TEXARKANA, Texas — Texas High made the free throws down the stretch to distance itself from Marshall in a girls District 15-5A basketball game.
Both teams had converted 5 of 10 foul shots leading into the fourth quarter, but the Lady Tigers made 6 of 8 from the charity stripe in the final period, compared to 1 of 7 for the visitors at Tiger Center Saturday.
"We knew coming into this game that Marshall was going to to be tough to beat; they have height, they have size and have improved so much," Lady Tiger head coach Shonda Wilson said. "We're still working on ironing out the kinks; we had too many turnovers.
"We're coming together, and hopefully we can continue to progress."
Texas High (7-7 overall) climbed to 4-2 in district play as the teams closed out the first round, and the Mavericks (6-9 overall) evened their league record at 3-3.
Up two points coming out of the half, the Mavs opened the third quarter with a 4-1 run to take a 29-24 lead. Texas High closed the gap and regained the lead at 32-31 with an 8-2 streak.
By the end of the third, Marshall was back up two (35-33).
The Tigers had a pair of early steals which they transitioned into layups and opened the fourth with an 8-0 run to go up seven points. The Mavericks pulled to within two (42-40) but never any closer.
Texas High made 11 of 18 free throws in the game, compared to 6 of 17 for the Mavs. The Tigers finished with a 34 percent shooting percentage on 18-of-53 field goals. Marshall also shot 34 percent on 17-of-50 shot attempts.
The Tigers had 24 turnovers, compared to 26 by the Mavs, who won the rebounding battle, 38-34.
THS' Ashanti Northcross led all scorers with 17 points — 7 from the line — Jalyn Golette scored 10 of her 12 in the second half, and Amari Morrison pulled down 10 rebounds.
Marshall used an 11-4 run in the first quarter to grab a 13-9 advantage, but the Tigers responded with an 8-0 rally to close the quarter and hold a 17-13 lead at the first break.
"Ashanti had a good game for us tonight; it was a good bounce back for her," Wilson said. "He basketball IQ is very high. Ashlyn Stiger did an awesome job defensively; she can match up with anybody and can play multiple positions for us.
"Jalyn had a strong game, as did Amari. All the girls played well, they came together as a team because they knew we were a little short-handed today. They had to step up."
THS was up 21-15 with 5:02 left in the second, but the Mavericks scored the next seven and turned that into a 10-2 run to close the half.
Marshall led 25-23 at intermission and shot 32 percent (10 of 31) from the field in the first half.
The Tigers shot 39 percent on 10-of-26 shooting before halftime. THS had eight turnovers in the second quarter and were out-rebounded, 15-8, in the period.
Asia Smith and Are'Anna Gill scored 13 apiece for the Mavericks, and Serenity Jackson had 10 boards.
The Tigers won the junior varsity game, 48-34. Teiara Brown led THS with 14 points, Anasia Wilcox scored 12, and Dayna Woods added 10.