The North Central Texas Academy Lady Pioneers wrapped up another Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools District 2-A championship Friday with a 62-32 thumping of Wichita Christian.
Now begins the postseason quest for a fourth consecutive state TAPPS Class A state championship.
The victory was the 12th straight for the Lady Pioneers (17-5, 10-0), who completed a perfect sweep through their league. NCTA is ranked 17th in the state among small private schools in the latest Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll.
However, despite not being ranked higher, first-year coach Jodie Stevens likes her team’s chances of successfully defending their title.
“With five girls able to score, our opponents will have a tougher time defending us,” she said.
Carolina Bianchi led the Lady Pioneers with 26 points, while Esther Udonsi added 14 and Jenny Chen scored 11.
The Lady Pioneers received a bye in bidistrict and will open the postseason at home on Feb. 22.
NCTA 16 13 23 10 – 62
Wich. Chr. 2 12 11 7 – 32
NCTA (17-5, 10-0 in TAPPS 2-A) scoring – Carolina Bianchi 26, Esther Udonsi 14, Jenny Chen 11, Emily Bloyd 6, Sydney Lindsey 3, Taylor Reeves 2.
PIONEERS CLOSING IN
The North Central Texas Academy Pioneers moved within one victory of finishing Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools District 2-A play undefeated, topping Wichita Christian 79-34 Friday.
Stefan Rosic (21) and Raphael Rohlfs (20) combined for 41 points for the Pioneers (14-2, 11-0 in TAPPS 2-A).Rohlfs hit five of the Pioneers’ eight 3-point baskets.
North Central Texas, which won for the 14th consecutive game, jumped out to a 28-7 lead after the opening quarter. The Pioneers used a 25-3 run in the third quarter to increase their advantage to 69-29.
NCTA, ranked 23rd in the state by the TABC, were hosting Denton Selwyn last night. A victory would complete a perfect sweep through district. A loss would leave the teams tied for the top spot in district.
“The kids have worked hard all season long, they deserve the credit,” said NCTA coach Kirby Rasco. “Our seniors have stepped up and led this team on and off the court. Good bunch of guys we have here.”
NCTA 28. 16. 25. 10 – 79
WCichita 7 19 3 5 – 34
NCTA (14-2, 11-0 in TAPPS 2-A) scoring – Stefan Rosic 21, Raphael Rohlfs 20, Cale Dodson,12, Marvin Ivanovic 11, Luis Rivas 8, Ray Sun 4, Drayton Williams 2, Tyler Hoskins 1.
3-pointers – Rohlfs 5, Rivas 2, Rosic 1.