TAPPS Tournament: Grace tops Prince Of Peace

Published on Friday, 15 February 2013 23:38 - Written by Travis Yoesting

WHITEHOUSE — Grace Community coach Neal Welch commented to his assistants that the Cougars looked tired on the court early against Carrollton Prince of Peace.

An early timeout to remind his players of the team motto — we play harder — put the Cougars in the right mindset.

After having more turnovers than points in the first quarter, Grace turned its game around en route to a 59-50 victory on the final game of Friday's action in the TAPPS 2-4A tournament at Whitehouse's Wildcat Arena.

The Cougars clinched a playoff berth with the win and will play Dallas Parish Episcopal today at 4:30 p.m. for third place.

“We started off sluggish; it looked like we were jogging,” Welch said. “I called a timeout early and got after them talking about how our motto for the year is we play harder and it doesn't look like we're playing harder right now. I said let's change it.

“From that point on, we picked up it intensity-wise and we finished out strong and now we've got a chance to play for third place.”

The Panthers took down All Saints 40-34 earlier in the afternoon to book their spot in the third-place game. The Trojans will play the Eagles for the fifth and final playoff berth at 1:30 p.m. today.

On the girls side, the Lady Cougars fell 42-21 to the Lady Eagles, sending Grace to the fifth-place game at noon against Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill, which was upset 49-34 by Waco Reicher. Reicher and Prince of Peace play for third at 3 p.m.

The TAPPS 2-4A girls and boys finals will be played today. The No. 1 Bishop Gorman girls face Dallas Christian at 6 and the No. 1 Dallas Christian boys battle TC-CH at 7:30 p.m.



No. 5 Grace Community 59, No. 4 Carrollton Prince of Peace 50

Trevor Gunter scored 22 points, all after the first quarter, and three blocks to help the Cougars (16-13) return to the postseason after winning their third straight since the end of the regular season.

Grace led 26-21 early in the second half after Verlo Levels (14 points, eight rebounds, two blocks) converted a three-point play. Prince of Peace (17-15) then scored 13 straight to grab a 34-26 with 4:46 to play in the third.

The Cougars responded quickly, reversing the course of the game with an 11-0 burst in a 2:22 span to reclaim the lead.

The Eagles took a brief 43-41 advantage at the start of the fourth but Andrew Melhart's third 3-pointer put Grace up 46-43 with 6:11 to play and after a Levels jumper the Cougars led by at least five the rest of the way.

“It feels great because I heard from so many people that this was maybe a rebuilding year for Grace with having only one senior,” said Welch, in his first year as head coach at Grace. “I thought that was not true. So we've proven everyone wrong that had that opinion of us. We have a chance to be the third-best team in the conference and go to playoffs on a high note right now.”

Pal Bajwa hit for 19 points to lead the Eagles. Jeff Yan filled up the stat-sheet with nine assists, six points, five steals and four rebounds, Ryan Evans chipped in 10 points and David Bloom pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds for PoP.


No. 3 Dallas Parish Episcopal 40, No. 6 All Saints 34

With a rebounding edge of 37-13, the Panthers used their size to hold the Trojans at arm's length in the second half to advance.

Ty Bennett scored 15 of his game-high 17 in the first half to lead Parish Episcopal (17-10). Jaired Maddox paced All Saints (22-14) with 15 points.

After eight lead changes in the first 12:09, the Panthers finished the second quarter on an 8-0 run to take a 27-20 lead into the break.

The pace slowed down in the second half and although the Trojans outscored the Panthers 14-13, they were unable to regain the lead. All Saints pulled to within four in the third but couldn't cut the deficit to less than five in the fourth quarter.

The Trojans had a chance to cut the lead to a single possession after a steal with 40 seconds to go, but a turnover in the backcourt ended hopes of a comeback.

Spencer Ball added eight points for the Trojans, who also received seven points and five assists from Aston Francis.



No. 3 Carrollton Prince of Peace 42, No. 6 Grace Community 21

Cori Schnell scored the game's first nine points and nearly outscored the Lady Cougars herself, finishing with 19 to shoot the Lady Eagles (20-9) into the next round.

Schnell hit three straight shots, including two 3-pointers, to score all of Prince of Peace's first-quarter points. A jumper from Grace senior Catherine Rook with 1:16 to go in the first was the first basket by someone not named Schnell. Grace didn't hit nine points until the 5:20 mark of the third quarter.

The Lady Cougars (11-17) were unable to dig themselves out of the early hole. After pulling within 13-6 midway through the second, Grace went scoreless the rest of the half.

Megan Raborar led Grace with eight points while freshman Parker Daughtry supplied seven points and six rebounds off the bench. Rebekah Provines chipped in seven rebounds and five steals.

Carolyn Sosinski had 12 point, eight rebounds and five steals for the Lady Eagles.


No. 5 Waco Reicher 49, No. 4 Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill 34

Shyan Schulte scored 22 points as Reicher secured the only win for a team in a dark jersey on Friday. Though the Grace boys were the higher seed, a jersey snafu had the Cougars playing in white.

Girls Game 4

No. 5 Waco Reicher 49, No. 4 Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill 3 4

Reicher 8 13 14 14 — 49

TC-CH 11 5 6 12 — 34

REICHER — Albers, 7; Schulte, 22; Marshall, 5; Toben, 7; Mendiola, 4; Benton, 4.

TRINITY CHRISTIAN-CEDAR HILL — Byrd, 11; Smith, 7; Alexander, 5; Davis, 1; Ingram, 10.

THREE POINT GOALS — WR: Toben. TCCH: Smith, Alexander.

Boys Game 5

No. 3 Dallas Parish Episcopal 40, No. 6 All Saints 34

All Saints 13 7 6 8 — 34

Parish Ep. 12 15 5 8 — 40

ALL SAINTS — Aston Francis, 7; Luke Lee, 2; Spencer Ball, 8; Jaired Maddox, 15; Brice Borgeson, 2. FG: 13-38. FT: 6-11.

PARISH EPISCOPAL — Cooper Lyon, 6; Jonny Wells, 2; Preston Klein, 5; Chris Cole, 2; Michael Murph, 3; Wiley Oliver, 5; Ty Bennett, 17. FG: 15-34. FT: 9-26.

THREE POINT GOALS — AS (4-11): Francis, Ball (2), Maddox. PE (1-6): Bennett.

RECORDS — All Saints 22-14; Parish Episcopal 17-10.

Girls Game 5

No. 3 Carrollton Prince of Peace 42, No. 6 Grace Community 21

Grace 2 4 10 5 — 21

Prince of Peace 9 12 8 13 — 42

GRACE — Cori Schnell, 19; Alexandria Arndorfer, 1; Tessa Swanson, 2; Carolyn Sosinski, 12; Gabby Barry, 4; Alana Watts, 4. FG: 14-47. FT: 10-19.

PRINCE OF PEACE — Bethany Kimmey, 2; Megan Raborar, 8; Catherine Rook, 2; Parker Daughtry, 7; Taylor Kingsley, 2. FG: 8-43. FT: 4-8.

THREE POINT GOALS — GC (1-7): Raborar. POP (4-18): Schnell (2), Sosinski (2).

RECORDS — Grace 11-17; Prince of Peace 20-9.

Boys Game 4

No. 5 Grace Community 59, No. 4 Carrollton Prince of Peace 50

Grace 6 17 18 18 — 59

Prince of Peace 10 11 18 11 — 50

GRACE — Verlo Levels, 14; Trevor Gunter, 22; Blake Johnson, 2; Phillip McKinney, 2; Andrew Melhart, 9; Levi Crozier, 5; Call Florence, 2; Zac Roark, 1; Tanner Starr, 2. FG: 20-45. FT: 14-21.

PRINCE OF PEACE — Jeff Yan, 6; Pal Bajwa, 19; Nick Boyd, 8; Ryan Evans, 10; David Bloom, 7. FG: 17-55. FT: 11-17.

THREE POINT GOALS — GC (5-14): Levels, Melhart (3), Crozier. POP (4-18): Bajwa (3), Evans.

RECORDS — Grace 16-13; Prince of Peace 17-15.