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February 5, 2013

H.S. Basketball: Slocum girls secure share of district title with win

GRAPELAND — The Slocum girls’ basketball team wrapped up a share of the District 20-A, Division I title Tuesday, defeating rival Grapeland, 62-37.

In the end the final score read like a blowout, but up until there was about a minute remaining in the third quarter, it was anything but.

After a big fourth quarter saw Slocum jump out to a 21-8 lead, the Sandiettes clawed back into things by limiting the eighth-ranked Lady Mustangs to four points.

Things got even closer in the third quarter as Slocum’s shooting went cold, and when Cymone Davis hit two free throws for Grapeland with 3:20 left in the third, Slocum’s once monster lead was down to only a point, 25-24.

Then, as if they found the switch to flip, the Lady Mustangs found their range once again.

Kelsee Webb and Landry Lane hit three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to extent the lead to seven, and with under a minute to play Brice Sizemore drove to the basket and got fouled, making the shot anyway and converting the free throw attempt to make it 34-24.

Slocum never looked back.

The Lady Mustangs continued their hot-shooting in the fourth quarter to extend the lead even further. In doing so, Slocum kept pace with Lovelady, who topped Leon, 47-35, in its regular-season finale.

Because both teams finish the district schedule at 9-1 and split their season series, they will play at 3 p.m. Saturday in Grapeland to determine who gets the district’s No. 1 seed heading into the playoffs.

Grapeland already holds 20-A, Division I’s third-place spot, and will open the playoffs against the second-place team from District 19-A, while the loser of the Slocum/Lovelady game will play that district’s third-place team.

Valerie Larkin led all scorers with 20 points, while both Landry Lane and Sizemore had 15.

Jordan Ives scored only five points, but pulled down 19 rebounds.

Mallory Johnson and Paige Scott led Grapeland with seven points each, while Terrika Campbell, Sicola Shepherd, Davis and Jayde Westbrook each scored four.

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