Southlake Carroll point guard Kennedy Leonard scored a game-high 27 points — 12 in the fourth quarter — as the Dragons rallied to defeat Colleyville Heritage 61-56 in a girls basketball game Tuesday at Colleyville Heritage.
The game was tied at 42 entering the fourth quarter, but Heritage (4-5) took its largest lead of the game at 49-44 with 5:43 left after two baskets by UT Arlington commit Artavia Ford and a 3-pointer by Caitlyn Foster.
Ford led the Panthers with 20 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots.
Leonard took over from that point, tying the game at 51 with a pair of free throws before scoring the next eight points, the final two on a layup with 12 seconds left that gave the Dragons (7-2) a 59-53 lead.
The teams traded baskets early until Carroll went on a 13-0 run late in the first quarter and early in the second to take a 25-14 lead with 7:02 left before the half. Anna Hurlburt had seven of her nine first-half points during the spree.
The Panthers battled back behind Ford, who scored all seven of her first-half points from that point on to bring Heritage back to within 30-27 at the half.
The Panthers pulled even at 36 on a basket by Ford with 4:13 left in the third quarter. Leonard’s layup at the third-quarter buzzer tied the game at 42.
“We always have a battle with Colleyville [Heritage],” Leonard said. “I think the team just really stepped up and we were good when we needed to be.”