Senior helps Martin girls blow past Richland

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Senior Emily Slagle scored 27 points and Arlington Martin pulled away at the end to beat Richland 46-32 in a Class 5A bi-district girls basketball game Monday at Nolan Catholic High School.

Martin (21-7) advances to the area round and will face the winner of today’s matchup between Midland Lee and El Paso Bel Air.

Slagle took over at the 2:05 mark of the third quarter, scoring 14 of the Warriors’ final 16 points.

“She’s an absolutely phenomenal kid and has been committed to playing team ball all year,” said Martin coach Brooke Brittain. “She’s doing what we need to do to grow. And some nights, we just need her to step up and she absolutely did tonight.”

The first half was tough and physical as both teams played excellent defense.

Richland (18-11) led by two before Martin went on an 8-0 run, capped by a layup from Lexis Weber, to lead 18-12 with 1:28 left in the half.

“They came out exactly like I expected, being very tough and a very smart team,” said Brittain. “Coach [Kenya] Landers does a great job, and it kind of shook us until we got the playoff jitters out of us.”

Slagle hit a long 3-pointer to give the Warriors a 25-15 lead with 5:59 left in the third quarter, and Martin was able to maintain that margin until early in the fourth quarter when Sydney Brock’s basket cut the lead to six.

The Warriors went on a 10-2 run after that to put the game away.

“Gabby Bell really helped to control their tempo by getting in front of the ball,” said Brittain, who was concerned about the Rebels ability to score quickly off the break. “We knew we’d have to get that under control coming in, and everyone was committed to getting back.”

Weber added six points for Martin and pulled down 11 rebounds.

Lexi Bartlett led Richland with 10 points while Brock chipped in five points and 13 rebounds.

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