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2017 Girls Basketball Playoffs

Martin’s Mill Loses Heartbreaker To Panhandle In 2A Title Game

Hailey Celsur goes for the block against Panhandle's Rylee Albracht. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)
Hailey Celsur goes for the block against Panhandle's Rylee Albracht. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)

SAN ANTONIO -- Mollie Daniel scored on a layup and all 6,781 in attendance at the Alamodome waited for the other shoe to drop.

Daniel's basket for Martin's Mill, which had not led since the first quarter, cut what was once a seven-point Panhandle lead at its worst down to one with 5:44 remaining Saturday in the Class 2A state championship game. The second thud never came.

Panhandle's lead ranged from one point to four through the next four minutes, but it never lost that lead and ultimately claimed the title with a 50-43 victory.

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Panhandle Cuts Woden’s First State Tournament Appearance Short + Faces Martin’s Mill In 2A Championship Game

Woden acknowledges its fans after falling to Panhandle, 62-37, at the Alamodome in the 2A state semifinals. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)
Woden acknowledges its fans after falling to Panhandle, 62-37, at the Alamodome in the 2A state semifinals. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)

SAN ANTONIO -- Woden learned Friday there's still a ways to go before it can claim its first girls basketball state championship. But it also got to see how much its first run past a regional tournament impacted the small community in Nacogdoches County as well as the alumni base that migrated elsewhere after graduation.

The Lady Eagles' tipped off in front of an Alamodome crowd of 4,187, about two-thirds of it supporting them, ahead of falling to Panhandle 62-37 in the Class 2A state semifinal round.

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Martin’s Mill Saves Season With 19-1 Closing Run Against Weimar In State Semis

Martin's Mill guard Briley Moon fights off a trap from Weimar guard Kamie Klesel (30) and Summer Almeida (42) in the Lady Mustangs' 58-50 semifinal win on March 3 at the Alamodome. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)
Martin's Mill guard Briley Moon fights off a trap from Weimar guard Kamie Klesel (30) and Summer Almeida (42) in the Lady Mustangs' 58-50 semifinal win on March 3 at the Alamodome. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)

SAN ANTONIO -- Martin's Mill reversed what had been an awful second half from the floor in the final five minutes and stole a 58-50 win from defending Class 2A state champion Weimar in the state semifinal round Friday at the Alamodome.

Briley Moon connected on two 3-point shots within 18 seconds of each other to tie the game at the 1:49 mark of the fourth quarter, which snapped an initial 0-for-9 personal performance behind the line. The Lady Mustangs then scored eight unanswered points at the free throw line around a series of empty Weimar possessions to reach their second championship game in three seasons.

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Buffalo Girls Run Down Mount Vernon For 3A Title Appearance

Buffalo's Lauren Pate catches Mount Vernon guard Annie Coffey in the lane for one of her five blocks in Thursday's 3A state semifinal game at the Alamodome. Buffalo won, 50-43. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)
Buffalo's Lauren Pate catches Mount Vernon guard Annie Coffey in the lane for one of her five blocks in Thursday's 3A state semifinal game at the Alamodome. Buffalo won, 50-43. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)

SAN ANTONIO -- It didn't matter that Mount Vernon had led by as many as 12 points. It didn't matter that Buffalo had only been up by one point leading up to crunch time in Thursday's Class 3A state semifinal game at the Alamodome.

What mattered was the contest was tied at the start of the fourth quarter. Buffalo capitalized for a 50-43 win and a berth into Saturday's 3A state championship game in San Antonio.

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Nazareth Knocks Out Slocum For 24th State Championship Game Appearance

Makayla Bickerstaff, the only starter graduating in May for Slocum, and Jalyn Fletcher share a moment after receiving their state tournament medals after a 63-31 loss to Nazareth in San Antonio. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)
Makayla Bickerstaff, the only starter graduating in May for Slocum, and Jalyn Fletcher share a moment after receiving their state tournament medals after a 63-31 loss to Nazareth in San Antonio. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)

SAN ANTONIO -- Slocum's season ended Thursday in the Class A state semifinals before 2,781 fans and a few pigeons that call the cavernous Alamodome home.

Its game against Nazareth wasn't close but for a few minutes, a 63-31 final score, and the Lady Mustangs had some time to digest the fact there would be no state championship game.

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UIL Girls State Basketball Tournament Pairings

Martin's Mill prepares take on Panhandle during the UIL Girls State Basketball 2A semifinal at the Alamodome in San Antonio on March 4, 2016. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)
Martin's Mill prepares take on Panhandle during the UIL Girls State Basketball 2A semifinal at the Alamodome in San Antonio on March 4, 2016. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)

UIL Girls State Basketball Championships
Thursday-Saturday
At Alamodome, San Antonio
THURSDAY’S GAMES

  • Class A semifinal: SLOCUM (25-9) vs. Nazareth (33-1), 8:30 a.m.
  • Class A semifinal: Dodd City (31-3) vs
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Mount Vernon Downs Winnsboro In Regional Championship Game

Mount Vernon's Alissa Hill draws contact on the elbow against Winnsboro leading scorer Abi Nichols.
Mount Vernon's Alissa Hill draws contact on the elbow against Winnsboro leading scorer Abi Nichols.

ROCKWALL -- Brad Floyd usually takes off a few days of work to catch the girls basketball state tournament games in Central Texas. This year, he'll do the deal in all-expenses-paid style.

Floyd's Mount Vernon team cruised to an easy 50-35 win Saturday against Winnsboro in the Class 3A Region II championship game and spent the rest of the day sorting out the logistics to make a trip to San Antonio possible.

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Two-Time Defending Champ Argyle Wears Down Bullard

Argyle's Madison Ralston (22) and Bullard's Sydney Foster fight for a loose ball during their Class 4A Region II semifinal Friday night in Commerce.
Argyle's Madison Ralston (22) and Bullard's Sydney Foster fight for a loose ball during their Class 4A Region II semifinal Friday night in Commerce.

COMMERCE -- The Bullard Lady Panthers did their best to hang with a much bigger and more experienced Argyle team, but simply ran out of gas.

Two-time defending state champion Argyle ground out a 36-24 victory over Bullard, Friday night in their Class 4A Region II semifinal at The Field House on the campus of Texas A&M-Commerce.

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Carrollton Ranchview Ousts Gilmer in Regional Semis With Fourth-Quarter Run

Gilmer Kyla Grant pulls up for a turn around shot.
Gilmer's Kyla Grant pulls up for a turnaournd shot against Carrollton Ranchview during their Class 4A Region II semifinal Friday night in Commerce.

COMMERCE -- Appearing in its third consecutive regional tournament, the Gilmer Lady Buckeyes were hoping to finally break through and attain the ultimate goal of competing at state.

Carrollton Ranchview had other ideas...

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Fifth-Ranked Spring Dekaney Escapes John Tyler In Regional Semis

John Tyler's Alyssa Mayfield tries to work around Spring Dekaney's Tatyana Hill in the second quarter. Mayfield scores a game-best 25 points in spite of the loss in Dallas.
John Tyler's Alyssa Mayfield tries to work around Spring Dekaney's Tatyana Hill in the second quarter. Mayfield scores a game-best 25 points in spite of the loss in Dallas.

DALLAS -- John Tyler was not able to get a shot off from beyond mid-court and its season ended Friday at Ellis Davis Field House in the Class 6A Region II semifinal round, 66-63, to Spring Dekaney.

Still, it wasn't a bad two weeks for a program that scraped into the postseason with a last-second score in the District 11-6A playoff game for the fourth and final seed out of the league.

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