Javon Levi scored 30 points and the No. 22-ranked Shoemaker Grey Wolves knocked off No. 13 South Grand Prairie, 72-62, on Friday night in Mansfield at the Spring Creek Classic Tournament.
The Wolves (8-0) will play for the tournament championship tonight at 7:30 against Mansfield Timberview.
“I thought the kids played hard and brought an extreme focus to the game,” said Shoemaker head coach Emund Prichett. “They have two Division I posts on their team and our kids played really tough.”
ELLISON GIRLS SPLIT 2 IN KATY: At Katy, the Ellison Lady Eagles split their two games on Friday and will play for fifth place today in the 32-team Katy ISD-Phillips 66 Tournament.
Ellison defeated Channelview 56-41 in its early game on Friday. Later, Ellison fell to Katy Seven Lakes 46-38. Madison Hattix-Covington scored 19 points in the win over Channelview. Cielo McClain scored a team-high 16 points in the loss to Seven Lakes.
Ellison is now 9-4.
“I think we still have a lot of room for improvement,” said Ellison head coach Sherry McKinnon. “Overall, I think we do a lot better when we have a lot of different kids scoring. What I’ve seen in this tournament is the young kids coming off the bench are stepping up for us. Of course we’d have liked to have been in the championship game of this tournament but it’s OK that we’re playing for fifth place because I can see that we are competing against some very good teams.”
SALADO GIRLS ADVANCE TO SEMIS: At Salado, the Salado Lady Eagles won two games, putting themselves in a position to capture the Coach Smith Tournament title today.
In a 43-38 win over Cameron Yoe, Payton Dreitz led Salado with a team-high 10 points.
Later, Dreitz scored 11 points, helping Salado (5-6) defeat Caldwell 39-23.
Today at 10 a.m., Salado faces McGregor in the semifinals. If the Lady Eagles win, they’ll play for the title at 4 p.m.
“The win over Caldwell was not pretty,” said Salado head coach Diane Konarik. “But a win is a win. We were playing our fourth game in two days and I’m sure our girls’ legs were dead but they got after it.
“I’m glad we’re not peaking right now. There are short bursts where good things are happening. But I want to figure out how we can stretch those periods out. Overall, our shooting is off but our defense is coming together real well. I like that they’re getting after it.”
LOMETA BOYS TO PLAY FOR TOURNEY TITLE: At Temple, Lometa qualified for the championship game of the Holy Trinity Catholic High School Invitational with a 63-53 victory over Marble Falls Faith Academy
Lometa will play for the championship today at 1:30 p.m.
Adrian Rivera led Lometa in the win over Marble Falls with 25 points. Teammates Ivan Jasso scored 19 and Kyle Molter eight.
“They had some stellar shooters from the perimeter but we did a good job with our perimeter defense,” said Lometa head coach Aaron Nuckles. “I was very pleased with Reid Moore who took two charges and helped lead our defense.”