Canyon comes back late to claim fourth state title in a row
Canyon coach Joe Lombard had to step back and let it sink in after his Eagles won their fourth state championship in a row.
“I don’t know how this happened,” Lombard said. “Did we really just win this game?”
It was a valid question considering the Eagles trailed Mansfield Timberview by 12 at one point and by seven heading into the four quarter in their Class 5A final at the Alamodome.
Canyon didn’t lead until the 1:07 mark of the fourth quarter and the Eagles held on for a 47-45 victory.
“It was unbelievable the way the girls were able to finish it out,” Lombard said. “It was grit and determination. It was one of those games where you were able to grind it out and keep chipping away and getting closer. It was a storybook ending. It was just incredible.”
Senior guard Angel Hayden helped write that story. Hayden, named the game’s MVP, gave the Eagles the lead when her layup made the score 46-45 with 1:07 remaining. She made one of two free throws to push the lead to 47-45 with 0:12 left. Taylah Thomas had a chance to tie it at the buzzer, but her layup bounced off the rim.
Timberview didn’t have their playmaker on the floor for the final 2:20 when Texas A&M-signee and McDonald’s All-American Chennedy Carter fouled out with the Wolves holding a 45-42 lead.
“We had some kids step up and got us an opportunity for a decent look at the basket, which is the best you can ask for, and it just didn’t go in,” Timberview coach Kit Martin said.
Hayden had 16 points and teammate McKenzie Taylor had 13. Carter scored 18 for Timberview.
Argyle 40, Liberty Hill 30: Led by senior Vivian Gray’s 14 points and 15 rebounds, the Eagles claimed their third-straight championship and fourth overall. Gray, named the game’s MVP, drew most of the defensive responsibility on 6-7 junior Texas commit Sedona Prince and snagged 10 defensive rebounds. Gabby Standifer chipped in 12 points for Argyle.
Prince finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Canadian 51, Buffalo 49: Avery Pennington’s put back with 0:43 remaining helped give the Lady Cats their first-ever championship.
Pennington made the score 50-49 and gave Canadian its first lead since late in the first quarter.
Buffalo’s Jordan Jenkins lofted a 3-point attempt at the buzzer, but it hit off the back rim. Risley was named MVP after scoring 20 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter.
Jenkins led Buffalo with 20.
Panhandle 50, Martin’s Mill 43: MVP Grace Kuehler scored 11 points on 4 of 7 shooting to lead the Pantherettes to their second championship. Rylee Albracht and Lainey each added 10.
Martin’s Mill was led by Hailey Celcur and Calli Camacho, who each had 10 points.
Nazareth 48, Dodd City 42: Allie Schulte had 13 points, eight rebounds and seven steals to lead the Swiftettes to their record 21st state championship and four out of the last five years. Schulte, selected as the game’s MVP, made 4 of 7 shots from the field, including 3 of 5 from the 3-point arc.
Dodd City was led by Lindsay Carter’s 14 points.