Three teams entered Haddad Gymnasium sporting undefeated TAPPS 2-4A records Tuesday night.
Two teams emerged as favorites to win the league for the second straight year.
The T.K. Gorman Lady Crusaders shook a slow start to rout Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill 65-43. In the boys match, Gorman was unable to overcome an early deficit in giving the Tigers their closest victory in TAPPS 2-4A this season, 50-43, though the game was marred by a late melee.
Gorman trailed 4-2 2:32 into the game when coach Katie Robertson called a timeout. Her message to the Lady Crusaders: Keep your head under the full-court pressure from the Lady Tigers.
The ploy worked as Gorman (22-5, 7-0) went on a 14-0 run to close the quarter and cruised to the school’s 29th straight district win.
“They knew this was going to be a big game; I didn’t want them to come out with nerves,” Robertson said of her timeout speech. “I think that (14-0 run) was huge. I think that finally set the momentum for the game and what we’re capable of doing.”
Michelle Obach poured in 24 points while senior Cori Jo Navarro racked up 20 points, five steals and three assists. Brooke Lee chipped in 12 points and Danielle Smith added 10 rebounds and four steals.
The Lady Crusaders hit 10 of 19 from long range led by Obach (4 of 5) and Navarro (3 of 5).
The Lady Tigers (15-7, 6-1) used an 8-0 burst to start the second quarter to cut the lead to 16-12 but Obach stepped into a 3-pointer to give Gorman breathing room and the Lady Crusaders were never threatened again.
Christel Carter led Trinity Christian with 10 points and nine rebounds while Destiny Hutchinson added seven points and five steals.
The Tigers had beaten the other six TAPPS 2-4A opponents by an average of 19.8 points and no one had come closer than 10 of the defending champs entering the final game of the first half of league play.
Gorman managed to hold Trinity Christian to 20 points below its district average, but couldn’t hit enough shots to pull the upset.
The Crusaders (11-13, 3-4) shot 27 percent from the floor and 1 of 15 from beyond the arc in the loss. Caleb Williams led Gorman with 11 points while skying for a game-high 15 rebounds.
Gorman pulled to within 47-41 after four players were ejected with 1:46 to play.
TKG’s Ben Ashworth was fouled hard by B.J. Rogers. Ashworth responded with a shove and Rogers quickly came back with a punch. Both players were ejected as were Gorman’s Cannon Woods and TC-CH’s Andre Byrd for leaving the bench.
Sean Goforth sunk both free throws in Ashworth’s place to make it a six-point game but missed on an open 3-pointer that would have halved the deficit to three with more than a minute to play and the Tigers held on to win.
Trinity Christian’s 6-8 sophomore Albert Owens led all scorers with 12, adding 10 rebounds and four blocks. Brandon Banks and Jairus McElroy added 11 apiece for the Tigers.
Gorman missed its first seven shots and went 1 for 12 in the opening quarter, trailing 16-3 entering the second.
TAPPS 2-4A Girls
T.K. Gorman 65,
Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill 43
TRINITY CHRISTIAN — Christel Carter, 10; Kristin Curtis, 6; Caylyn Byrd, 7; Destiny Hutchinson, 7; Asia Wilson, 4; Brie Stokes, 0; Alexus Denman, 3; Cameron Smith, 0; Leah Weathers, 0; Je’Ann Johnson, 6. FG: 17-50. FT: 9-17.
GORMAN — Brooke Lee, 12; Allie Buzbee, 0; Michelle Obach, 24; Maggie Mercer, 0; Cori Jo Navarro, 20; Mandie VanderVorste, 2; Liz Fikes, 0; Laura Meads, 0; Susannah Williams, 0; Danielle Smith, 7; Courtney Fergerson, 0; Hanna Sattler, 0. FG: 20-47. FT: 15-19.
THREE POINT GOALS — TCCH (0-6): None. TKG (7-11): Lee (2), Obach (4), Navarro (3), Smith.
RECORDS — TC-CH 15-7 (6-1); Gorman 22-5 (7-0).
JV SCORE — Gorman 33, Trinity Christian 13.
NEXT UP — All Saints at Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill, 6 p.m. Friday; Grace Community at Gorman, 6 p.m. Friday.
TAPPS 2-4A Boys
Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill 50,
T.K. Gorman 43
TRINITY CHRISTIAN — Kevin Beasley, 8; David Ferguson, 0; Brandon Banks, 11; Tre Haggerty, 0; Garrick Williams, 0; Elisha McCall, 0; Charles Williams, 0; B.J. Rodgers, 6; Jarius McElroy, 11; Andre Byrd, 0; Malik Dilonga, 2; Albert Owens, 0. FG: 20-52. FT: 7-19.
GORMAN — Patrick Droder, 0; Caleb Williams, 11; Nick Meads, 7; Sean Goforth, 2; Sawyer Matzke, 0; Max McKinley, 0; Brandon Lackner, 6; Matthew Weeks, 0; Ben Ashworth, 9; Cannon Woods, 2; Matthew Carleton, 6; Michael Huber, 0; Matthew Brunson, 0. FG: 15-54. FT: 12-14.
THREE POINT GOALS — TCCH (3-11): Banks, McElroy (2). TKG (1-15): Williams.
RECORDS — TC-CH 19-5 (7-0); Gorman 11-13 (3-4).
NEXT UP — All Saints at Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Grace Community at Gorman, 7:30 p.m. Friday.