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Waco High’s Takierra Young (15) reaches for a loose ball against Round Rock Westwood’s McKenna Lindley (23). The Lady Warriors beat the Lady Lions 61-21.

Staff photo— Jerry Larson

It’s not that Midway girls coach Ben Holder was disappointed with a 64-43 win over Rockwall Heath on Tuesday at the M.T. Rice Tournament.

Or that he was disappointed with winning both games in pool play, which the Pantherettes did.

“We have a level that we can play at that’s pretty high,” said Holder, who is in his first season. “What’s disappointing is when we play below that level and we have players on the floor that are better than that.

“I want us to show we can be consistent with the level we play at for an entire game.”

Midway (15-3) came out playing at a very high level, going up 20-4 in the first quarter after a 14-0 run capped by a layup by senior Barbara Benson.

Midway went into halftime up 41-20 after a basket at the buzzer by Benson, who finished with a game-high 16 points.

“We came out all on the same page, executing and playing defense and getting rebounds,” Benson said. “We didn’t give them a lot of second chances because we were all focused on what we needed to do.”

Midway opened the third quarter with a three-pointer by DaJia Davis and opened the fourth quarter the same way, with Chelsey Harris hitting a three-pointer.

Ten different players scored for Midway, with JaNaiya Davis adding 11 points.

“I wasn’t surprised by how we came out, with getting the early lead,” Benson said. “I felt like we were pretty focused from the beginning so when we went up by a lot that was kind of what I expected us to do.”

Round Rock Westwood 61, Waco High 21

Westwood, which has reached the M.T. Rice tourney final in three of the past four years, busted out to a big opening win over the Lady Lions.

The Lady Warriors built a double-digit lead after one quarter at 17-7, and never relented. Westwood forward Meaghan Hendricks outscored Waco High by herself in the opening quarter, 10-7, and finished with a game-high 18.

Jonesha Mosley topped Waco High (7-10) with 10.

Fort Worth Boswell 61, University 25

Junior guard Audrey Warren overcame a nasty spill to return and score a game-best 22 points, leading the Lady Pioneers to a romp over the Lady Trojans in their tournament opener.

Boswell (14-3) built a double-digit lead by early in the second quarter, as University struggled to handle the Pioneers’ defensive pressure.

Warren was particularly effective getting past University’s defense. She took a tumble after a collison near the end of the first half and laid on the court for several minutes, but returned with a vengeance, as she adeptly weaved in and out of the Lady Trojan defenders on drives to the hoop.

Tusherria Demar scored nine to pace University, and Lyric McGowan added eight.

Tribune-Herald sports editor Brice Cherry contributed to this report.

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