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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Titans close to district title after senior night win

One more game, and Memorial can taste a long-awaited district championship in girls basketball.

That is, if the Lady Titans haven’t already clinched a share of it.

“Just to be back in the playoffs, though, …” coach Kevin Henry said. “The kids work hard, and it finally paid off. We’ll be going on.”

Memorial closed out its home slate with a 66-40 victory over Cleveland on Friday. Winners of eight in a row, the Lady Titans (16-10, 10-1 in 21-5A) were tied with Barbers Hill for first place in the district. Barbers Hill hosted Port Neches-Groves on Friday and will visit Cleveland for its regular-season finale Tuesday.

“The girls came out with a great start,” Henry said. “Everybody had a lot of energy and was real positive.”

Memorial, which last won a district title in 2012 as a 6A team, will visit Dayton on Tuesday.

Julia Sion led Memorial with 17 points and nine rebounds. The senior center shot 7 for 12 from the floor and also collected three steals.

Emily McElroy added 12 points and Dakayla Miller had nine in the win. Nine Titans in all scored.

Cleveland (1-17, 1-10) had two players in double figures.

Henry said he is unsure how or when Memorial and Barbers Hill would break a tie if they finish the season standings tied for first. UIL teams often play an extra head-to-head game to break the tie.

“Nobody wants to count their chickens before the eggs hatch,” Henry said. “We talked about it. We might get together over the weekend.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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