Hurst L.D. Bell girls topple Flower Mound Marcus

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Undersized and overmatched.

That’s what everyone was telling the Hurst L.D. Bell girls heading into their Class 5A Region I quarterfinal matchup against Flower Mound Marcus, the state’s No. 3-ranked team.

Bell outscored Marcus by 12 points in the second half to upset Marcus 52-41 on Tuesday night at Northwest High School.

Bell advances to face Arlington Lamar in the Region I semifinals at 8 p.m. Friday at TCU’s Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

The Blue Raiders (28-2) are very familiar with the underdog role, having been knocked out of the playoffs by state champion Duncanville the last two seasons. Marcus ends its season 29-3.

“It was definitely an upset, but we believed we could win the ballgame,” Bell coach Brock Pembleton said. “We’re small but we’ve got a ton of fight.”

Trailing 30-26 with 1:02 remaining in the third quarter, Bell guard Cierra Johnson knocked down a 3-pointer while absorbing contact from a Marcus defender, putting her on the line for a chance to tie the game.

Johnson calmly drained the free throw to finish off the four-point play, tying the game at 30.

“[Johnson] makes everything go,” Pembleton said of his senior point guard. “Marcus runs a trap which kept us from running our pick and roll and that forced us to make shots, and we were able to do that.”

After a defensive stand, Maggie Lockwood drilled another 3-pointer to give Bell its first lead of the half, one it would not relinquish.

Bell senior forward Sheridan Pilcher led all scorers with 16 points.

“Our seniors are going to go down fighting no matter what,” Pembleton said. “I’m so proud right now. I’m almost in disbelief.”

“Getting by Marcus was the first step,” Pembleton said. “Facing Lamar, it’s going to be a dogfight. We snuck by them the first two times so we’ll have to come ready to play.”

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