With both teams coming in ranked and undefeated in district play, Tuesday night’s game didn’t quite live up to the hype.
No. 1-ranked Mansfield Timberview used 18 assists and 13 steals to beat No. 17 Mansfield Summit 73-48 and remain perfect on the season.
“I wanted to see us step up in a game that we knew mattered,” Timberview coach Kit Martin said. “We tried to treat it as a playoff game; this is the way it’s going to be in playoffs. We kind of want to simulate that kind of pressure because it’s coming and that’s what we want.”
The Jaguars (19-5, 7-1 District 14-5A) hung in there at the start, leading 11-9, but Chennedy Carter had a three-point play on her way to a game-high 22 points to spark Timberview (23-0, 8-0).
“We just wanted to push the tempo and get everybody involved and play hard on defense,” Carter said.
The Wolves ended the first quarter on a 14-4 run, outscored Summit 31-18 in the second and third quarters and built a 25-point lead midway through the fourth.
Summit, which trailed 37-22 at halftime, got two quick baskets in the third to cut the deficit to 11 and force a Timberview timeout. But the Wolves came out with another run and led 54-33 after three.
Carter, who was 9 of 17 from the field, also had five assists, three rebounds and three steals.
Trelynn Tyler hit her first three shots and went on to finish with 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals for Timberview. Taylah Thomas added 12 points and Allyson Hinds had 11.
“It’s kind of like pick your poison some nights, and we want to feel comfortable scoring, and right now we’re doing that pretty well,” Martin said.
Celsi Caraway had 14 points and Keonna Watson added 12 to lead Summit.