ARLINGTON -- Cedar Hill took a big early lead and held off Mansfield Timberview 61-59 to win the championship game of the Mansfield Rotary Tournament at Summit High School on Saturday.
Cedar Hill led by as many as 15 points twice in the second period and by 11 at the end of the third quarter, but the pesky Wolves clawed back to within two, and Lili Thompson missed a desperation shot at the buzzer.
Tournament MVP Candice Adams had 23 points for the Longhorns, and her shooting was a big reason Cedar Hill (18-4)was able to build its early lead. She fouled out with 2:57 remaining in the game, turning the momentum in Timberview's favor down the stretch.
The fourth quarter started with Cedar Hill leading 47-36, but consecutive 3-pointers by Aurmani DeGar and Thompson pulled Timberview (15-4) within 51-45.
The two also combined on consecutive 3-pointers a few minutes later to make the score 59-56 with 38 seconds remaining. Terriell Bradley hit a shot with 14.2 seconds left to make it 61-59.
"I'm very proud of the effort we put forth in the second half to give us an opportunity to win," Timberview coach Kit Martin said. "We were able to put a little more pressure on their guards and forced some turnovers that turned into some points at the other end, and we got loose for some 3s and were able to close the gap."
Four Wolves scored in double figures, led by Thompson's 17 points. DeGar and Bradley each had 12 while Dayo Olabode added 11.
Arlington Bowie 41, Canyon 31: The Vols' defense was dominant in the fifth-place game. Bowie limited Canyon to just four points in the fourth quarter. Ashley Ferguson led the Vols with a 17 points, scoring eight in the final quarter to help Bowie pull away.
Aledo 55, Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber 51 (OT): Aledo got 19 points from Mallory Powell in the seventh-place game. Powell scored eight of Aledo's 13 points in overtime.
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