The Marlin Lady Bulldogs played in the Waco area on Tuesday night. Even better, they’re headed back this weekend.
Marlin advanced to the regional tournament behind a 56-47 win over Academy Tuesday at University High School. The Lady Bulldogs (29-8) will face Hitchcock in the Region III-3A semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday at Midway.
After Marlin led by four heading into the fourth quarter, Academy fought back to tie the game at 47 with 4:13 to play. The Lady Bulldogs then took a 50-47 advantage with just over a minute to play before ending the game on a 6-0 run.
Temple 53, Ennis 46
Temple advances to the regional tournament with victory over Ennis. It marks the deepest postseason run Temple has had since reaching the regional semifinals in 1997.
Hamilton 44, Poolville 30
STEPHENVILLE — Hamilton has a long history of greatness in girls athletics. The current crop of the Lady Bulldogs clinched the first regional tournament trip since the glory days of 1998 with a victory over Poolville.
Hamilton (28-7) moves on to the Region II-2A semifinals in McKinney, and will face Union Grove at 6 p.m. Friday.
Kali Stroud scored 12 points to lead the way for Hamilton, while Maddy Mehaffey added 10 and Trinity Hale scored nine. Hamilton hit three 3-pointers to blow the game open in the third quarter.
Waco High 47, Nacogdoches 44
FAIRFIELD – The Lions pulled out a tight win over Nacogdoches in the Class 5A bi-district playoffs at Fairfield’s Eagle Gym.
Waco High (21-14) moves on to face Huntsville in the area round of the playoffs later this week.
Rosebud-Lott 80, Riesel 65 (OT)
Behind 38 points from Jeremy Truesdale, Rosebud-Lott pulled out an overtime victory over Riesel in the Class 2A bi-district playoffs. Jaquorian Johnson also finished in double figures for the Cougars, as the senior guard put up 16 points.
Teague 58, Rice 56
The Teague boys varsity team held an eight-point lead over Rice heading into the third quarter of their 3A bi-district clash, but the Bulldogs didn’t give up. Rice opened up the fourth quarter on a 10-2 run to tie the game at 47 with just over five minutes to go.
The two teams were neck and neck down the stretch as a bucket by Rice’s Tre Jessie tied things up at 56. But Tyrese Heard delivered the answer for Teague that turned out to be the game winner as the Lions prevailed.