Thursday’s Area roundup: Swifts holds off Valley; Canyon, Bushland use second half surges to advance


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Nazareth’s Trent Gerber goes in for a layup against Valley during a Class 1A Area round game at the Amarillo High Activity Center on Thursday night. [Ben Jenkins/ Press Pass Sports]

Class 1A

Swifts survive Patriots late effort

Nazareth is headed back to the third round of the playoffs for an impressive 14th straight year.

The Swifts held off a late surge from Valley for a 57-49 win during a Class 1A Area round game at the Amarillo High Activity Center on Thursday night.

Nazareth found its gear midway through the first quarter. Freshman Kayle Rogers nailed a hook shot to get things rolling, then it was the hot-hand of senior Trent Gerber burying two first quarter 3-balls. From that point forward the Swifts were in control up 35-20 by halftime.

The Patriots (19-7) didn’t go down easy making things interesting in the closing minutes getting the lead back within single digits with 1:23 left in the fourth. However, Rogers and Carson Hieman came in clutch for the Swifts at the charity stripe going 7-of-9 down the stretch to ice the game.

Rogers led all scores with 17 points including a perfect 3-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc. Gerber added 11.

Jaxson Edwards did his best to keep Valley in it scoring a team-high 11 points.

The Swifts (23-11) will play the winner of Friday’s Wildorado-Booker winner in the regional quarterfinals next week.

Valley 10 20 25 49

Nazareth 19 35 44 57

V— Edwards 11, Pigg 10. N— Rogers 17, Gerber 11, Birkenfeld 11. Records: Valley 19-7; Nazareth 23-11.

Texline dismantles Hedley

It’s been smooth sailing for defending state champion Texline during the first two rounds of the UIL playoffs.

The Tornadoes, who have now won nine straight postseason games dating back to last year, jumped out to an extremely fast start and never looked back throttling Hedley 97-42 in a Class 1A Area round game at Randall on Thursday.

In two wins against Hart and now Hedley over the past three days, Texline is clicking on all cylinders averaging 99 points a game. The Tornadoes also picked up their 30th win on the year, improving to 30-3 overall, and will now meet Friday’s Springlake-Earth-Silverton winner in next week’s regional quarterfinals.

Texline used pressure defense, and hot shooting to build a 35-13 first quarter lead. Texline had five players go for double-digits with Elias Espino putting up a game-high 25 points. Teammate Angel Herrera followed with 20, and Noel Lozano added 15.

Hedley ends its season at 19-8.

Texline 35 61 87 97

Hedley 13 24 29 42

T— Espino 25, Herrera 20, Lozano 15, Luther 13, Drumm 12. H— Booth 12, Alston 11, Cody Bond 11. Records: Texline 30-3; Hedley 19-8.

Class 4A

Canyon dominates Seminole in second half to advance

For one half against Seminole, the Canyon Eagles hardly appeared to be a team carrying a No. 14 state ranking and focusing in on their second straight trip to the region quarterfinals.

For the second half, though, they nailed the landing.

Canyon thoroughly dominated in the final two quarters against Seminole, taking the lead for the first time late in the third quarter and cruising from there. The Eagles gave up only 11 points in the second half and found some offensive continuity to soar to a 52-37 victory at Wolfforth Frenship.

It guarantees that Canyon (27-5) will play in next week’s region quarterfinals against the winner of Friday’s game between Lubbock Estacado and Greenwood.

Seminole (12-20) appeared to have other plans. The Indians shut down the Eagles offensively in the first half and at one point led 26-15. Canyon scored the last four points of the first half to cut it to 26-19 at halftime and took some momentum into the second half.

The Eagles steadily chipped away at the lead and when Cade Cornelson scored on a steal, was fouled and made a free throw, they had their first lead at 32-30. They never trailed again.

Cornelson led Canyon with a game-high 17 points, and Brooks Wagner scored 12 points, all in the second half.

John Cottrell led Seminole with 15 points. However, the Eagles held him to two points after halftime.

Canyon 8 19 34 52

Seminole 15 26 32 37

C— Cade Cornelson 17, Brooks Wagner 12. S— John Cottrell 15, McCormack 8. Records: Canyon 27-5; Seminole 12-20.

Class 3A

Bushland rolls over Alpine

The Bushland Falcons exploded in the second half to soar past Alpine 73-37 in a Class 3A Area round contest in Seminole on Thursday.

The game was tight through the first two quarters as the Falcons held a 17-12 lead after one, and a narrow 31-27 advantage at halftime.

But the second half was a different story. The Bushland offense caught fire in the second half outscoring the Bucks 22-5 in the third quarter to blow the game open with a 53-32 lead after three quarters.

Cole Purcell and Baylor King were a huge part of the Bushland victory with each going for 20 points.

Bushland improves to 18-9 overall, and will now face Friday’s Shallowater-Kermit winner in next week’s regional quarterfinals.

Alpine finishes the year 19-8.

Dimmitt season came to an end at the hands of Abernathy 56-30 in the area round at Frenship.

The Bobcats finish the season 20-10 overall. The Antelopes (16-8) advance to the regional quarterfinals to play Friday’s Tornillo-Tulia winner.

Alpine 12 27 32 37

Bushland 17 31 53 73

A— Jayden 10. B— Cole Purcell 20, Baylor King 20. Records: Alpine 19-8; Bushland 18-9.

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