They upset the No. 2 seed on Wednesday.
The Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s basketball Lions will try for another stunner today at the Lone Star Conference tournament as the 11-15 Lions face No. 3 seed West Texas A&M at noon today at the Allen Event Center. The game will be broadcast on KETR-FM (88.9).
A&M-Commerce raised more than a few eyebrows with an 80-79 win in the quarterfinals over the No. 2 seed Abilene Christian. Abilene Christian entered the tournament with a 21-5 season record that included victories of 81-60 and 75-61 over the Lions.
Abilene Christian outshot the Lions from the field (49 to 40.3 percent) and free throw line (84.8 to 71 percent), but the Lions, led by Brianna Harris, outrebounded the Wildcats 50-24. Harris, a 5-11 junior from Mansfield Summit, led the Lions with 25 points and 15 rebounds.
“All year long we’ve dominated people on the boards,” said A&M-Commerce’s Nicole Anderson, who shared the LSC coach of the year honors with Julie Goodenough of Abilene Christian. “(Harris) is a very good offensive rebounder. She has the mentality that it’s not about getting rebounds for herself, but that her team needs those rebounds and she’s going to get them.”
Nine of Harris’ rebounds were on the offensive end.
A&M-Commerce guard Danielle Dixon finished with 14 points and Symone Brown added 13 points and seven rebounds.
West Texas A&M has won its last seven games, including a 61-36 victory over sixth-seeded Angelo State in Thursday’s quarterfinals of the LSC tournament. Chontiquah White led the 19-11 Buffs with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Casey Land added 13 points and Devin Griffin produced 12 points, seven rebounds and five steals.
West Texas A&M is now 40-13 in 25 appearances in the LSC tournament, including a 14-5 record in the quarterfinals.
A&M-Commerce has won four of its last five quarterfinal games in the tournament dating back to the 2006 season.
West Texas A&M claimed both games in the regular season against the Lions, winning 72-51 at Canyon on Jan. 16 and 73-64 at Commerce on Feb. 27.
Griffin topped the Buffs at Canyon with 22 points, six rebounds and five blocked shots, while Land finished with 21 points. Harris scored 21 points for the Lions and La’Tisha Hearne added 12 points.
Griffin had another big game in Commerce with 27 points and White finished with 24 points and 14 boards. Dixon led the Lions in that game with 26 points, nine rebounds, four assists and five steals.
The winner advances to the championship game at 6 p.m. on Saturday against today’s 6 p.m. semifinals between Midwestern State and Tarleton State. Midwestern State, the top seed, won its quarterfinal 85-70 over Eastern New Mexico and No. 4 Tarleton State downed Incarnate Word, 74-56.
They upset the No. 2 seed on Wednesday.
Greenville Lady Lions beat Royse City in district opener
The Greenville Lady Lions are in first place in District 13-4A after a 47-42 district opening win on Tuesday over the Royse City Lady Bulldogs at the Lions Den.
Jordan Sweat fired in 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Lady Lions, while LaQuesha Williams and Britney Smith each tallied 12 points. Smith hit two big buckets in the final minute after Royse City closed to within 43-40 with 1:08 remaining. Smith also had five steals.
Lone Oak quarterback earns top 7-2A honors
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Leonard downs Cooper to reach state semifinals
The Leonard Tigers continue to make school history.
The Tigers knocked off previously undefeated Cooper 28-20 in a Class 2A Division II quarterfinal game on a cold Monday at Royse City ISD Stadium to reach the state football semifinals for the first time.
Leonard, now 11-3 for the season, will face 14-0 Cisco in a semifinal game sometime on Saturday. The site and time have yet to be determined.
Caddo Mills-ex rushes for 140 yards
Nathan Jeffery closed out the football season on a big note for the Texas-El Paso Miners.
Jeffery, who is a 6-0, 200-pound junior from Caddo Mills, rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries during the Miners’ 48-17 loss in the season finale to Middle Tennessee last weekend in Murfreesboro. Jeffery scored on runs of 3 and 1 yard. His longest run went for 55 yards.
Leonard Tigers practice in Greenville
Freezing rain and bone-chilling temperatures didn’t stop the Leonard Tigers from practicing on Thursday afternoon for their Class 2A Division II state quarterfinal football playoff game.
The Tigers bused to Greenville and then worked out inside the Lions’ Roy Q. Traylor practice facility.
“We had a great workout for a short one,” said Leonard coach Shane Fletcher, whose Tigers practiced for about an hour.
The 10-3 Tigers are scheduled to play the 13-0 Cooper Bulldogs at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wylie ISD stadium. But because of inclement weather, that game could be changed to Monday, according to Fletcher.
Greenville Lions, Lady Lions win
After jumping out to a 14-0 lead with 3:30 left in the first quarter one might think the Greenville Lions might have an easy time Tuesday in the Lions Den against the Princeton Panthers.
Well, think again. The Lions had to hold on for a 60-57 victory as the Panthers missed three shots in the final 10 seconds.
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Leonard Tigers beat undefeated S&S for regional title
The Leonard Tigers made school history on Saturday with a 55-44 Class 2A Division II regional football playoff victory over S&S Consolidated.
The 10-3 Tigers avenged a 19-16 loss to S&S a couple of weeks ago and advanced to the fourth round of the playoffs for the first time, where they’ll face 13-0 Cooper at 2 p.m. Saturday in Wylie.
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