TEXARKANA, Texas — Pleasant Grove wrapped up an undefeated District 15-4A race with a rout of Paris Tuesday at Hawk Gym.
The Lady Hawks notched a 40-point victory to celebrate Senior Night and wrap up the regular season with a 67-27 win, heading into the postseason next week.
PG's boys rallied to take the lead late in the third quarter, but the Wildcats rallied in the fourth to remain undefeated in league play with a 68-59 win.
Pleasant Grove 67, Paris 27
The Lady Hawks built a commanding lead in the first quarter and were never challenged by Paris.
PG (26-4, 8-0) shot 44 percent from the floor on 29-of-66 field goals. The Hawks forced 25 turnovers and had just 11, and they held a 40-24 advantage in rebounds.
The Lady Wildcats (7-11, 3-5) finished with a 32 percent shooting percentage on 12-of-37 shots.
Up 29 at halftime, Pleasant Grove extended its lead to 52-18 after three quarters and had a 6-point advantage in the final period.
Asia Lloyd ripped the cords for 21 points and had eight rebounds to pace the Hawks in both categories. Shanequa Henry added 16 points, and Miaya Ware had seven boards.
The Hawks' offense started quickly, taking a 10-2 lead in the opening 3:43 of the game. Paris continued to score after a layup at 6:02, and PG closed the first on a 15-0 run to go ahead 21-2 at the first break.
Pleasant Grove used a 7-2 streak to start the second quarter to go up 28-4, and after just the third Paris basket, went on a 9-0 run. The Wildcats scored just before intermission to make it 37-4.
The Hawks shot 41 percent (16 of 39) in the first half and forced 17 turnovers in the first half. Paris shot just 22 percent before halftime on 4-of-18 field goals.
Takara Moore led the Wildcats with nine points, and Quiniya Savage had eight points and seven rebounds.
PG's junior varsity won, 41-17, with Aniyah Allen, Paula Grunhage and Emma Hennard scoring six points apiece for the Hawks.
Paris 68, PG 59
The Wildcats used an 11-point swing in the fourth quarter to escape the Hawks.
Pleasant Grove (26-8, 7-0) cut its deficit to two points three times in the third quarter and finally took the lead (50-49) on Torrey Phillips' traditional 3-point play with 55 seconds left. Brett Carmony followed the lead change with a 3-pointer for the Hawks, who led 53-51 to start the final quarter.
After the Hawks (13-10, 3-3) opened the fourth on a 4-1 run, Paris went on an 8-2 streak to regain the lead at 60-59 with 4:20 remaining. The visitors made it eight consecutive points to hold a 64-59 advantage with 1:38 left.
The Wildcats made 4 of 5 free throws in the final minute to keep the Hawks at bay.
Paris shot 40 percent on 25-of-63 field goals. It also had 10 turnovers, compared to 14 by Pleasant Grove.
The Hawks shot 38 percent from the floor on 25 of 66 shots. They also held a 50-34 advantage on the glass.
To start the game, the Wildcats built a brief 7-3 advantage before PG took the lead at 8-7. Paris responded with four consecutive baskets to go up 15-8 with 2:10 left in the first. The Hawks trailed 18-12 at the first break.
PG pulled even with Paris on a 6-0 run to start the second, but the Wildcats scored the next eight to go up 26-18. The Hawks got within 26-24 with a 6-point run.
Pleasant Grove scored with 1:01 remaining until halftime to make it 35-33. But a foul turned into an additional technical foul call, enabling Paris to close the half with a 5-0 streak to take a 40-33 advantage at intermission.
The Wildcats shot 44 percent (16 of 36) from the floor in the first half. The Hawks shot 42 percent (14 of 33) in the half and held a 23-16 lead in rebounds. Both teams had six turnovers at the break.
Trevon Dennis scored 21 points for Paris, which had five players with nine or more points. Trae Johnson had 12 points, Jameson Mitchell added 11, Troy Jones 10 and Jaelyn Lee scored nine. Dennis also had 11 rebounds, and Lee eight.
Phillips led all scorers with 22 points, and T'vondrick Henry added 11 points. Carmony had nine. Marcus Burris pulled down nine rebounds, and Phillips had eight.