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Middle school basketball: Navo girls withstand Harpool rally

The Navo seventh-grade “A” team broke open a tight game with an eight-point second quarter and held off a Harpool rally to win 24-22 Monday and remain unbeaten.

The victory improved the Lady Panthers to 8-0 and earned them a berth in the district championship game next week against Lake Dallas.

Navo and Harpool were tied at 6 at the end of the first quarter before the Lady Panthers pulled out to a 14-9 halftime lead. Harpool (5-3) rallied to pull within two by the end of the third quarter, and the Lady Panthers held on from there.

Harpool’s Alexiss Benton led all scorers with 16 points.

Jamie Means led Navo with 10 points while Taylor Pierce added six. Jess Utz pulled down seven rebounds, and Sydney Tyler and Kaiya Turner led the defensive effort.


Navo seventh-grade B 34, Harpool 14

The Navo Lady Panthers exploded for 14-second quarter points to take a 19-5 lead over Harpool at halftime and never looked back.

Jaden Hoelker led the Lady Panthers (8-1) with 10 points, 15 rebounds, five steals and seven assists. Taji Pritchett had 10 points. Rachael Deramee had four points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists, while Alexis Daines had four points, five assists, four steals and four rebounds. Defensive leader Citlali Vasquez had 11 steals, four rebounds and nine assists.

Tabitha Pritchell led Harpool (5-3) with four points.


Navo seventh-grade C 14, Harpool 7

Navo held the Harpool Lady Longhorns scoreless in the first quarter to take a six-point lead and Harpool couldn’t recover.

The Lady Panthers (7-2) were led by Destiny Rowe’s eight points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Reagan Corley had a team-high 15 rebounds while Brooke Grellhesi had 11.

Taylor Cox led the Lady Longhorns (4-4) with four points.


Crownover seventh-grade A 31, Calhoun 15

The Crownover Lady Cowboys outscored Calhoun 11-0 in the fourth quarter to break open a tightly contested game.

Crownover (3-5) led 20-15 heading into the final frame before pulling away.

Taylor Wallace and Sami Walsh led the Lady Cowboys with eight points apiece, Taylor Brann had six and Ashley Schroeder finished with four.


Crownover seventh-grade B 39, Calhoun 3

The Crownover Lady Cowboys used a 20-point second quarter to take a 27-2 halftime lead and overwhelm the Calhoun Lady Cougars.

Crownover (5-3) led 7-2 after the first quarter before its onslaught.

Allison Essington led the balanced Crownover attack with eight points. Ashley Griffin had six points, Ariel Brown finished with five and Jordan McLarty and Cami Rockwell had four apiece.


Crownover seventh-grade C 37, Calhoun 4

The unbeaten Crownover Lady Cowboys easily protected their record with a 33-point win over Calhoun.

Crownover (8-0) was led by Kenzi Valdez’s eight points. Corbi Grubbs, Kelly Kirk and Trinity Gibson had six points apiece, Ayanna Brown had five points and Macey Ragel finished with four.


McMath seventh-grade A 34, Strickland 18

The McMath Lady Tigers used 11-point first and third quarters to fuel a 16-point victory over Strickland.

Kate Cowan led McMath (3-5) with 14 points, while Holly Higgs, who hit a 3-pointer, and BreAnna Wofford each scored seven points.


Strickland seventh-grade B 35, McMath 18

The Strickland Lady Vikings jumped out to a five-point first-quarter lead and added to it in each remaining period.

Erika Samaniego led McMath (2-6) with eight points while Jessica Wences added four.


McMath seventh-grade C 13, Strickland 10

The McMath Lady Tigers used the balanced scoring of Destiny Woods, Tatianna Jones and Cynthia Alvarez to beat Strickland.

The three players each scored four points as McMath improved to 3-5.



Harpool seventh-grade A 42, Strickland 31

The Strickland Vikings rallied from a nine-point first-quarter deficit to pull within five at halftime and tie the game at the end of three quarters before falling to Harpool.

Harpool jumped out to a 14-5 advantage before Strickland cut the lead to 23-18 at intermission and tied the game at 29 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Vikings (7-4) were led by Spencer Sanders’ 17 points, while Trayvon Brockington had five points and Kosi Eldridge four.