Bearcats rally from 15 down in third quarter only to fall by five to Porcupines
Springtown won the outright girls' District 6-4A championship after defeating the Aledo Ladycats, 50-41, Tuesday night at the AHS gym.
The Ladycats - playing their final two district games without the services of injured leading scorer Logan Mittie - finish the district slate in third place with an 11-3 league record.
The Ladycats will play either The Colony or Denton Ryan next week (Monday or Tuesday, Feb. 15 or 16) in the Class 4A, Region I bi-district playoffs.
The Colony and Denton Ryan will play a tiebreaker game on Friday to determine seedings for the playoffs in District 5-4A, with the Ladycats facing the loser (5-4A second seed).
Check this site this weekend for the time, date, place and opponent of the Ladycats in the bi-district playoff game.
Junior guard Sarah Hawkins led the Ladycats with 10 points, with sophomore wing Caileen Tallant adding nine.
Also scoring for the Ladycats were freshman guard Mallory Powell with seven points, senior post Tara Gough with six, junior guard Shelby Stockard with five, senior guard Melissa Howell with three and sophomore guard Alanna Martin with one.
Gough led the Ladycats on the boards with 11 rebounds, with Powell adding nine.
Springtown 59, Bearcats 54
Aledo came back from 15 points down in the third period with a 19-2 run but it wasn't enough as Springtown held the Bearcats to six fourth-quarter points en route to a 59-54 win Tuesday night in District 6-4A action at the AHS gym.
The loss drops the Bearcats to 1-11 in district play. Aledo will continue district play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Mineral Wells.
The Bearcats trailed 44-29 halfway through the third quarter before going on a 19-2 run to end the period to take a 48-46 lead into the fourth quarter.
Senior guard Shane Smith - who led AHS with 19 points - scored 10 points in the run and 12 in the third quarter to help the Bearcats to a two-point advantage.
However, Springtown outscored Aledo 13-6 in the final stanza to take the win.
Also scoring for the Bearcats were junior guard Matt Barron and sophomore post Mike Wilson, each with nine points, junior guard Danny Glass with seven, junior guard Robbie Spreier with six, and senior guard Dillon Hawkins and junior guard Dillon Huerta, each with two.
Smith led the Bearcats on the glass with nine rebounds, while Wilson added six, including five offensive rebounds.
For the complete story on both games, and for comments from coaches Rusty Johnson and Jeff Carroll, please see the Feb. 12 issue of The Community News.