MARSHALL, Texas — The playoffs, when win or go home takes on a new meaning.
Liberty-Eylau ran past Tyler Chapel Hill in their varsity girls bi-district playoff game Thursday night at Maverick Gym on the campus of Marshall High School, 67-50.
Chapel Hill jumped to a 6-0 lead early in the first quarter, draining treys from the corner.
The Leopards forced two Bulldog turnovers around the 2:30 mark, transitioning both for baskets by Janiya Sanders and Bryana Block, tying the game 6-6. Sanders finished with six rebounds and nine points.
As time expired, Block with the length of the court on a in-bounds pass to regain the lead for the Leopards, 11-9, at the end of the period. Block finished with two steals, three rebounds and a game-high 23 points.
The active hands of both squads put each team in the bonus with 4:45 left before halftime.
Shania Miller had a putback on a free throw opportunity that gave Chapel Hill their first lead of the quarter, 20-18.
Sanders cleaned the glass for the Leopards for a putback with 2:15 left before halftime to tie The Bulldogs, 22-22.
Liberty-Eylau edged Chapel Hill, 27-26, at intermission. L-E won the turnover battle with the Bulldogs in the first half, 13-4.
The Leopards opened the second half on 5-0, giving themselves a six point cushion, 32-26, with 6:00 left in the third period.
L-E held the Bulldogs scoreless through the 4:00 mark in the third quarter.
DJ Kincade's putback layup for Chapel Hill cut the Leopards lead to 10, 40-30. Kincade ended the game with 12 points for the Bulldogs.
Kayla Crabtree weaved through the Bulldogs defense for the Leopards' largest lead of the game, 44-30. Crabtree finished the game with 13 points for L-E.
Block stole a Chapel Hill pass and went the length of the court for a layup, putting the Leopards up 17 points, 50-33.
Kya Cook added 11 points for the Bulldogs and teammate Kylie Griffin added seven points.
Myah Hurd added four rebounds, two steals and eight points for the Leopards. Tamara Norris contributed 11 rebounds and seven points for L-E and teammate Breanna Webster added five rebounds with four points.
Liberty-Eylau will face Caddo Mills or Brownsboro in the area round next week.