” said Lone Oak coach Matt McLaughlin.
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