Angel Hayden scored 16 points, and Canyon drew two critical offensive fouls in the final 90 seconds as the Eagles defeated Mansfield Timberview 47-45 Saturday to win their fourth consecutive Class 5A girls basketball championship.
Hayden scored Canyon’s final five points, but the top contribution from the championship game MVP may have been drawing an offensive foul on Timberview standout Chennedy Carter on an in-bounds play in the closing minutes. Carter fouled out on the play, and Timberview, which led 45-42 at the time, did not score again. Instead, the Wolves (37-3) turned the ball over three times after losing Carter, their point guard.
Hayden, a starter on Canyon’s past four state-titlists, also grabbed six rebounds. McKenzie Taylor added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Eagles (31-3).
Carter led Timberview with 18 points.
CLASS 3A FINAL
Canadian 51, Buffalo 49: Top-ranked Canadian rallied in the closing minutes to defeat Buffalo in the Class 3A final.
Championship game MVP Haevyn Risley led the Canadian (33-3) with 20 points and six rebounds. She scored 13 points in the final quarter, when Canadian rallied from a 45-40 deficit in the final four minutes. The Wildcats went ahead 50-49 when Avery Pennington scored on a tip-in with 43 seconds to go.
Point guard Jordan Jenkins scored 28 points for Buffalo (28-5) and added four steals and seven rebounds. Her potentially game-winning 3-point shot bounced off the back iron at the buzzer.
Emily Alexander added 17 points and eight rebounds for Canadian, which won its first state title in girls basketball.
CLASS 2A FINAL
Panhandle 50, Martin’s Mill 43: Panhandle finished with a 9-3 scoring run to win the Class 2A state title one year after finishing as the 2A state-runner to Weimar.
The state championship was the second for Panhandle (30-6) and its first since 1992.
Panhandle led 41-40 with 1½ minutes to play, and the Pantherettes reeled off their scoring run as championship game MVP Grace Kuehler scored four of her team-high 11 points during the closing stretch. All 11 of Kuehler’s points and four of her five rebounds came in the second half.
Rylee Albracht and Lainey Choate both added 10 points for Panhandle.
Hailey Celsur and Calli Camacho had 10 points apiece for Martin’s Mill (37-3).
CLASS A FINAL
Nazareth 48, Dodd City 42: Nazareth won its record 21st state championship and its third title in the past four seasons by defeating Dodd City in the Class A final.
The Swiftettes won 35 straight games this season after losing their opener to Class 5A Amarillo. They have now won 21 titles in 26 appearances at the UIL girls state tournament.
After the teams played to a 22-all tie in the first half, Nazareth took a 35-25 lead in the third quarter, when championship game MVP Allie Schulte — a 5-foot-10 senior — scored eight of her team-high 13 points. Dodd City, meanwhile, managed only three free throws in the period, goinf 0 for 10 from the field.
Kinzi Cleavinger scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds for the Swiftettes. Lindsay Carter led Dodd City (32-4) with 14 points while Olivia Hilliard had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
• Class 6A semifinal
Duncanville 53, Converse Judson 41: Zarielle Green scored 12 of her game-high 21 points in the second half as defending Class 6A state champion Duncanville advanced to another state final.
The MVP of the 2016 Class 6A title game, Green — a 6-foot junior — also pulled down eight rebounds while Lauryn Bowie scored 12 points and collected 11 boards for the Pantherettes (37-2), who played for their fourth state final in the past six years on Saturday night.
Judson (29-7) kept pace in the opening half, which was tied at 24 before Green hit a free throw to give Duncanville a one-point halftime edge. The Pantherettes opened the third quarter with a 13-3 scoring surge, and Judson drew no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Kyra White led Judson with 13 points.
UIL GIRLS TOURNAMENT SCOREBOARD
• Class A semifinals
Nazareth 63, Slocum 31
Dodd City 59, Garden City 36
• Class 3A semifinals
Buffalo 50, Mount Vernon 43
Canadian 76, Goliad 34
• Class 5A semifinals
Canyon 66, Barbers Hill 39
Mansfield Timberview 66, Corpus Christi Flour Bluff 41
• Class 2A semifinals
Martin’s Mill 58, Weimar 50
Panhandle 62, Woden 37
• Class 4A semifinals
Argyle 71, Wharton 31
Liberty Hill 49, Godley 45
• Class 6A semifinals
Cypress Ranch 70, Pflugerville 53
Duncanville 53, Converse Judson 41
Class A final: Nazareth 48, Dodd City 42
Class 3A final: Canadian 51, Buffalo 49
Class 2A final: Panhandle 50, Martin’s Mill 43
Class 5A final: Canyon 47, Mansfield Timberview 45
Class 4A final: Liberty Hill (36-2) vs. Argyle (36-2), late
Class 6A final: Duncanville (37-2) vs. Cypress Ranch (32-6), late