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February 20, 2013

No. 1 Saltillo turns back Campbell; Boles, Leonard win


SULPHUR SPRINGS —   No. 1 ranked Saltillo had too much height for the Campbell Lady Indians, who dropped their Class A Division II regional quarterfinal basketball playoff game by a 51-23 margin.

  Saltillo’s lineup features five players who stand 5-10 or taller, including 6-1 senior Victoria Stetcher, the Lady Lions’ scoring leader with 17 points.

  Campbell only has one player taller than 5-8: 5-10 freshman Sarah Looney.

  “We blocked out great against Dodd,” said Campbell coach Steve Guffey, whose Lady Indians upset No. 3 state-ranked Dodd City 52-45 in the area round. “But not that well against Saltillo. At times we had a 5-2 blocking a 5-10 girl.”

  Saltillo dominated on the boards, often holding Campbell to one shot on the defensive end and then getting offensive rebounds on the other end that produced putback baskets.

  “They got too many second chance points in the first half,” said Guffey.

  Karli Brewer, a 5-7 senior, also tossed in 12 points for Saltillo, while 5-10 freshman Haylee Clover added eight, plus 5-10 senior Ariel Tippit and 5-10 senior Andrea Tippit both tossed in six points.

  Only two Campbell players scored. Haley Davidson, the 5-5 junior, scored inside and out to finish with a game-high 19 points. Breanna Ashmore, the 5-8 freshman, added four points.

Campbell, which started the season at 2-6, finished at 22-10.

  “We’ve had a great year,” said Guffey. “I don’t know that we expected to go this far at the beginning of the year. We came together at the end and played hard.”

  Saltillo, now 29-5, advances to the Region III-A tournament in Tyler on Friday.

                    Class A Division II

                   Girls regional quarterfinals

Campbell    6      7      2      8    —23

Saltillo       15    11    14    11    —51

  C: Haley Davidson 19, Breanna Ashmore 4.

  S: Ariel Tippit 6, Karli Brewer 12, Victoria Stretcher 17, Chelsea Moore 2, Haylee Clover 8, Andrea Tippit ;6.

  Records: C 22-10, S 29-5.

  Next game: Saltillo vs. Strawn or Frost, 3 p.m. Friday, Region III tournament, Tyler.

Leonard 68,

Pottsboro 42

  ANNA — Tyler “Turbo” Turner fired in 21 points, while Storm Taylor pumped in 14 to lead the Leonard Tigers to a 68-42 bi-district playoff victory over Pottsboro Tuesday.

  Blake Hicks tallied 10 for Leonard.

  Justin Lawler banked in 16 for Pottsboro, while Dallas Sewell added 12.

  Leonard is now 24-7 and will face Whitney Friday at 7 p.m. at Ellis Davis Fieldhouse in Dallas.

                  Class 2A boys bi-district

Leonard    17    12    10    29    —68

Pottsboro    6    19    7    10    —42

  L: Tyler “Turbo” Turner 21, Storm Taylor 14, Blake Hicks 10, Jacob Redmon 8, Austin Kitchens 7, Scott Bratt 4, Ty McKinney 2, Matthew Wilson 2.

  P: Justin Lawler 16, Dallas Sewell 12.

  Record: L 24-7.

  Next game: Leonard vs. Whitney, 7 p.m. Friday, Ellis Davis Fieldhouse, Dallas.

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