ALLEN - The Tarleton TexAnns won their first Lone Star Conference Tournament Championship since 2012 Sunday as they overcame a 17-point deficit to top Angelo State, 80-78.
Angelo State's star guard Taylor Dorsey was prepared for the championship stage early on as she led her team's attack scoring 16 points in the first quarter.
Despite Dorsey's early domination, her teammates only added on another nine points in the period as the TexAnns score 14 and trailed by only 11, 25-14.
Over the remaining quarter and a half, the TexAnns picked up their play exponentially outscoring the Rambelles 31-19 from the end of the first quarter until the 4:39 mark in the third quarter.
The third quarter really showed the quality on the court. Both teams combined for eight lead changes and five ties over the course of the period before entering the fourth quarter tied at 56.
The final period was almost identical to the third. Neither team went on a run, or scored more than two unanswered baskets. The largest lead either team seized in the quarter was a five-point advantage for Tarleton on five separate occasions.
With 1:55 remaining Lexi Murphy hit a three for the Rambelles to tie the game at 73. Then Mackenzie Hailey and Tiara Tatum hit a jumper and a three-point shot to give the TexAnns a five-point lead with 58 seconds remaining.
Murphy worked her magic yet again with 36 seconds to go for Angelo, but a late defensive stop and rebound by Mackenzie Hailey sealed the TexAnns tournament championship.
Mackenzie Hailey was named the tournament's most valuable player after scoring 23 points in the game while also hauling in six rebounds.
Bailey Wipff and Ikpeaku Iwobi also were All-Tournament mentions after they combined for 35 points, 18 and 17 respectively.
With the win, the TexAnns have secured their spot in the NCAA South Central Regional Tournament.