PARIS, Texas – Pleasant Grove moved a step closer to locking down a playoff spot with 68-56 win at North Lamar Thursday night.
Knotted at 30 at the half, the Hawks found a way to shut down the Panthers' offense after intermission and improve to 3-2 in District 15-4A. That leaves PG tied for third with Paris, a 58-41 loser to first-place Sulphur Springs. Liberty-Eylau beat Pittsburg, 69-27, to claim sole possession of second at 4-2.
"Our guys did a great job weathering North Lamar's runs," said Hawk coach Craig Collvin. "I've got to hand it to Jackson Gibson and Keighston King for igniting our full-court defense. We picked up our defensive intensity and that turned the game for us."
Drew Glover led the Pleasant Grove with 18 points. Jaylen Boardley added 17 and Torion Phillips had 11. Boardley and Phillips were money at the free throw line down the stretch to close out the win.
The top four teams make the state playoffs. PG and Paris will begin to sort out third- and fourth-place when the Wildcats invade Hawk Gym tonight.
North Lamar 70, PG 30
North Lamar's girls strengthened their hold on first place in District 15-4A with a 70-30 win over Pleasant Grove Thursday night at Hawk Gym.
The Panthers, who improved to 25-6, 7-0 in district, were led by Alexa Lane with 18 points, senior guards Cydnie Malone and Madison Waters with 14 apiece. Playing her final game at Hawk Gym, senior guard Autumn Crouch led Pleasant Grove with 15 points.
Still winless in district play, the Lady Hawks will close out their season tonight at Paris.