(Photo by Amanda McLaughlin)
The Muenster Lady Hornets created a tie atop the District 11-2A standings with a 31-26 win at Era Friday night.
Both teams are now 5-1 with each winning on their opponent's home floor.
Round two of this intra-county battle saw both teams struggle offensively in the first half as Muenster went to halftime with a 14-10 lead. They stretched their lead to double digits in the second half, only to see Era come all the way back to tie thanks to the play of senior Brianna Knabe, who scored all 16 of Era's points in the second half.
Muenster only hit one field goal in the fourth quarter, but it was a big one as Jada Binder nailed a 3-pointer and Sarah Monday and Kaley Berkley both hit free throws. Every point was needed as Knabe went off for 10 points in the final eight minutes.
Kaitlin Hennigan led Muenster with 12 points, Monday added 6, Binder had 5, Martie McCoy scored 4, Annie Anderle had 3 and Berkley added 1.
Knabe scored 24 of Era's 26 points with the other two coming on a first-quarter bucket by Maddie Chism.
If the two teams win out the rest of the way, they will most likely have a one-game playoff to decide the top seed into the playoffs.
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The Collinsville Lady Pirates all but wrapped up another district championship with a 77-57 win over the Valley View Lady Eagles Friday.
Collinsville is now 7-0 in district, while Valley View is alone in second at 5-2.
The win marked the 100th career victory for Lady Pirate head coach Daniel Johnson.
The Lindsay Lady Knights stayed firmly in the playoff race in District 12-2A with a 58-24 win over Tioga Friday.
Lindsay is now 4-3 in district, good for third place. Sam Rayburn is a game behind at 3-4. Tom Bean is fifth at 2-5.
The Gainesville Lady Leopards couldn't overcome a first-half deficit and fell to Anna 53-31 Friday.
Here was Lady Leopard coach Shawn Weaver's assessment of the game:
"Aaliyah Henry came off the bench and played hard on the defensive end and getting on the boards along with Lee Lee Harrison. Yasmine Peltra and MeMe Davis communicated well on the defensive end allowing defensive stops. Kat Creeks attacked the rim on the offensive end and Samantha Torres was our vocal leader off the bench."
(Photo by Amanda McLaughlin)
The Era Hornets gave No. 6 ranked Muenster all they could handle for three quarters, but Muenster was able to pull away for a 52-42 road win Friday.
Muenster is now 18-4 overall and 4-0 in district.
Despite the loss, Era remains squarely in the middle of the playoff race as they get set to travel to Alvord Tuesday.
The Lindsay Knights stayed unbeaten in District 12-2A with an exciting 49-41 win over Tioga Friday.
Lindsay trailed 23-21 at halftime, but outscored the Bulldogs by 10 in the second half including a 12-5 advantage in the fourth period.
Seth Foster led Lindsay with 17 points, Tyler Yancey added 9, Braxton Craigie and Jack Popp each scored 8, Clinton Wallace had 4 and Austin Schully added 2.
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The Collinsville Pirates pulled off an upset Friday, beating a short-handed Valley View team 50-47.
The loss bumped Valley View to 3-2 in district play.
The Callisburg Wildcats picked up a must-win Friday, defeating the S&S Rams 80-43.
The win moves Callisburg to 21-8 overall and 3-5 in district with a big matchup with Ponder coming up on Tuesday.
"Proud of my squad," Wildcat coach Kyle Jessie said. "Loved the intensity we played with this evening."
The Gainesville Leopards dropped a tough district contest to Anna Friday, falling 65-56.