THORNDALE’S FELLOW CLASS 2A SEMIFINALISTS
Coach: Brandt Lockhart
State tournament appearances: 4 (1969, ‘70, 2011, ‘17)
About the Broncos: Thorndale’s state-semifinal opponent, Clarendon sank 11 3-pointers in defeating New Deal 75-56 Saturday in a Class 2A regional final in Levelland. The Broncos made eight treys in the first half while opening a 41-23 lead. … Senior G Chance Lockhart, the son of Broncos coach Brandt Lockhart, totaled 19 points against New Deal while junior G Colt Wood added 14. They combined to make nine 3-pointers. … Marshal Johnson, a 6-foot-5 senior, and Cameron Smith, a 6-4 sophomore, form the starting frontcourt for Clarendon. Johnson scored 12 second-half points against New Deal.
Coach: Cannon Earp
State tournament appearances: 5 (1985, ‘99, 2001, ‘14, ‘17)
About the Sandies: Grapeland defeated Tenaha 99-83 Saturday in a regional final as senior guards Tink McQuirter (28), Parker Wilson (27) and Riley Chipman (26) combined for 81 points. … Before the regional final, Chipman had totaled only 12 points in Grapeland’s two previous postseason contests. … In their most recent state-tournament appearance — in 2014 — Grapeland lost to Muenster 65-64 in a Class A, Division I semifinal. The Hornets will join the Sandies in the 2017 Class 2A field. … So far this postseason, Grapeland has scored 80 or more points in three of its five games.
Coach: Lynn Cook
State tournament appearances: 3 (2014, ‘16, ‘17)
About the Hornets: Muenster closed the regular season ranked first in Class 2A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. … Before beating Gateway Charter Academy 66-42 in a regional final, Muenster slipped past Petrolia 26-15 in a regional quarterfinal. In that game, Petrolia held the ball for the entire third quarter before failing to score. The entire contest took only 62 minutes from opening tip to final buzzer. … In Muenster’s regional-final victory, junior G John Weger and senior F Blake Hoepfner each totaled 18 points. Logan Cook a 6-foot-6 senior, added 13. … Muenster has finished as a state runner-up in two of the past three seasons.
— From staff reports