Hurst L.D. Bell 50, Little Elm 38: On a day when the offense was out of sync, Hurst L.D. Bell turned to the defense to claim the championship trophy of the Boswell Holiday Invitational Tournament. The Blue Raiders (19-3) made just 10 of 53 field goals in the game, defensive pressure as they forced Little Elm into 30 turnovers. Its our defense that has to carry us to stay in games like it did today and give us a chance, Bell coach Brock Pembleton said.
Richland 54, Haltom 37: Richland (15-5) wrapping up third place at the Boswell Holiday Invitational Tournament.
The Rebels broke up a close game early in the second quarter by going on a 21-6 run to that gave them a 34-17 lead.
After that, the Rebels lead was never less than 13 points.
It was a Richland team that entered the tournament without its top rebounder and second leading scorer Sydney Brock to an illness, but was led behind Harvard recruit Destiny Nunley who had 18 points.
"I'm extremely proud of the outcome of this tournament and the way the girls had to step up," Richland coach Kate Goldberg said. "It wasn't always pretty as we had to have some girls play some roles they aren't used to, but it might have been a blessing in disguise because it gave a lot of girls some minutes they wouldn't normally get."
Maddi Holcomb added 15 in the victory as seven players scored in all. Haltom (7-13) which entered the tournament with just five wins pulled an upset on a day one and made a run into the winners bracket came up short and was led by Daja Prince with 10 points.
Boswell 47, Southwest 37: Twice with chances to get back into the game in consolation championship game Southwest failed to convert on their free throws and Boswell took advantage to claim the victory.
Boswell, which after losing its opening game won three consecutive to claim the trophy, used a balanced attack in which eight players scored. The only one to reach double figures in the victory was Kaylee Shaw with 10.
Southwest, which missed four of its last five free throws after cutting the lead to 40-36 on a three-point play Jasmine Horne, never got any closer the rest of the way.
Boswell's Kirra Smith made three of four free throws late, and Victoria Seay added a layup.
Southwest only had four players get on the board led by Amanda Wortham with 15, but only 3 in the second half. Horne added nine and Tearria Johnson chipped in nine.
Fort Worth Christian 51, Abilene 49: The Cardinals took home fifth place in the Silver Division Bracket after holding off a fourth quarter Abilene rally.
Leading by seven heading into the fourth quarter, FWC saw the lead shrink down to two before hanging on for the victory.
Kym Young scored 17 points for the Cardinals in the victory as they connected on six of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter. Katelyn Goodman led Abilene with 16 points including six in the fourth quarter.
Fossil Ridge 71, Western Hills 46: Grayson Bright scored 18 points and teammates Allyson Te'o and Myah Pacheco added 17 and 13 respectively as the Fossil Ridge (13-9) grabbed third place in the consolation bracket.
Western Hills (6-16) was led by Crystal Jones who had 26, including four 3-pointers, and Taylor Whiteside who added 13.
Trophy Club Nelson 39, Arlington 19: The Bobcats (15-8) jumped on Arlington (2-14) early and never looked back in cruising to the win and grabbing fifth place in Bronze Division.
Shaila Wolter scored 11 points and teammate Tralyn Woodard added 10 in the victory for Nelson which opened a 22-7 halftime lead.
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