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The playoff road for Pleasant Grove is over

The playoff road for Pleasant Grove is over

February 13th, 2018 by Brian Tyl in Sports Prep

Pleasant Grove senior Monique Walker is fouled while going up for a shot against Van during a Class 4A bi-district girls basketball game Monday at Panther Gym in Longview, Texas. The Lady Hawks fell to the Lady Vandals, 67-40.

LONGVIEW, Texas—The playoff road for Pleasant Grove is over.

Van connected on 13 treys en route to a 67-40 win over the Lady Hawks at Spring Hill High School's Panther Gym on Monday.

"Van shot the ball well, and were a great team tonight," Pleasant Grove head coach Jason Boston said. "It was not what we thought was going to happen.

"I am proud of the young ladies, and they worked hard day in and day out. It was a pleasure coaching Madeline Haak for four years and to coach Monique Walker for two years."

Haak, a senior, paced the Hawks with 14 points, while teammate Sha'Nequa Henry added 11.

Pleasant Grove went on a 6-0 run, but Van came back on a 9-0 run on three, 3-pointers to take a 39-29 lead late in the third quarter.

Moments later, the Vandals knocked down a pair of treys and took a 45-31 lead into the fourth.

The difference in the fourth quarter was shooting percentage. Van hit on 8 of 12 shots for a 75 field goal percentage, while the Hawks hit on just 3 of 14 for a percentage of 21.

The Vandals outscored PG, 22-9, in the final stanza.

The Hawks took a 1-point lead after the first quarter, 14-13. The Vandals shot 29 percent from the field on 5-of-17 shooting, while Pleasant Grove connected on 5 of 10 shots for 50 percent.

Hines scored the first points of the game with a layup. Van went on a little 5-0 run, but Haak responded with a 4-foot jump shot.

The Vandals went on another 5-0 run, but the Hawks' Ashanti Levingston put that to bed with a shot from 3-point land to make it 10-7.

Walker converted a traditional 3-point play to knot it at 10-all. Van hit a trey, but the Hawks went on a 4-0 run at the end of the first quarter to give them a lead.

The Vandals outscored PG, 12-6, in the second quarter. The Hawks hit on just 3 of 8 shots for 37.5 field goal percentage. Van didn't fair much better as they shot 4 of 14 from the field for a 28.5 percentage.

The difference was that each Pleasant Grove basket was a 2-pointer, and 3 of 4 of the Vandal's baskets were treys.

The Hawks connected on 15 of 43 shots in the game for a field goal percentage of 35.

Van knocked down 24 of 56 shots for a 43 field goal percentage.

Van outrebounded Pleasant Grove, 40-19.

PG ends its season at 19-9, and the Vandals are 19-15.


Van 13 12 20 22 — 67

Pleasant Grove 14 6 11 9 — 40

VAN (67): Brewer 4 2-2 13, Rucker 5 0-0 14, Rumbo 1 0-2 3, Santons 2 1-1 5, Dodd 5 1-4 16, Jones 1 2-2 4, Savage 5 0-0 10, TOTALS 24 6-11 67.

PG (40): Levingston 1 0-0 3, Hines 3 2-2 9, Henry 5 0-0 11, Haak 5 4-4 14, Walker 1 1-1 3, TOTALS 15 7-7 40.

3-point goals: Van-Dodd 5, Rucker 4, Brewer 3, Rumbo. Pleasant Grove-Levingston, Hines, Henry.

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