Boosted by a big game from Alyssa Claxton, the Rice Lady Bulldogs steadily pulled away from the Dawson Lady Bulldogs, 36-23, Friday afternoon, to advance to the consolation championship game of the Kiwanis Classic.
Claxton finished with 14 points, including 7 in the fourth quarter, as Rice put the game away in the second half. Joselyn Ramos added 7 points and Hannah Harwell had 6 points to help led Rice. Others scoring for Rice were Lexi Davis (5 points), Kelly Montgomery (2), and Victoria Razo (2).
For Dawson, seven Lady Bulldogs scored, led by Casey Springer with 8 points and Hannah Nesmith with 5 points. Aiding the Lady Bulldog cause were Cheyanne Praytor (4 points), Alexis Irwin (2), Maggie Crawford (2), Daisy Garcia (1), and Monica Saldana (1).
Rice will face district-rival Blooming Grove at noon on Saturday for the consolation title. Dawson moves to the seventh-place game against Milford at 9:00 a.m. Saturday. Both games will be on the campus of Navarro College.
Italy 66, Milford 62 (boys)
After not playing on Thursday and moving into the consolation bracket, the Italy Gladiators beat the Milford Bulldogs, 66-62, to move to the consolation finals of the Kiwanis Classic on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Leading the way for the Gladiators were Williams with 28 points and Holley with 16 points. Woodard led the offense for Milford with 22 points.
Italy will face Mildred in the consolation championship game, while Milford will take on Frost in the seventh-place game on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Both games will be on the campus of Navarro College.