The Dallas Morning News

Deficit too big for FW Trinity Valley

Williams (29 points) sits out key stretch as Hou. Kinkaid wins title

- By MIKE WATERS Special Contributo­r

HOUSTON — McDonald’s All-American Madison Williams poured in a teamhigh 29 points, but it was not enough as Fort Worth Trinity Valley fell to defending champion Houston Kinkaid 65-42 in the girls basketball title game at the SPC Winter Championsh­ips.

Williams picked up her third foul 4:40 before halftime, and Kinkaid (26-2) went on a 17-5 run with Williams on the bench. That left Trinity Valley (22-9) with a 31-17 deficit at intermissi­on.

“Proud of our team, especially the way we kept pace early on. Then the second quarter, the fouls really hurt us, and Kinkaid went on that run,” Trinity Valley coach Tawanna Flowers said.

Williams, an Oklahoma signee, scored all of her team’s nine points in the third quarter and added 10 more in the final quarter. Williams had 11 rebounds, four steals and two blocks for Trinity Valley, which was trying to win its first outright SPC title in girls basketball. Trinity Valley was declared co-champion in Division II in 2004, when the title game was canceled because of inclement weather.

Williams, No. 77 in the ESPN HoopGurlz national recruiting rankings for the Class of 2018, was matched up with Kinkaid’s Jasmine Smith, who is No. 98 on that list. Smith, a Rice signee, matched Williams by scoring 29 points.

Trinity Valley reached the championsh­ip game with a 5953 semifinal victory over Houston Christian on Friday night. Williams record 33 points, 13 rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks.

“The semifinal game with Houston Christian was a physical, hard-fought game,” Flowers said. “We beat a very good team. Just did not have quite enough against a very good Kinkaid team.”

After the game, Williams was emotional as she reflected on her career.

“It is sad that it is ending,” Williams said. “But I have learned to be a better leader, a better person. I love the school,

I love the program.”

Boys basketball: St. Mark’s captured third place by defeating Houston Kinkaid 55-48. Kinkaid’s Jae LeDee, an Ohio State signee, scored 34 points against St. Mark’s after tossing in 32 points in a semifinal loss to Bellaire Episcopal.

Houston Christian captured the title with a 67-53 win over Bellaire Episcopal.

Boys soccer: Greenhill took third place with a 2-1 victory over St. Mark’s. Bellaire Episcopal defeated Oklahoma City Casady 2-0 to win the championsh­ip. It was the third consecutiv­e SPC title for Episcopal, which did not allow a goal in its three tournament wins.

Girls soccer: Hockaday registered a third-place finish with a 1-0 victory over Episcopal School of Dallas. Kinkaid, runner-up a year ago, won the title with a 3-2 decision over Houston St. John’s.

Wrestling: Tucker Ribman of St. Mark’s finished first in the 138-pound weight class. Ribman, who will wrestle for Harvard in the fall, was undefeated in his career in the state of Texas. He is the top-ranked wrestler in the 138-pound classifica­tion by Prep State (TAPPS and SPC) Wrestling Texas.

With 85 points, St. Mark’s finished fifth in the team standings. St. John’s won its third consecutiv­e team title, with 221 points.

Swimming and diving: St. Mark’s placed second with 102 points — four behind champion St. John’s. That ended a remarkable nine-year winning streak for St. Mark’s in the boys team standings.

St. Mark’s won the 200yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:30.84 and placed second in the 400 relay (3:15.82) and second in the 200 medley relay (1:38.73). Benjamin Hurst of St. Mark’s finished second in the 50 and 100 freestyle races with times of 22.0 and 47.80, respective­ly.

In the girls competitio­n, Hockaday took third in the team standings. Senior Bailey Hollingswo­rth, with a score of 321.55, took first in the 1-meter diving for Hockaday. Sophomore Abby Tchoukalef­f finished second in the 200 freestyle (1:54.49) and 500 freestyle (5:10.02).

Kincaid, the defending team champion, finished tied for first with St. John’s with 118 points.

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