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PREVIEW: Laneville Meets Water Valley Saturday Night For 1A Division II Championship

Laneville’s Donta Harris drives past Miller Grove’s Patrick Covington and Aaron Smith in a Class A Division II state semifinal Friday night in Austin. Harris scored 30 points to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 55-54 win and Saturday’s state final. (Travis Harsch, ETSN.fm)

UIL Boys State Basketball Tournament

Class A Division II State Championship Game

Laneville (33-6) vs. Water Valley (28-5)
  • When: 7 p.m. Saturday
  • Where: Frank Erwin Center, Austin

 

Road to Austin

Laneville
  • Area: def. Round Top-Carmine, 100-48
  • Regional quarterfinal: def. Calvert, 69-55
  • Regional semifinal: def. Moulton, 67-40
  • Regional championship: def. Oakwood, 77-69
  • State semifinal: def. Miller Grove, 55-54

 

Water Valley
  • Area: def. Cross Plains, 89-38
  • Regional quarterfinal: def. Bronte, 63-20
  • Regional semifinal: def. Crowell, 66-53
  • Regional championship: def. Graford, 58-25
  • State semifinal: def. Nazareth, 58-42

 

Players to watch

Laneville
  • Donta Harris, G, Sr., 5-8 — 30 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals vs. Miller Grove in semifinals
  • Kendrick Anderson, G/F, Jr., 6-2 — 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists vs. Miller Grove in semifinals
  • Tra Alexander, G, Soph, 6-1 — 9 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal vs. Miller Grove in semifinals

 

Water Valley
  • Trae Hannon, G, Sr., 5-10 — 17 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 assists vs. Nazareth in semifinals
  • Connor Copley, G, Sr., 5-10 — 12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals vs. Nazareth in semifinals
  • Brock Demere, F, Sr., 6-3 — 10 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal vs. Nazareth in semifinals.

 

Quoteworthy

  • Laneville coach Hosea Lee on Water Valley: “That’s going to be a fun game; I think we both play similar styles. They like to play fullcourt man-to-man, and we like to play fullcourt man-to-man. I think it’s going to be a good basketball game. We’re looking forward to tomorrow night, and we lived to see another day.”

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