Stony Point girls rally past Round Rock to keep pace in District 25-6A race
Aima Ofunrein doubled up with 15 points and 14 rebounds as Stony Point survived a delayed start and a fierce Round Rock rally to defeat the visiting Dragons 41-35 Friday night in District 25-6A girls basketball action.
District 25-6A has four teams within a game of each other fighting for two playoff spots. The Tigers improved to 8-3 in district with three games left while the Dragons fell to 6-5. First-place Vista Ridge is 11-0 after beating McNeil 39-27, with the Mavericks falling to 6-5. Cedar Ridge is also 6-5 after beating Westwood 64-44. Manor improved to 5-6 and retained its playoff hopes by beating Vandegrift 78-50. The Vipers fell to 1-10 along with Westwood.
Stony Point school representatives said a shortage of officials delayed the game, which was scheduled for 7 p.m. but started two hours late after officials from the Stony Point-Round Rock boys game at Round Rock High completed that contest, which went into overtime.
“We were fortunate to get the game in, but we were definitely out of the routine," Stony Point coach K.C. Asomugha said. "Our play was not consistent, and it was a challenge.”
Down early, Round Rock made it a game again
Round Rock led early with Bailey Featherstone's four first-quarter points, but Stony Point was up 12-9 heading into the second quarter after a 9-0 run that included a three-point play by Markasia Wingwood. The Tigers increased that lead to 19-12 before the Dragons rallied, tying it up with three points from Gabby Edo, a pair of three throws by Deja Zuniga and a basket from Ava Knipstein.
“We failed to get separation, and we would have a good run, then we stepped back on defense and they charged in," Asomugha said. "Our defensive efforts were uneven.”
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With the game tied 20-20 and 16 seconds left in the half, Tigers point guard Haviland Booker delivered the magic. The senior hit a free throw, then stole Round Rock's inbounds pass and hit a 3-point shot at the buzzer to send Stony Point into the break with a 24-20 cushion.
“We just focused on the simple stuff at the half, getting back into tempo, playing our game while staying aggressive on defense,” Asomugha said.
Stony Point came out strong in the third quarter, scoring 10 of the first 12 points. Ofunrein scored eight points in the quarter as the Tigers used a quick passing game to offset the Dragons' pressure defense. Stony Point extend the lead to 13 points at 35-23 on baskets by Mary Bortels and Ofunrein to open the fourth quarter, but the Tigers drew back defensively.
Down by 12, Featherstone and the Dragons went to work as the senior hit four straight baskets, including a top-of-the-key 3-point shot to cut the margin to 38-34 and send the final outcome to the free-throw line. Booker hit two free throws and Ofunrein one for the final Tigers score while the Dragons could collect only a final point by Knipstein.
Featherstone led all scorers with 19 points while Edo added six points and five rebounds. Danae Jones and Macie Upshaw had seven boards each for Round Rock.
Bortels had eight points with 10 rebounds for Stony Point.
Other Friday results from around the area
Sayer Bourland led a balanced Vista Ridge offense with nine points while Abby Seitz added eight, Alea Pinai seven and Kianna Wormley six in the Rangers' win over McNeil. Riley Samples scored 12 for the Mavericks. Meanwhile, Hays beat Cedar Park 52-22 as Neela Castillo had 24 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals. The quartet of Megan Disu, Madi Disu, Maya Pimentel and Naya Burleson combined for 30 points in the paint for the state-ranked Hawks.
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Hendrickson beat Bastrop 81-12, and Pflugerville ran past Georgetown 64-35 as Jaida Gomez led the Panthers with 15 points while Avari Berry added 12. Cpeeritt Plummer collected 11 points and Ariana Baldwin and Jordynn Watts added 10 each for the Panthers.
Austin High beat Akins 57-24 as Shanel Reid had 13 points with five assists, four rebounds and four steals while Senaida Barrientos had 12 points with five boards and five assists. Peyton Freiermuth scored 11 points and Jade Clack had 11 points, five rebounds and four assists. Bowie beat Johnson 49-46 as Ella Leon scored 16 points. McCallum beat Eastside Early College 50-23 while Burnet knocked Lampasas out of a first-place tie by beating the Badgers 51-38. Zaria Solis led Burnet with 17 points while Sydney Lough added 14 and Sierra Schaefer had nine. Marble Falls has a one-game lead after beating Jarrell 57-50.
A milestone for Lake Travis' Galbraith
Last Tuesday night, Lake Travis beat Del Valle 66-18 behind 13 points from Oklahoma State signee Mia Galbraith, 14 by Claire Kolkhorst, 10 by Bella Germond and seven from Riley Moore. Galbraith topped 1,500 career points as a Cavalier.
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