Boswell falls short against Azle

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Payton Berger grabbed a rebound with 4.9 seconds left and sank two free throws to help Azle hold off a furious Saginaw Boswell rally and claim a 45-41 Class 4A Region I bi-district game at Northwest High School.

Azle (22-10) advances to meet Fort Worth Trimble Tech in the area round at a site and date to be determined.

The Hornets had a seven-point lead with 48 seconds left, but Boswell’s Shelby Jasso converted a three-point play. After Azle hit one of two at the free-throw line, Boswell’s Megan Ledbetter sank a 3-pointer with 10.5 seconds left to cut the deficit to 43-41.

With a chance to seal the game with 8.7 seconds left, Azle missed both free throws. But Berger grabbed the rebound, went to the line and sealed the win.

“Our girls never quit the entire game” Azle coach Mitzi Marquart said. “Boswell hurt us on the glass all night, but we knew we had to crash the glass and get some rebounds in the second half.”

Morgan Prentice led Azle with 15 points, including five in a row midway through the fourth quarter to help the Hornets open a 39-31 lead.

Boswell (24-8) was led by Megan Ledbetter with 12 points, and Markysha Forrest added 10.

“This is a huge win for us,” said Marquart, who coached Azle to the playoffs for the first time since 2005. “Boswell is a good team and we knew they would give us some trouble, but give credit to our girls for staying with it.”

Azle led 15-11 at halftime as neither side shot well from the floor. The Hornets made just 6 of 25 shots and turned the ball over 10 times. Boswell was 5 of 19 with 13 turnovers.

To start the third quarter, Azle went on a 6-0 run, getting a basket and free throw from Berger and a 3-pointer from Prentice to open a 21-13 lead. The Hornets entered the fourth quarter with a 26-19 edge.

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