Mansfield Spring Creek Invitational: Mansfield Timberview rallies in OT to reach semifinal

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Mansfield Timberview watched a late lead slip away, but rebounded in overtime to knock off Irving MacArthur 54-47 in front of a home crowd and advance to the semifinals of the Mansfield Spring Creek Barbecue Invitational.

“It was a gut-check time for us,” Timberview coach Kit Martin said. “We’ve lost some games that were one- and two-point games. This was one of those times where you’ve got to come through to build some confidence.”

After leading 23-21 at the half, Timberview’s defense smothered MacArthur in the third period, limiting the Cardinals to only three points — all free throws. Meanwhile, the Wolves extended their lead to 31-24.

For most of the fourth period, the Wolves (16-5) kept MacArthur (14-3) at arm’s length. Following a JaLea Bennett layup, Timberview led 43-35 with 1:25 left in the game, but the Cardinals mounted a late charge.

Tana Driver hit a 3-pointer to draw within 43-38. She then hit another from distance with 12 seconds left to level the score at 43-43. The Wolves had a couple of looks in the waning seconds but couldn’t convert.

MacArthur took its first lead since the second quarter early in overtime, but a Dayo Olabode three-point play put the Wolves back on top 46-44. And this time Timberview held on for good.

“Even though we had a spell, we didn’t get our heads down,” Martin added. “We went into overtime with an attitude of resolve. It was a new ball game for four minutes — go win it — and I thought we did a good job.”

Terriell Bradley hit four free throws in the final 17 seconds to make it 54-47.

Bennett and Olabode led the Wolves with 19 and 16 points respectively.

• Arlington Bowie 51, Aledo 45: Jaye Cage scored 16 points to lead the Volunteers past the Bearcats in quarterfinal action at Mansfield High School. The Volunteers, ranked No. 6 in 5A , advance to play Pflugerville (20-2) in the semifinals at 1:15 p.m. Saturday at Timberview High school.

“There were a couple of keys we needed to have in order to win tonight,” Bowie coach Kelly Carruthers said. “One of them was definitely running the floor. I told them we just needed to get rejuvenated [following a tough one-point win over Canyon earlier in the day] and be ready.”

Bowie (15-1) led 38-32 at intermission following a fast-paced, back-and-forth first half. The teams then combined for only seven points in the third quarter. Two of those came from Cage as time expired to give the Volunteers a 43-34 advantage. Aledo (14-2) scored one basket in the period.

“We pressed them full-court,” Carruthers added. “We like to play defense for 94 feet, and that turns into our offense.”

Bowie pushed its lead to as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter, but a three-point play by Justis Szczepanski-Beavers brought the Bearcats within five with 1:29 remaining.

Aledo would get no closer, though, as Bowie’s defense clamped down again in the final minute.

“We just weren’t ready to play four quarters tonight,” Aledo coach Mike Pinkerton said. The Bearcats are ranked No. 2 in 4A by the TABC.

Jazmine Holman contributed 13 points in the winning effort for the Volunteers. Szczepanski-Beavers led the Bearcats with 19 points, while Alyssa Dry and Kaylee Black added 14 and 10, respectively.

• Mansfield Summit 55, Galena Park North Shore 54: Mansfield Summit bounced back from a tough loss to Aledo earlier in the day to hold off Galena Park North Shore in a consolation game.

“I was very pleased with how we came out and competed [after the Aledo game],” Summit coach Tammy Lusinger said.

Keanna Kelly led the Jaguars with 19 points — none more important than her free throw with 1.4 seconds remaining to give Summit (11-6) the win. North Shore’s Jaylan Robinson hit a 3-pointer seconds earlier to tie the game, but freshman Chasity Patterson, who led all scorers with 28 points, fouled Kelly in the backcourt.

Kelly was 5-of-6 from the foul line in the fourth quarter, with her lone miss intentional to run out the final second. Stylz Sanders added 14 points for the Jaguars, who next face Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber on Saturday morning.

• Aledo 40, Mansfield Summit 38: Aledo battled back from a 12-point deficit to defeat Mansfield Summit to advance to the quarterfinals.

Summit (10-6), ranked 11th in 4A, went on a 13-2 run midway through the second quarter to put the Bearcats down 28-16 with under a minute left in the half. Keanna Kelly led the charge with a coast-to-coast field goal and a 3-pointer.

Aledo had numerous turnovers in the first half that led to the deficit, but turned up the pressure in the second half.

“The story was about defense and rebounding, plain and simple,” said Aledo coach Mike Pinkerton. “We started the half kind of in a feel-out process, but then when they grit their teeth and decided that they can play with them, then they started to play.”

From that point, Aledo went on a 19-6 run and took its first lead since early in the first quarter at 35-34 on a pair of free throws by Megan Wood with 5:10 left in the game.

Justis Szczepanski-Beavers had 10 of her game-high 14 points during the second-half run. Wood scored nine points for the Bearcats, all from the free-throw line.

Kelly, who led Summit with 13 points, hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left to pull within 39-38. But following an Alyssa Dry free throw, Amber Dixon’s desperation attempt at the buzzer missed.

• Arlington Martin 39, Plano John Paul II 37 (OT): Emily Slagle scored 19 points, including four of the team’s six points in overtime, as the Warriors defeated the Cardinals at Lake Ridge High School.

Iowa State signee Claire Ricketts had 16 points for John Paul II.

• North Crowley 58, Garland Lakeview Centennial 54 (OT): Ja’Carria Ferrell poured in 30 points for the Panthers, 17 in the fourth quarter and overtime, to down the Patriots.

Bre’Osha Scott and Laura Aina had 12 points each for Centennial.

• Mansfield Timberview 43, Cabot (Ark.) 27: JaLea Bennett scored 15 points and Dayo Olabode added 14 to lead the Wolves (15-5), who outscored the Panthers 14-2 in the third quarter. CoCo Calhoon had 13 points to lead Cabot.

• Stephenville 48, Mansfield Legacy 43: Tiara Green and Kourtney Seaton scored 11 points each as the Yellow Jackets knocked off 4A’s 19th ranked Broncos. Bethany Ross had 20 points for Legacy.

• Grapevine 55, Kennedale 52: The Mustangs erased a 6-point halftime deficit in the third quarter then held off the Wildcats.

The Mustangs’ Abby Sandy had three of her four 3-pointers in the third quarter on her way to 14 points. Mandi Routon led Grapevine with 16 points.

Jasmyn Poe had 15 and McKinley Bostad had 11 for Kennedale.

• Keller 67, The Woodlands College Park 42: Alli Gribbin had 17 of her 25 points in the first half as the Indians breezed past the Cavaliers. Kennedy Kress added 11 for Keller. Claire Salander led College Park with 11 points.

• Crowley 44, Mansfield Lake Ridge 35: Bailey Broadnax scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half to lead Crowley. De’Janaie Graves added 12 for Crowley. Kristan DeWitt had 11 for Lake Ridge.

• Fort Worth Trimble Tech 48, South Grand Prairie 40: Karrington Brown scored 16 points, Erin Backus added 12, and Desirea McGinnis had 10 to lead the Bulldogs who held off the Warriors. Kayla Wells had 10 to lead South’s balanced attack.

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