Mansfield Summit’s bid to keep the Mansfield Spring Creek Invitational girls tournament championship in the school district came up short Friday with a 47-36 loss to Amarillo at Legacy High School.
The Jaguars (17-6) took a 4-1 lead, but Amarillo - the 5A No. 4 team in the state - scored the next eight points and never looked back.
Mansfield Timberview won last year’s tournament. Summit was seeking its first Spring Creek title since 2006.
The Sandies (21-1) stretched the lead to as many as 13 in the fourth quarter, and No. 8 Summit could never get closer than trailing by eight.
Summit freshman post Tommisha Lampkin picked up two fouls in the game’s first few minutes that impacted Summit’s strategy early on.
“When our big got into foul trouble early, it took us out of our game a little bit,” Summit coach Dawn Mailloux-Smith said. “We weren’t really able to execute in the way we wanted. I felt like we were flat on defense in the first half and our defense usually drives our offense so that didn’t help, either.”
Christina Baker led the Jaguars with 12 points and was named to the all-tournament team, as was Amber Dixon, who was limited to just two points in the championship game. Khadija Kelly contributed 10 while Lampkin finished the night with nine.
“We had a rough start on the first day,” Mailloux-Smith said. “We had two wins but we didn’t play our best basketball. Then we came out Thursday and really played two of the better games we’ve played all year long in one day. I was very proud of the team. It was a tough test and we passed.”
Mansfield Timberview 48, Canyon 45
Two teams that were expected to meet in the championship of this tournament, and are likely to meet in the Class 5A state tournament, battled for third place with No. 1 Mansfield Timberview surviving a missed three-pointer at the buzzer against No. 2 Canyon.
In a rematch of the title game last year, neither team held more that a six point lead at any point until late in the third quarter. Timberview (20-2) was up 40-31 after Lauren Thompson’s basket with 7:43 left in the game. But the lead didn’t last long.
Canyon (14-2) chipped away and tied the game at 45 with 1:35 left. Three free throws put the Wolves back on top at the 41 second mark.
The Eagles tried to work for a three-point shot, but the Timberview defense was locked down against it. Canyon tried a desperation three at the buzzer that missed.
Taylah Thomas led Timberview with 13 points and was named to the all-tournament team along with teammate Chennedy Carter. Angel Hayden had 19 to pace Canyon with Channing Cunyus making all-tournament for the Eagles.
Pflugerville 54, Cedar Hill 44
Pflugerville’s Jazmyn Stevens went on a personal 6-0 run, and assisted on another three-pointer, late in the third quarter to help the Panthers build a 10-point lead on Cedar Hill.
Pflugerville (18-4), No. 17 in the Class 6A TABC rankings, then kept Cedar Hill (18-5) at bay the rest of the way to take the fifth-place trophy.
Stevens led the Panthers with 12 points while Starr Omozee and Britney Onyeje, an all-tournament selection, chipped in 10 each. Cedar Hill’s Dajinae McCarty made the all-tourney team as well and led the Longhorns with 14 points.
Arlington Bowie 48, Arlington Martin 39
The Vols (18-3) started slowly, but went on a 20-0 run beginning in the waining moments of the second quarter and held off the Warriors (14-7) in the seventh-place game.
Martin bolted to an 8-0 lead behind Hillary Smith and Tatum Henderson. The Warriors never trailed until Bowie’s Jasmyne Robinson buried a long 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer for a 27-25 lead.
Bowie led 40-25 by the time the run was over and was never really challenged after that. Robinson led the Volunteers with 17 points, including five 3-pointers. Bowi’s Malay McQueen, an all-tournament selection, added 12 points.
Tiara Malone, also and all-tournament team member, led Martin with 11 points. Smith and Henderson had eight points each for the Warriors.
Little Elm 56, Keller 40
Keller played catch up for most of the consolation championship against Little Elm, but could never quite get back in the game.
The Indians, No. 17 in the latest TABC Class 6A rankings, last led at 11-10 with 1:49 left in the first quarter. But a 14-2 run by Little Elm (13-9) gave the Lobos a 24-13 lead that Keller (18-5) could never recover from.
Keller closed to within 38-32 early in the fourth quarter, but Keviona Barber and Jayeida Neal, who led Little Elm with 15 and 14 points respectively, helped the Lobos pull away.
Megan Vincent led Keller with 11 points and Mallory Lockhart added 10 for the Indians. Little Elm’s Ma’K’La Woods was named to the all-tournament team.
MVP: Sidney Tinner, Amarillo
Kaki Simpson, Amarillo; Zayla Tinner, Amarillo; Christina Baker, Mansfield Summit; Amber Dixon, Mansfield Summit; Tiara Malone, Arlington Martin; Malay McQueen, Arlington Bowie; Ma’K’La Woods, Little Elm; Dajinae McCarty, Cedar Hill; Britney Onyeje, Pflugerville; Channing Cunyus, Canyon; Chennedy Carter, Mansfield Timberview; Taylah Thomas, Mansfield Timberview.