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
Sherman spoils Lady Lions season finale
The Greenville Lady Lions finished their District 13-4A softball season at home on Friday with a 9-2 loss to the Sherman Lady Bearcats.
Greenville honored senior players Ali Threndyle, Megan Shaw, Tayler Cordova and Katie McMurray in pre-game ceremonies.
Greenville catcher Justin Koger signs with Arkansas-Little Rock
A switch in positions has helped Greenville senior baseball player Justin Koger advance his career.
Koger, who has signed a letter of intent with the University of Arkansa at Little Rock, began his baseball career with the Greenville Lions as a shortstop, pitcher and third baseman.
Players protest return of fired Minnesota coach
The University of Minnesota-Mankato football team Wednesday boycotted the fired head coach who won his job back in an arbitrator’s ruling last week, nearly two years after fighting accusations of child pornography and other misconduct.
No. 19 state-ranked Lone Oak claims regular season finale
The 19th state-ranked Lone Oak Lady Buffaloes added to their nine-game winning streak by shutting out Quitman 9-0 in District 14-2A softball on Tuesday.
Freshman pitcher Mariah Nichols got the win, striking out 14 while only walking two in a two-hitter to wrap up the regular season.
Lady Lions earn all-district soccer honors
Brinkley Henson, Greenville’s top goal scorer, also earned top honors for the Lady Lions on the All-District 19-4A soccer team.
Quirl, Godwin earn top honors in All-District 15-A basketball
Wolfe City’s high-scoring post player Colten Quirl earned top honors on the All-District 15-A basketball team.
McKinney North shuts out Lady Lions
Celeste Verdelivo shut down Greenville on one hit as McKinney North claimed a 12-0 District 13-4A softball victory over the Lady Lions on Friday.
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Big win for college coach wrongly accused of child porn
An emotional saga that began with a child pornography accusation 18 months ago ended in final victory Thursday for the ex-football coach of Minnesota State University-Mankato who was fired even though the charges against him were found groundless and dismissed.
Hale, Himes lead Greenville tracksters
Carandall Hale repeated as the boys long jump champion and Savannah Himes took the girls discus title to lead Greenville High School on Wednesday’s opening day of the District 13-4A track and field championship.
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