(February 20, 2013) -- The McLennan Highlassies clinched a spot in the Region V Tournament with a 57-52 win over the Hill Lady Rebels Wednesday in Hillsboro.
Hill jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. MCC responded with a 12-0 run to take the 12-3 lead with 13:20 to play in the first half. The Lady Rebels rallied to tie the game at 14. Hill led 23-19 with 4:20 to go in the half. The Highlassies ended the half on a 9-3 run to lead 28-27 at the break.
MCC pulled away in the second half taking the 53-39 lead, the largest of the game, with 5:42 to play. Hill fought back, cutting the lead to five several times in the final seconds but was unable to pull any closer.
Quiana Tucker and Cha'Zaye Wright led the Highlassies with 10 points each.
In men's action, the Highlanders fell to the Rebels 72-53.
MCC struggled early on, allowing Hill to build a 10-point lead at 14-4 with 15:20 to play in the first half. The Highlanders rallied, cutting the lead to four with 8:04 remaining. The Rebels pulled away once again, taking the 33-22 advantage at the break.
The Highlanders cut the lead to seven early in the second half but Hill quickly returned the lead to double-digits and MCC never recovered.
Shawn Prudhomme led the Highlanders with 21 points.
The Highlassies will host Cisco at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Hihglnaders will return to action on Feb. 27, hosting Southwestern Christian at 7:30 p.m.