LHN, SPX girls advance in TAPPS playoffs

Lutheran High North’s Dalanna Carter prepares to shoot a free throw during a Jan. 9 game against The Village School. Carter led the Lady Lions with 28 points in their area-round win over Austin Hill Country Christian Tuesday night. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann)

The Lutheran High North and St. Pius X girls basketball teams took steps toward winning private-school state championships earlier this week.

Lutheran High North, which had a bye in the first round of the TAPPS playoffs, cruised past Austin Hill Country Christian 99-32 in a second-round game Tuesday. The Lady Lions (18-3) are the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ top-ranked team in TAPPS 3A.

Dalanna Carter's 28 points led the way for LHN, while Kinsie Kim had 22 points. Tori Noack scored 15 points on five 3-pointers, while Kaitlyn Alexander chipped in 10 points.

The Lady Lions will play the winner between Tomball Rosehill Christian and Bryan Brazos Christian, which were scheduled to play Tuesday, in a quarterfinal this Saturday as they look to advance to a third straight state semifinal.

St. Pius X defeated San Antonio Incarnate Word 51-43 in Tuesday's second-round playoff game, advancing to the TAPPS 6A quarterfinals against The Village School.

The Lady Panthers also beat the Shamrocks in their regular-season finale Feb. 23, when three players scored in double digits. Breelyn Sanborn led the way with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Zachara Perkins had 13 points and nine rebounds. Farren Donald-Wright also scored 13 points.

Boys

St. Thomas lost to San Antonio Central Catholic 66-54 on Tuesday in the second round of the TAPPS 6A playoffs, finishing its season at 10-7. The Eagles had defeated St. John XXIII on Feb. 26 to end the regular season, with Carlos Kaehler scoring 22 points.

Lutheran High North dominated its opening-round opponent in the TAPPS 3A playoffs last week, beating Kerrville Our Lady of The Hills 83-58. The Lions' Marvin Robinson led all scorers with 27 points, while Edwin Preston Jr. had 17 points of his own.

However, LHN then lost to Austin Hill Country Christian 66-59 in a second-round game Tuesday to bring its season to a close.

The St. Pius X Panthers capped off the regular season with a win over Katy St. John XXIII on Feb. 25, but fell 84-42 to San Antonio Antonian Prep in a TAPPS 6A second-round playoff.

Public schools

The Heights girls once again saw their season come to an end at the hands of top-ranked Cypress Creek, which won 59-31 in a regional quarterfinal game Feb. 24. The Lady Bulldogs, who finished the season at 24-5, also lost to the Lady Cougars in last year's playoffs.

Heights' Gracelynn Alvarez scored 13 points in her final high school game, while Tierra Simon had eight points and 10 rebounds.

On the boys side, the Bulldogs saw their historic season come to an end in the program’s first regional quarterfinal in nearly 30 years, falling 55-45 to Fort Bend Elkins on Feb. 27. Heights finished the season with a 16-5 record.

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