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Season ends for Saltillo, Yantis girls

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By BUTCH BURNEY
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    TYLER – Wagstaff Gymnasium was not a hospitable place for Hopkins County basketball teams Friday morning.


    Both the Saltillo Lady Lions and the Yantis Lady Owls were stopped in their Class A, Div. II, Region 3 semifinal games at the Tyler Junior College facility.

Strawn 55, Saltillo 40
    The Strawn Lady Greyhounds got 29 points and 15 rebounds from junior post Jayde Price to stave off the Lady Lions.
     Price made 13 of her team’s 23 field goals and collected almost half of Strawn’s 37 rebounds to offset a hot fourth-quarter shooting streak by Saltillo.
    Saltillo scored 19 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers each from sophomore Haylee Clover and freshman Rainie English and another three by senior Kendall Bain, but Price had 11 points in the quarter herself to hold Saltillo at bay. The Lady Lions made 8-of-19 3-pointers in the game (42.1 percent), which was better than their 2-point percentage (8-of-35, 22.9 percent).
    Clover finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots, while Bain had nine points, three rebounds and three assists and sophomore Paula Boekhorst had eight points.
    Strawn started  the game on a 5-0 run while holding Saltillo scoreless for the first 3:40 of the game. Saltillo’s first score came on a 10-foot jumper in the lane by Boekhorst off an assist from Regan Hicks. But, Strawn’s Jaqueline Berumen hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final 1:45 of the quarter to stake the Lady Greyhounds to an 11-4 advantage.
Using a 7-2 run to start the second quarter – fueled by a 3-ointer from Bain and a pair of jumpers from Ana Gellegos – Saltillo cut the deficit to 13-11 with 5:05 to play, but Strawn went on a 12-2 run of its own to extend their halftime lead to 25-13. Boekhorst’s 15-foot jumper was the only Saltillo bucket during an eight-minute stretch over the second and third quarters.
    The scoring drought was broken with a 3-pointer from junior Hannah Wade that cut the Saltillo deficit to 28-16 with 4:46 to go in the third quarter.
    Saltillo opened the final stanza with a 3-pointer from Clover and got the lead down to nine points on two occasions following a 3-pointer from English with 2:57 to go and again a possession later on a Clover inside bucket. But, Strawn hit a pair of 3-pointers themselves to keep the game out of reach.
     Strawn got 14 points from Berumen and six points from Tearany Atkins. The Lady Greyhounds outrebounded Saltillo 37-24.
    Strawn hit just 4-of-23 3-pointers, though they did shoot 54 percent on 2-pointers (19-of-35). The Lady Greyhounds (24-9) advance to play the Lipan Lady Indians (36-1) in the regional championship game Saturday.
    Saltillo (24-12) received six points, seven rebounds and three assists from English, and four points and five rebounds from Gellegos.
    Bain and Katlyn Gurley were the only two seniors for Saltillo.
 
Lipan 75, Yantis 40
    A tough matchup for Yantis against the No. 1-ranked team in the state became impossible when the Lipan Lady Indians took a 27-4 lead in the first quarter.
    Lipan sophomore Lanie Roberts scored the first seven points of the game in the first 31 seconds on a lay-up, a steal and bucket and another steal and a 3-pointer. Roberts had a tremendous all-around game with 25 points, eight rebounds, nine steals, four assists and two blocks.
    Yantis junior Josey Wetzel countered that with 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Lady Owls (22-11).
    The first and third quarters proved to be Yantis’ undoing as they managed just four points in each of the periods, thanks mostly to a suffocating Lipan press that resulted in 21 steals.
     After the initial 31-second, seven-point Lipan blitzkrieg, Yantis senior Angelica Sandoval hit a runner to get the Lady Owls on the board. Sandoval finished with nine points and three assists.
    But, Lipan (34-1) finished the quarter on a 20-2 run fueled by six points from senior post Shauna Coleman, who finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots.
    Yantis, though, scored the first eight points of the second period on back-to-back 3-pointers from Wetzel and Sandoval and a Wetzel putback to draw to within 27-12 just 90 seconds into the period. With Lipan turning off the press, Yantis eventually cut the deficit to 12 points (35-23) with two minutes remaining in the half on a 7-0 run spurred by Wetzel, who scored on a drive and two free throws, and senior Molly Bell, who hit a short jumper.
    But, Lipan went on a 9-0 run to close out the quarter as Roberts scored seven consecutive points in the final 40 seconds.
    Lipan continued its run in the third quarter by stretching the lead to 54-25 before a pair of Sandoval free throws broke the streak.
    Overall, Lipan hit 33-of-66 shots from the field, including 28-of-49 inside the arch. They also outrebounded Yantis, 40-26 and collected 21 steals to nine for the Lady Owls.
    Yantis’ Destiny Garces had a team-high four steals to go with five points. 

 

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