SAN ANTONIO — An East Texas showdown ended with the No. 1 Martin's Mill Lady Mustangs defeating the No. 12 Grapeland Sandiettes 60-56 in the UIL 2A State Championship game in San Antonio before a crowd of 4,672 attendees.
The Lady Mustangs, who ended the season with a perfect 39-0 record, also won the state title in 2018.
Grapeland shot 47 percent from the field (23-49), while Martin's Mill shot 45 percent (23-51). The Lady Mustangs were 3-6 from behind the arc as Sandiettes hit two 3-pointers out of 13. From the free throw line, Grapeland was 8-13, while Martin's Mill was 11-22.
Grapeland's Tiera Jones led all scorers with 17 points.
- Martin's Mill 20, Grapeland 7
- Martin's Mill 31, Grapeland 26
- Grapeland 47, Martin's Mill 45
- Martin's Mill 60, Grapeland 56
- In the paint: Martin's Mill - 34, Grapeland - 40
- Off turnovers: Martins Mill - 25, Grapeland - 20
- Second chance: Martin's Mill - 8, Grapeland - 14
- Fast break: Martin's Mill - 8, Grapeland - 6
- Bench: Martin's Mill - 16, Grapeland - 2
The Lady Sandiettes committed 20 turnovers compared the Lady Mustangs' 16. Martin's Mill pulled down 29 rebounds to Grapeland's 34.
Grapeland led the contest for 10:26 minutes, while Martins's Mill held the lead for 14:46 minutes. The game was tied for a total of 6:23 minutes with four lead changes.
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EAST TEXAS SHOWDOWN
Grapeland topped Mason 61-54 on Friday to advance to the championship.
GRAPELAND'S ROAD TO STATE
- Defeated Frost, 78-38
- Defeated Moody, 90-27
- Defeated Kerens, 78-50
- Defeated Woden, 53-44
- Defeated Marlin, 63-43
- Defeated Mason, 61-54
Martin's Mill squeaked by Panhandle 49-47, marking the 10th time Martin's Mill has made it to the girls basketball state title game.
MARTIN'S MILL'S ROAD TO STATE
- Defeated Wolfe City, 90-31
- Defeated Harleton, 82-15
- Defeated Celeste, 90-35
- Defeated Muenster, 63-34
- Defeated Era, 46-43
- Defeated Panhandle, 49-47
Congratulations to both the Lady Mustangs and the Sandiettes on stellar seasons!