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.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ROUNDUP
By David Claybourn
Greenville Lions' coaching staff lineup changes
Each summer the Greenville Lions’ coaching staff goes through a transition phase as some coaches move on to other schools and new coaches are hired to take their place.
This summer is no exception. There’s changes in the coaching staffs for the boys and girls programs that’ll involve the football, volleyball, boys soccer, powerlifting and softball teams.
Hail to the winner of three medals at Transplant Games
His nickname in Greenville is “Pee Wee,” but Oliver Hale is a big man on the tennis court and in the kitchen.
Hale, who is a 1971 graduate of Greenville High School, won three medals at the 2014 Transplant Games of America recently in Houston while competing in the 60-and-over age category. He won a gold medal in men’s doubles, a silver in men’s singles and a bronze in mixed doubles along with playing partner Irena Bucci.
Free youth football camp planned
Second year Texas A&M University – Commerce Head Coach Colby Carthel and his coaching staff will be the directors of a free A&M Commerce Youth Football Camp.
Officially for the record
Two former Greenville schools are now officially recognized for their accomplishments in sports through new signage at the T. A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium.
LeBron: I'm heading back to Cleveland
Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio.
Commerce to host Dixie Softball tournament
The city of Commerce has partnered with the Dixie Softball to host the Darlings and the Debs Softball State Tournament at the Eddie Moore Sports Complex again this year.
Coach Steve Guffey touched many lives
Steve Guffey was a true sportsman in every sense of the word.
Guffey, who died on Saturday at the age of 50, was a standout athlete and coach, who was also an avid golfer, angler and hunter. He was an educator. teacher, mentor and a friend to many who’ve been paying their tributes online and at candlelight vigils on Sunday in Ladonia and on Monday in Campbell. Guffey’s memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Campbell High School gymnasium, where he coached the Lady Indians’ basketball team the past 12 years.
A&M-Commerce hires Burton as women’s basketball coach
Lion women’s basketball experienced a homecoming of sorts on April when athletics director Ryan Ivey announced Jason Burton as the eighth women’s basketball coach in program history.
Lone Oak, Caddo Mills softball players make all-state team
Two players from Lone Oak and one from Caddo Mills earned second-team honors on the Texas Sports Writers Association’s Class 2A all-state softball team.
Former Baylor golfers win Monster Ball golf tourney
Baylor University was well-represented at the third annual Craig Bowers Memorial Monster Ball golf tournament this weekend in Greenville.
Two teams composed of former Baylor golfers finished first and second after 36 holes at Wright Park Municipal and Oak Creek Country Club.
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