Fort Worth Dunbar Calls On The Pope

The Arlington ISD crowned its first girls state basketball champion when Arlington Bowie knocked off Humble, 69-62, in overtime for the Class 5A state championship.

Bowie, 35-5, was often overlooked in its own district that included powerhouses DeSoto and Duncanville, but in the end it was the Lady Volunteers standing tallest. This last win was anything but easy.

Trailing by 13 points in the second quarter, game MVP Danielle Nunn led the comeback charge and finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and four steals.

Bowie turned its deficit into an eight point lead going into the third quarter, but resilient Humble, 31-10, mounted its own charge and went on a 10-0 run to open the final stanza. Humble's Brittany Toran was going for a game-winning drive, but Secrett Anderson came up with a huge block. After Ashley Walker blocked a putback, the extra session was in order.

A Pope shall lead them.

Behind dazzling freshman Brooklyn Pope, Fort Worth Dunbar captured its first girls state basketball championship by knocking off Angleton, 56-50, in the Class 4A final.

Pope was painstakingly close to throwing down a dunk in the tournament semifinal, but just missed. Her team, however, did not miss when it came down to improving its record to 31-4 and cutting down the championship nets.

Pope, 6-2, had plenty of help in fending off Angleton (29-10). Jerin Smith tallied 18 points and four rebounds, while LaShandra Hill notched 14 points, six assists and four steals. Pope, the game MVP, led the charge with 18 points, four rebounds and five steals. She sealed the victory by getting a putback with 54 seconds left after Angleton had cut the deficit to four.

Ayana Brereton had 17 points and 10 boards in a double-double effort for Angleton, while Tara Hurd did likewise with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

While Dunbar is new to the state winner's circle, Canyon is not, as evidenced by a 66-46 dismantling of Cleveland for their third consecutive Class 3A state championship. Joe Lombard's 32-3 team shot an out-of-sight 90 percent from the field in the first half in storming to a 42-21 halftime lead. The numbers read 17-of-19 from the floor and included a perfect 6-of-6 from beyond the arc.

Game MVP Sierra Wilcox scored 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Cleveland, 36-4, was paced by Shante' Perry and NaQuita Williams, who each scored 16.

In the most decisive of the championship games, Class 2A Brock humbled Canadian, 64-30. For the winners, it was pretty much a two-person show as Krystal Cole and Jordan Murphree tallied 53 of the team's 64 points. For Brock, 37-3, it was the third state title in four years. Game MVP Cole scored 32 points, including a sizzling 12-of-14 from the floor, to go with nine rebounds. Murphree was not far behind with 21 points, seven steals and five rebounds.

Canadian finished the season 34-3.

In the Class A Texas Cup, which matched champions of the Division I and Division II teams, Seagraves edged Nazareth, 56-51. While the Swiftettes were playing in their 21st state tournament, Seagraves was playing in its first.

It was still Seagraves (30-9), though, which broke a tie going into the fourth quarter to get the win. Twashae Peterson had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the way, while Darchell Griffin added 15 points and nine rebounds. Nazareth, 31-6, was paced by Holly Kleman's 18 points.

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