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story.lead_photo.caption Texas High's Jalyn Golette blocks a shot by Huntsville's Tyra Rodgers at the buzzer for the first quarter Friday during a Class 5A bi-district girls basketball game at Bear Event Center in Timpson, Texas. Photo by Josh Richert / Texarkana Gazette.

TIMPSON, Texas — Huntsville went on a long rally in the third quarter to pull away from Texas High in a Class 5A bi-district girls basketball game.

The Lady Tigers cut their deficit to 11 points in the fourth quarter but never got any closer, falling to the Lady Hornets, 66-49, Friday at Timpson's Bear Event Center.

Huntsville (19-7) will take its 14-win streak into the area round next week. Texas High's season ends at 11-10.

"The first thing we need to do was take care of the ball, and we didn't do well with that," Tigers coach Shonda Wilson said. "We shot the ball well, when we were able to handle their press. Huntsville played well and you've got to give them credit.

"This team has grown through this season. We've had injuries and COVID issues, and these girls keep fighting. We'll miss these seniors, and we've got a good core to build from next season."

Up nine coming out of halftime, Huntsville kept the lead between 9-5 points until a 6-0 run started at 3:41 made it a 13-point lead. The Hornets turned that run into a 10-2 rally, taking a 48-33 lead with 2:37 left in the third.

Huntsville led 54-37 to start the fourth quarter, and the Tigers opened the final period on an 8-2 run. The Hornets closed the game with an 8-2 run.

Amari Morrison — one of four seniors for Texas High — had a double-double. She scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Ashanti Northcross contributed 10 points for the Tigers, who shot 56 percent from the floor on 24-of-43 shooting.

Huntsville shot 36 percent on 28-of-77 field goals, forced 34 turnovers and committed 15, and wont he rebounding battle, 44-32.

"Coming into the game we talked about that we had to take care of the ball because they were going to press us the entire game," Wilson said. "We didn't handle the ball like we should have; We performed our press-breaks well at time and not well at others."

After Texas High scored four points to cut its deficit to 11-10, the Hornets scored the final four points of the first quarter to take a 15-10 advantage into the first break.

The Tigers got back within three points twice early in the second, but Huntsville scored five straight and — up five at 24-19 — scored six in a row later in the quarter to build a 30-19 lead with 2:14 left before intermission.

THS sandwiched layups around a pair of Hornet free throws and trailed 32-23 at intermission.

The Tigers shot 53 percent (11 of 21) in the first half but committed 17 turnovers, compared to seven by Huntsville. The Hornets shot 41 percent (14 of 34) before halftime and were out-rebounded by Texas High, 18-15.

Alyiah Craft poured in 27 points for Huntsville, Kenysha Johnson added 11 points, and Alyssa Fielder had nine points and 10 boards.

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