Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Class A State Tournament
Semifinals, at Mansfield Lake Ridge High School
North Central Texas Academy (20-5) will play for a fifth consecutive state championship Saturday after defeating El Paso Jesus Chapel 70-18. Esther Udonsi led the Lady Pioneers with 22 points, eight rebounds, seven steals and five assists. Gabriela Bianchi added 15 points and Cinthya Rivas scored 14 with eight rebounds. NCTA forced Chapel (8-6) into 26 turnovers and committed just eight of their own.
Brownsville First Baptist (23-4) vs. Mission Juan Diego (24-5), 6 p.m.
North Central Texas Academy (19-3) vs. Lubbock Kingdom Prep (24-14), 7:30 p.m.
Mission Juan Diego (19-6) vs. Kingwood Northeast Christian (27-6), 9 p.m.
Saturday at Mansfield Timberview High School
Girls championship, 1 p.m.
Boys championship, 3 p.m.
The Granbury Lady Pirates need a win tonight at Burleson Centennial to remain alive in the chase for the Class 5A soccer playoffs. Granbury (6-8-1, 5-5-1 in 8-5A) has 14 standings points and is in fifth place in district, while Centennial has 18 and is in fourth. If Granbury wins in regulation, the Lady Pirates would trail by a single point with two games remaining. If Centennial wins in regulation, it would eliminate the Lady Pirates. A Granbury overtime win would move them to within three standings points, and a Centennial overtime win would leave the Lady Pirates five points behind in the standings, needing to win their final two and have Centennial lose its final two. Teams get three points for a regulation win, two for an overtime win, and one point for an overtime loss.
Meanwhile, the Pirates (9-3-1, 7-3-1) have already clinched a playoff berth and are hoping to move up in the final standings. They are tied with Crowley for third place, but Crowley owns the tiebreaker by virtue of a win in Granbury earlier this season. The team finish the regular season against each other in Crowley on March 20.
The Nazareth girls basketball players didn’t have a notable on-court celebration after their overwhelming 61-18 Class A state semifinal win over D’Hanis Thursday in the Alamodome in San Antonio. In his postgame interview, Nazareth coach Eric Schilling said, “We try to treat it like any other game.” This marks the 24th appearance for the Swiftettes in the state tournament, and they have the most state championships (19) in the history of Texas girls basketball. Concerning the school’s latest trip to the state tourney, Schilling said, “We treat it like it’s a business trip,” adding that they are careful not to get too caught up in any potential distractions surrounding the event. Lipan junior Bryanna Phelps said that she was nervous in the Lady Indians’ 55-28 state semifinal win Thursday over Garden City, but only for about the first minute of the game. “We were just ready to get on to our game and play like we always play” she said. Phelps hit 5 of 8 shots from the field and scored 13 points Thursday. The Lipan girls (33-3) will have a chance to avenge last year’s 57-41 semifinal loss to Nazareth (33-2) when they play the Swiftettes in the championship game at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, again in the Alamodome. “It’s definitely going to be a good ballgame,” Schilling said. “I know they’re probably going to have revenge on their mind.”
Lipan’s opponent in Saturday’s Class A girls basketball state championship game (8:30 a.m. in the Alamodome, San Antonio) has an incredible history of success. The top-ranked Nazareth Swiftettes (33-2), who destroyed D’Hanis Thursday in their semifinal contest, 61-18, rank second in the history of the girls state tournament with 24 appearances, just behind Canyon with 25. The Swiftettes are No. 1 all-time in Texas state championships, with 19 (Class B titles in 1977-1980; Class A crowns in 1981-1982, 1984-1985, 1988-1991, 1996, 2000-2002, 2005, 2007 and 2014. The 1984-1985 teams both went undefeated, at 35-0 and 33-0. Coach Amber Branson’s second-ranked Lady Indians thumped Garden City in their state semifinal game Thursday, 55-28. They have qualified for the state tournament in four out of the last five years, but are looking for their first state title. The 33-3 Lipan girls have reached the state tournament six times, in 1995, 2003, 2011, 2012, 2014 and now in 2015. They were eliminated by Nazareth in the state semifinals last year, 57-41.
The latest incoming batch of inclement weather has forced some cancellations and postponements of sporting events:
Granbury Lady Pirate softball at Burleson, postponed until Tuesday, varsity at 11 a.m., JV at 1 p.m.
Granbury Lady Pirate Softball Tournament this weekend, canceled.
Granbury Pirate baseball tournament in Broken Bow, Okla. this weekend, canceled.
Granbury Pirate JV Purple Baseball Tournament this weekend, canceled.
Granbury Pirate JV Gold baseball tournament at Western Hills this weekend, canceled.
Granbury Pirate golf Friday, canceled.
Tolar baseball in Glen Rose Tournament, Thursday canceled, games Friday and Saturday.
Tolar track at Hico, postponed to Thursday.
The second-ranked Lipan Lady Indians (33-3) downed 30-5 Garden City, 55-28, Thursday morning in the Alamodome in San Antonio to advance to Saturday’s Class A girls state championship game. Coach Amber Branson’s Lady Indians will take on the winner of today’s Nazareth-D’Hanis winner. The state title game is set for 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, also in the Alamodome.