Arlington Martin cripples North Crowley’s playoff hopes

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Emily Slagle scored 14 points and Arlington Martin hindered North Crowley’s playoff chanceswith a 45-43 home-court win Friday night.

The victory locks up second place for the Warriors (20-6, 11-2 District 3-5A) and sets up a playoff game with Richland, the third-place finisher in District 4-5A.

“We knew they were going to come out and play us tough like they did before,” Slagle said. “They had a lot to play for. We know we can’t win district, but it’s nice to finish strong and then see what happens in the playoffs.”

For North Crowley (13-12, 7-6), the loss sets up a showdown with Weatherford (16-12, 7-6) at 6 p.m. Tuesday at North Crowley for the final playoff spot.

Weatherford, which beat the Panthers 48-45 earlier this season, is tied with North Crowley after beating Fort Worth Paschal 47-22 on Friday night.

Slagle’s hot start helped Martin set the pace, breaking out to a 17-9 first quarter lead.

North Crowley responded with an 11-5 run to fight back to 22-22 at halftime.

Despite drawing within two points multiple times in the second half, the Panthers couldn’t break away.

The Warriors found four easy transition buckets to spark a 9-0 run to begin the third quarter. Madeline Karickhoff capped the run with a 3-pointer.

Danielle Williams led North Crowley with 12 points, and Jasmine Williams added 11.

Karickhoff and Lexis Weber each scored 10 points to complement Martin.

The Warriors shot 18 for 25 from the field.

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