Chapel Hill wins Central Heights Tourney

The Chapel Hill Lady Devils pushed their record to 16-1 and won the Central Heights Girls Basketball Tournament this past weekend. The Lady Devils opened up the tournament in pool play against Henderson High School.

Chapel Hill’s first game of the year was against Henderson and they won that one 71-66. Wanting to make a better showing, the Lady Devils poured it on 4A Henderson, being up 44-11 at halftime and then eventually winning 67-33.

The second pool play game was against 2A San Augustine. At halftime the Lady Devils were up 32-19 before holding San Augustine to seven second half point to win 65-26.

That win put them in the championship semi-finals against a fierce #15 2A team in Lovelady. Lovelady led at halftime 28-31 and was in control of the game.

With a few halftime adjustments the Lady Devils were able to come back in the 4th quarter and win 53-50.

“Lovelady won the 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters, but our girls hung in there to win the 4th quarter by enough to pull out the win,” said Head Coach Matt Garrett. “It was a good learning lesson for our girls to realize that it is not over until it is over … I was very proud of them.”

That win put them back in the championship game against #3 2A Woden, who had given the Lady Devils their only loss for the year. That loss came in the championship game of the Elliott Auto Group Invitational at Chapel Hill.

“The girls really wanted another shot at Woden if it was possible,” said Garrett. That shot came to pass.

In the championship game it was a thriller. With a great crowd in a neutral venue the Lady Devils showed up. At the end of a tight first quarter it was the Lady Devils on top, 16-12. The second quarter was much of the same as Chapel Hill won the quarter 10-9 to lead 26-21 at halftime. In the third quarter Woden outscored the Lady Devils 5-2, but Chapel Hill still held the lead, 28-26.

With only a two-point margin, both teams were at the top of their games as every possession mattered. The difference in the game were free throws. Chapel Hill held the ball at 35-35 for nearly three minutes to force Woden’s hand … and it worked. Mason Garrett was fouled and went 2-2 on the free throw line and Rebekah Crane was fouled twice and went 4-4 on the free throw line.

Both girls — who had played all the minutes at their positions for two straight games — with less than a minute left in the championship were a perfect 6 for 6 from the charity stripe.

“All I can say is ‘Wow!’ What else is there to say,” said Garrett. “Our girls played their hearts out and at the most crucial, pivotal, stressful moment, Rebekah and Mason came up perfect from the free throw line to seal the game. Wow, Wow, Wow.

“It took everything we had from our entire team to win this tournament and my hat is off to each and every one of them.”

The tournament win was just the beginning of the good news for the Lady Devils and their fans.

When the new Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) poll was released Monday, the team had moved up, from fourth to third.

The Chapel Hill Lady Devils are: Kaylyn Tompkins, Rebekah Crane, Mason Garrett, Ja’Mya Bishop, Erica Waldo, Amber Guess, Rachel Crane, Katia Hernandez, Macy Cox and Kinly Posey.

The All Tournament Team consisted of: Rebekah Crane, Mason Garrett

The Lady Devils were set to open district play on Tuesday, traveling to Como-Pickton, and then hosting Cooper on Friday.

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