Bishop Gorman girls win fifth-straight district title


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Grace Community's Andrew Melhart puts defenisve pressure on Dallas Parish Episcopal's Preston Klein during their game Saturday at Whitehouse High School (Herb Nygren Jr. | Tyler Morning Telegraph)

WHITEHOUSE —Michelle Obach didn’t like how her first quarter went.

Bishop Gorman trailed by 10 and she missed all four of her shot attempts.

She spent the rest of the game making up for it, torching Dallas Christian for 37 points to rally the Lady Crusaders to their fifth straight district title with a 68-56 victory on Saturday at Wildcat Arena.

“All I was thinking about was making up for my terrible first quarter,” said the Gorman four-year starter, who also had four steals and four assists. “It’s awesome. (It) feels really good continuing what we did five years ago to all the way through most of these girls’ high school careers, so it’s been really good.”

The Lady Crusaders completed their third consecutive unbeaten league campaign and will open the playoffs at home on Friday against either Grace Community or Grapevine Faith Christian. The Lady Cougars booked their spot in the playoffs with a 55-48 upset of Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill earlier in the day.

The All Saints boys also secured a postseason berth Saturday after topping Carrollton Prince of Peace 81-71 in overtime. Meanwhile, the Grace boys finished with the fourth seed out of TAPPS 2-4A following a 61-39 loss to Dallas Parish Episcopal.

The Cougars play El Paso Lydia at 6 p.m. Friday, with the winner facing TAPPS 1-4A champ Lubbock Trinity Christian the following day. All Saints plays Grapevine Faith Christian on Tuesday with the winner taking on TAPPS 2-4A Dallas Christian, which defeated Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill 69-62 Saturday night for the title.

 

Girls

Championship

No. 1 Bishop Gorman 68, No. 2 Dallas Christian 56

The top-ranked team in TAPPS 4A, Gorman came into the championship game off a victory over Class 3A No. 2 Fairfield on Monday. But the No. 2 team in TAPPS 2-4A took it to the Lady Crusaders early on, grabbing a 14-2 lead 4:28 into the game Saturday.

Gorman (29-3) didn’t hit a field goal until Brooke Lee’s 3-pointer with 2:11 to go in the first and trailed 17-7 after one.

Then Obach took over.

Obach scored 10 in the second to help the Lady Crusaders go into the break up 30-25. She added 16 in the third and seven more in the fourth.

“She knows when she needs to step up and take control of the game and I think she had gotten frustrated at one point in the first quarter,” Gorman coach Katie Robertson said. “She was definitely a leader on the court tonight and took control when she needed to.”

Susannah Williams added 15 points and nine rebounds while Lee finished with 11 for Gorman.

Hunter Cauley had 14 points, 14 rebounds and three steals for Dallas Christian (21-13). Lexi Poynor and Melanie Johnson had 11 apiece. Johnson hit consecutive 3-pointers with 1:41 to go to pull the Lady Chargers within 62-54, but Obach scored the game’s next four points to ensure the Lady Crusaders came out on top.

“I am glad that we had this challenge for the district championship because now it’s do-or-die, so they need to come out from the very beginning of the game ready to play,” Robertson said.

“I don’t want them to get too spoiled and think it’s just going to be handed to them, but especially them having to work that hard in that game it makes you realize how proud you really are to be able to do that for five years now.”

 

Fifth-Place Game

No. 6 Grace Community 55, No. 4 Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill 48

In an intense battle for the league’s final playoff spot that included four technicals fouls, the Lady Cougars kept their cool and stroked 16 free throws in the second half to secure Grace’s position in the TAPPS 4A postseason.

After back-to-back technicals on Grace (12-17) gave TC-CH (15-14) four free throws and a 44-42 lead with 5:27 to go, the Lady Cougars went on a 13-1 run, scoring nine times from the charity stripe during the run.

“We talk a lot in practice about how to keep composure, keep discipline and be patient,” Grace coach Robyn Welch said. “It’s more than just a game, it’s their character, it’s who they represent and they want to take care of each other.”

Grace senior Rebekah Provines had 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists and hit seven free throws in the fourth quarter to help her team hold off the defending state semifinalists in a back-and-forth affair. Megan Raborar added 15 while Parker Daughtry (11) and Catherine Rook (10) also reached double figures scoring for the Lady Cougars.

Provines and Rook, the team’s only seniors, played nearly the whole game to help prolong their careers.

“Those two are true captains,” Welch said. “They played hard the entire game and they are why this team wants to compete in the playoffs so bad.”

Deontae Ingram scored 16 and Kamryn Smith added 11 for the Lady Tigers. The pair fouled out in a 10-second span as Grace grabbed a 45-44 lead it would not relinquish.

The Lady Cougars go for their first playoff win in eight years against Grapevine Faith Christian on Tuesday at a time and location to be determined.

 

Boys

Third-Place Game

No. 3 Dallas Parish Episcopal 61, No. 5 Grace Community 39

The Panthers raced out to an 8-0 lead and led by double-digist for much of the game to secure third-place.

Freshman Ty Bennett led all scorers with 20 points to go with a game-high five assists for Parish Episcopal (18-10). Michael Murph added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Panthers.

Grace was cold from long range all night, shooting 1 for 18 on 3-pointers before hitting two late with the game out of reach.

The Cougars made a run to cut within 41-31 entering the fourth quarter, but the Panthers opened the final frame on a 17-2 run and closed the game out comfortably.

Trevor Gunter scored 14 to lead Grace (16-15) and Verlo Levels added 10 points and three blocks. After shooting 44 percent on Friday to clinch a playoff berth, the Cougars were held to 29 percent shooting while the Panthers hit for 46 percent on the other end.

 

Fifth-Place Game

No. 6 All Saints 81, No. 4 Carrollton Prince of Peace 71, OT

The youthful Trojans had struggled closing out games this year, but with the season on the line, All Saints pulled through.

Sophomores and freshmen combined for all 81 points, including Aston Francis’ game-high 27 points to go along with six rebounds, four steals and three assists, as the Trojans extended their season with a gutsy overtime victory.

“Those kids have played a lot of basketball together and I’m very comfortable with them on the court at any time,” All Saints coach Eddie Francis said. “It’s just a collaborative effort by a bunch of young kids who I thought competed hard and just refused to lose at the end.

“Today we executed, stayed in our sets, got good looks and the looks went. Free throws were key at the end and the team defense.”

All Saints (23-14) led by as many as 10 in the third quarter before Prince of Peace (17-16) took a 63-61 lead with 1:13 to go. Aston Francis hit two of three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt with 0:29 to play to tie it. Spencer Ball (13 points, six boards) got a steal with five seconds left but Jaired Maddox (12 points, six boards) just missed on a runner at the buzzer.

After five lead changes to start overtime, Francis converted a three-point play to put the Trojans up 72-67 with 0:48 to play and All Saints hit 9 of 10 from the line the rest of the way to secure the win.

Pal Bajwa and Ryan Evans both hit for 19 points to lead the Eagles. David Bloom added 16 points and eight rebounds.

The Trojans were outrebounded 37-13 on Friday but on Saturday, despite the Eagles’ length and athleticism, they held a 39-33 advantage on the glass, led by freshman Luke Lee’s 10. Lee added 18 points.

“I wish I could say that’s good coaching but it’s not,” said coach Francis, whose team will play Grapevine Faith Christian to open the playoffs. “These kids will compete.”

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Girls Championship Game

No. 1 Bishop Gorman 68, No. 2 Dallas Christian 56

D. Christian 17 8 13 18 — 56

Gorman 7 23 24 14 — 68

DALLAS CHRISTIAN — Hunter Cauley, 14; Melanie Johnson, 11; Maddie England, 7; Lexi Poynor, 11; Diana Pangle, 2; Ashlan Miles, 9; Summer Stevens, 2. FG: 24-48. FT: 4-14.

GORMAN — Brooke Lee, 11; Allie Buzbee, 1; Michelle Obach, 37; Susannah Williams, 15; Courtney Fergerson, 4. FG: 23-59. FT: 17-23.

THREE POINT GOALS — DC (4-11): Johnson (3), Poynor. BG (5-16): Lee, Obach (4).

RECORDS — Dallas Christian 21-13; Gorman 29-3.

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Girls Fifth-Place Game

No. 6 Grace Community 55, No. 4 Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill 48

Grace 9 9 19 18 — 55

TC-CH 11 6 18 13 — 48

GRACE — Rebekah Provines, 14; Bethany Kimmey, 2; Megan Raborar, 15; Catherine Rook, 10; Parker Daughtry, 11; Taylor Kingsley, 2; Hannah Wright, 1. FG: 17-46. FT: 19-32.

TRINITY CHRISTIAN-CEDAR HILL — Asia Roy, 1; Cailyn Byrd, 7; Kamryn Smith, 11; Gabrielle Calvary, 2; Kamera Alexander, 2; Samantha Zamarron, 4; Deontae Ingram, 16; Je’Ann Johnson, 5. FG: 15-43. FT: 16-27.

THREE POINT GOALS — GC (1-5): Raborar. TCCH (2-18): Smith, Zamarron.

RECORDS — Grace 12-17; Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill 15-14.

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Boys Third-Place Game

No. 3 Dallas Parish Episcopal 61, No. 5 Grace Community 39

Grace 6 10 15 8 — 39

Parish Ep. 15 17 9 20 — 61

GRACE — Blake Hendricks, 3; Verlo Levels, 10; Trevor Gunter, 14; Phillip McKinney, 2; Andrew Melhart, 5; Thomas Nance, 3; Tanner Starr, 2. FG: 12-41. FT: 12-14.

PARISH EPISCOPAL — Dillan Shipper, 1; Cooper Lyon, 2; Davis Plummer, 2; Jonny Wells, 6; Preston Klein, 9; Chris Cole, 5; Michael Murph, 10; Wiley Oliver, 3; Ty Bennett, 20; Justin Albert, 3. FG: 22-48. FT: 7-9.

THREE POINT GOALS — GC (3-20): Hendricks, Melhart, Nance. PE (4-12): Wells, Klein, Cole, Albert.

RECORDS — Grace 16-14; Parish Episcopal 18-10.

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Boys Fifth-Place Game

No. 6 All Saints 81, No. 4 Carrollton Prince of Peace 71, OT

All Saints 17 16 22 8 18 — 81

Prince of Peace 15 15 19 14 8 — 71

ALL SAINTS — Aston Francis, 27; Luke Lee, 18; Clayton Smith, 9; Spencer Ball, 13; Jaired Maddox, 12; Brice Borgeson, 2. FG: 27-63. FT: 24-31.

PRINCE OF PEACE — Jeff Yan, 5; Pal Bajwa, 19; Dylan Ailey, 4; Nick Boyd, 6; Ryan Evans, 19; David Bloom, 16; Doug Andrew, 2. FG: 23-54. FT: 23-29.

THREE POINT GOALS — AS (3-11): Francis (3). POP (2-11): Bajwa (2).

RECORDS — All Saints 23-14; Prince of Peace 17-16.