Plano West (Texas)
outlasted Clear Springs (League City, Texas)
107-105 in a five-overtime thriller on Friday during the quarterfinals of the Sandra Meadows Classic in Duncanville, Texas. The scoreboard ran out of space after 200 points.
The Dallas Morning News reported that, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations record book, it was the highest-scoring girls basketball game in Texas history and the sixth-highest in national history.
Plano West senior Allison Staley
drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force the second overtime, while Tyara Cox-Warren
forced a third overtime with a layup at the 6-second mark and finished with a game-high 28 points. West, which is ranked No. 3 in Class 5A, never led No. 4-ranked Clear Springs in the first two overtimes. It finally triumphed by sinking 9 of 10 free throws in the fifth extra session.
Staley told the newspaper, "It's a thrill to be in one of those games. Honestly, the competitiveness - It starts to get high-strung and everyone's freaking out and you hear the crowd. It's amazing. It's really fun."Courtnie Latham
paced Clear Springs with 27 points.
* Four unbeaten teams participated in the girls portion of the annual Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Classic on Friday in New Castle, Ind.
No. 2-ranked Columbus North (Ind.)
emerged as the champion by beating Mater Dei (Evansville, Ind.) 63-55 after routing No. 1-ranked Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.) 53-30 in the semifinals. Junior Tayler Goodall
earned MVP honors by scoring 19 points in the semifinals and drilling five 3-pointers in the first half of the title game to force Mater Dei into defensive changes. Standout sophomore Ali Patberg
led with 19 points in the finale.
Mater Dei's outstanding 5-11 junior, Maura Muensterman, scored 22 points in the finals and 40 during an 83-54 semifinals victory over Logansport (Ind.).
* The boys Hall of Fame Classic also was held on the same day in New Castle with Arsenal Tech (Indianapolis)
beating Cathedral (Indianapolis) 60-54 in the finals. MVP Trey Lyles
compiled 17 points and 14 rebounds. He scored 14 points in the decisive third quarter when Tech came from behind to take the lead. The 6-9 junior star also had 19 points and 17 rebounds during a 72-59 victory over Northrop (Fort Wayne, Ind.).
* Stan Leech posted his 700th coaching victory as Boerne-Champion (Boerne, Texas)
routed Uvalde (Texas) 70-22.