Gruver’s Bailey Maupin goes up for a bucket against Olton during a Class 2A area round game Monday at the Caprock Activity Center. [Ben Jenkins/ Press Pass Sports]
Class 2A area roundup
Despite the extremely cold temperatures and snowy conditions, Class 2A highlighted the Texas Panhandle with three University Interscholastic League area round girls playoff matchups taking place Monday.
As most fans have been waiting for, Gruver and Panhandle’s collision course will finally come to fruition. The No. 8-ranked Lady Hounds (22-2) rolled past Olton, 79-28 at Caprock, while the No. 2-ranked Ettes (24-3) handled Farwell 65-37.
Gruver’s Division I prospect and junior guard Bailey Maupin was unstoppable against the Mustangs racking up 23 of her 28 points in the first half. Panhandle and Tarleton State signee Mason Jones ignited the Ettes with 25 points against Farwell.
Gruver and Panhandle’s highly anticipated clash in the regional quarterfinals is set for 6 p.m. Thursday in Pampa. The Lady Hounds knocked the Ettes out of the postseason a year ago in the Region I-2A final, 34-27, on the way to winning the UIL Class 2A state championship.
Wellington was also in action Monday, defeating Vega, 53-33, advancing into the regional quarterfinal round for a third straight year. The No. 15-ranked Lady Skyrockets (21-5) will play Tuesday’s Clarendon-New Deal winner Friday.
Kyla Kane finished with 19 points against Vega, teammate Sicily Sumrall added 12.
Monday’s area scores
Gruver 23 45 61 79
Olton 14 19 24 28
G— Bailey Maupin 28, Brenna butler 11. O— Shalylee Leathers 11. Records: Gruver 22-2; Olton 15-11.
Farwell 5 9 16 37
Panhandle 17 38 59 65
F— Presley Agee 12. P— Mason Jones 25 Mackie Land 8. Records: Farwell 18-11; Panhandle 24-3.
Vega 8 13 25 33
Wellington 12 23 34 53
V— Madalyn Richards 21. W— Kyla Kane 19, Sicily Sumrall 12. Records: Vega 19-9; Wellington 21-5.
Boys seeding scenarios shake out
The girls playoffs weren’t the only ones in action, as three boys seeding games took place Monday.
In District 4-4A, Perryton downed Dumas 43-22 in a third place game. With the victory, the Rangers (10-10) are the No. 3-seed out of the district, and will face Snyder in the Class 4A bidistrict round at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Childress.
Daxton Rigdon led the Rangers with 13 points, as Pablo Perez and Levi Stevens each added 12.
Dumas (17-9) is the No. 4-seed, and will play District 3-4A champion Lubbock Estacado (19-2) in a Class 4A bidistrict matchup at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Plainview.
In District 1-2A, Stratford beat Sunray 60-47 in Dalhart to nab the second spot out of the district Monday. Sunray will claim third, as Sanford-Fritch will get the fourth and final spot. The Elks were led by Anastacio Ibarra 21 points against the Bobcats. Stratford (9-10) will battle Wheeler (13-8) at a time and place to be determined in the Class 2A bidistrict round. Sunray (15-10) takes on Panhandle (16-5) in a bidistrict game at 6 p.m. Friday in Borger.
Monday’s seeding scores
Third place game
Dumas 0 5 15 22
Perryton 10 22 31 43
D— Reynaga 8, Kelso 6. P— Rigdon 13, Perez 12, Stevins 12. Records: Dumas 17-9; Perryton 10-10.
Second place game
Stratford 10 31 44 60
Sunray 13 21 37 47
Str— Anastacio Ibarra 21, Trever Bell 15. Sun— Wyatt McGaughy 25, Jorge Hermosillo 16. Records: Stratford 9-10; Sunray 15-10.
First place game
Booker 46, Miami 31