Bowie girls edge Timberview with late run, take third in Spring Creek Invitational

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Arlington Bowie stormed back from a late double-digit deficit to take third place in the Spring Creek Barbecue Invitational at Mansfield Timberview, defeating the host school 51-47 on Saturday night.

The Volunteers trailed 47-37 with 3:23 remaining in the game but closed with a 14-0 run.

“I just told them, ‘This tournament has been very competitive for us; we’ve got to persevere. We haven’t come this far to lose,’ ” Bowie coach Kelly Carruthers said. “And they stepped it up.”

Jaye Cage and Bria Degrate hit consecutive 3-pointers to bring Bowie (16-2) to within 45-37. With 3:23 left, Terielle Bradley’s layup gave the Wolves a 47-37 lead, but Timberview wouldn’t score again.

“We made some adjustments,” Carruthers said. “We went man and came out of our zone defensively.”

Timberview (16-7) struggled to counter, and Jazmine Holman converted a Wolves turnover into a layup to tie the score at 47-47. With 1:08 remaining, Emerald Mayfield scored to give Bowie a 49-47 lead — its first in the second half.

“We definitely had momentum going,” Carruthers said. “My kids are exhausted. I would say we had a really tough road from the first game to now, and they rose above it.”

Bowie outscored Timberview 20-4 in the fourth quarter. Mayfield had five of her team-leading 19 points in the period. Cage and Holman had 10 and nine points for the Volunteers, respectively, with each scoring six in the decisive fourth.

Bradley led Timberview with 15 points and had the team’s only points in the fourth quarter. Dayo Olabode added 14, while Jalea Bennett contributed 12 for the Wolves, who were the only tournament quarterfinalist not ranked in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches state poll.

•  Pflugerville 61, Flower Mound Marcus 55: In the title game at Mansfield Timberview High School, the Panthers (22-2) took a 48-37 lead into the fourth quarter, and every time Marcus looked like it would make a run, Pflugerville had an answer.

Vanessa Jones hit a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left to bring Marcus (17-2) back within 59-55, but a pair of Alyssa Washington free throws sealed the title for Pflugerville.

Marcus had four scorers in double digits in the losing effort, led by Morgan Easley’s 15 points. Vanessa Jones and Ashley James each added 11, while Anna Vassar had 10. Pflugerville was led by tournament MVP Alyssa Echols’ 16 points.

• Flower Mound Marcus 55, Mansfield Timberview 54: Timberview (16-6) came back from eight points down in a semifinal to tie the score at 52-52 with 54 seconds left, but Marcus (17-1) answered to build a three-point lead.

The Wolves hit a shot with 2 seconds left, but the Marauders were able to run out the clock.

Vanessa Jones led Marcus with 19 points, including three 3-pointers. Only three players scored for Timberview, led by Terrielle Bradley’s 23 points. Jalea Bennett added 19, and Dayo Olabode pitched in 12 for the Wolves.

• Pflugerville 65, Arlington Bowie 50: In the other semifinal, Bowie came out ice cold in the first half, trailing by 12 points at the intermission, but battled back to within four points at the end of the third quarter before going cold again.

“We just couldn’t make anything,” said Bowie coach Kelly Carruthers. “We missed a plethora of layups and just got kind of frustrated offensively.”

Alyssa Washington made 3 of 4 3-point attempts in the first half to help build the lead at halftime. Four players for Pflugerville (21-2) finished in double figures: Alyssa Washington (15 points), Stephanie Onyeje (19), Alyssa Echols (15), and Jaden Sturm (11) leading the way. Echols and Onyeje combined to make 8-of-10 free throws in the final quarter to keep the Vols from being able to get back in the game. Emerald Mayfield and Jaye Cage had 14 and 12 points respectively for the Volunteers.

• Fort Worth Trimble Tech 46, Keller 44: In the consolation final, the Bulldogs trailed by four points entering the fourth quarter but rallied for the win.

Crystal Allen scored five of her six points in the fourth quarter to lead the balanced attack of Trimble Tech (16-3). Nine players scored for the Bulldogs, led by LaKendra Bassett with nine points. Alli Gribbin led Keller (14-4) with 18 points but was shut out in the final quarter.

• Round Rock Stony Point 66, Cibolo Steele 63: In the fifth-place game, the Tigers blew a big lead then used an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter to reclaim it and hold off the Knights. The game had two 30-point scorers with Jordan Moore of Stony Point (20-5) picking up 36 and McKenzie Calvert of Steele (13-4) with 33.

• Canyon 37, Mansfield Summit 33: The Eagles (17-4) used an efficient offense and a troublesome 2-3 defense, exploited the Jaguars’ cold shooting and won seventh place.

“Offensively they execute extremely well and if you have someone out of position they’re going to find that open person,” Summit coach Tammy Lusinger said. “We only shot 25 percent from the floor, and you can’t beat them like that. It’s disappointing.”

Summit (12-7) trailed by nine points at halftime but cut the lead to three twice in the fourth quarter, the final time on a 3-pointer by Amber Dixon, but couldn’t complete the comeback. Stylz Sanders had 16 points to lead Summit. Caitlin Cunyus led Canyon with 10 points.

“We could have just buried our heads and quit after the first half,” said Lusinger. “But we were right there towards the end so I was happy with that.”

• Keller 46, Arlington Martin 36: The Indians (14-3) built an 11-point lead by halftime that the Warriors (14-4) could not overcome. Alli Gribbin scored 13 points for Keller and Lexi Burns chipped in 11. Maddie Karickhoff led Martin with 13 points.

• Mansfield Summit 59, Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber 46: The Jaguars (12-6) had four players in double figures and overcame a one-point deficit at the half to pull away from the Wildcats (10-3). Keanna Kelly (16 points), Taylor Jones (13), Amber Dixon (10), and Stylz Sanders (10) paced Summit. Marleeya Montgomery had 10 for Har-Ber.

• Fort Worth Trimble Tech 59, Crowley 40: The Bulldogs (15-3) went on a 21-0 run midway through the first quarter and into the second sparked by their defense and cold Eagles’ shooting. Desirea McGinnis scored 16 points and Crystal Allen had 14 for Trimble Tech. Bailey Broadnax led Crowley (12-7) with 14.

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