LAQUEY - The No. 2 seeds had it over the No. 1 seeds in the championship games of the Frisco League Tournament Saturday night.
In the boys' championship game on Saturday second-seeded Iberia built a huge first-half lead and held off a rally by top-seeded Licking to win 52-42. And in the girls' title game second-seeded Crocker held on to clip top-seeded Dixon 52-47.
It was the fifth Frisco League Tourney championship for the Crocker girls' squad - and the first since 1986. The Iberia Ranger boys' squad captured the league tournament title for only the second time, the first being in 1996.
Also on Saturday:
In the girls' third-place game third-seeded Licking topped fourth-seeded Laquey 57-42 and in the girls' consolation final fifth-seeded Plato beat sixth-seeded Iberia 52-48.
In the boys' third-place game third-seeded Dixon knocked off fifth-seeded Crocker 77-53 and in the boys' consolation finals ninth-seeded Newburg topped sixth-seeded Laquey 37-34.
Iberia 52, Licking 42
After the two teams split the opening two field goals, the Iberia Rangers went on a 17-0 run, and a putback by 6-2 sophomore Dustin Bloodgood at the 6:00 mark of the second period made it 19-2.
The Iberia would continue into the third quarter. It was 29-6 at halftime and the Rangers upped their lead to a whopping 38-6 by the five-minute mark of the third period.
The Licking Wildcats then settled down and went on a 20-0 run of their own.
And a three-pointer by Licking5-7 senior Garrett Settles at the 5:51 mark of the fourth period trimmed the Iberia edge to 12, 38-26.
Licking would get no closer, however, as the Rangers would go on a 11-3 run to up their lead back to 20 points, which proved to be enough.
Darrien Dickey, a 6-1 junior, scored 18 points to pace Iberia, now 4-0, while 6-9 freshman Dexter Frisbee added 10 points.
Lane Duncan, a 6-1 sophomore, had 13 points and 5-9 junior Nick Harlan 10 for Licking, now 2-1.
Iberia (52): Minnick 1-0-2, Fabien 2-0-4, Dickey 9-0-18, Slawson 2-1-5, Bloodgood 3-1-8, Voss 2-0-5, Frisbee 5-0-10, Totals 24-2-52.
Licking (42): Wade 1-0-2, Hood 1-0-2, Duncan 5-0-13, Harlan 4-2-10, Settles 2-0-6, Kimrey 3-1-7, Butterus 1-0-2, Totals 17-3-42.
Dixon 77, Crocker 53
The Dixon Bulldogs, who were tournament hosts, outscored the Crocker Lions 16-6 in the first period and led the rest of the way. Crocker trimmed its deficit to 29-23 by halftime but Dixon bolted to a 53-34 edge entering the fourth quarter.
Collin Holzer, a 6-0 senior, fired in 27 points while 5-11 sophomore Hayden Yoakum added 12 for Dixon. Dalton York, a 5-9 senior, and sophomore Austin Bogle each had 12 points for Crocker.
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Newburg 37, Laquey 34
In the consolation final Laquey took a 5-3 lead after the first period and Newburg led 16-13 entering intermission. The Wolves took a 23-21 edge into the fourth quarter.
Freshman guard Ryan Ward netted 14 points for Newburg while junior forward Kaleb Robinson added 11 points and senior guard Dylan Sickler 10. Junior Gunner Millar led the Laquey Hornets with 11 points.
Crocker 52, Dixon 47
The Dixon Lady Bulldogs surged to the early lead behind the play of all-state senior guard Hunter Yoakum. The Crocker Lady Lions trailed 18-9 entering the second period.
However, Yoakum picked up her third foul early in the second quarter and went to the bench for the rest of the half.
Crocker responded by outscoring Dixon 18-6 in the second period to take a 27-24 halftime edge.
Yoakum returned to the lineup throughout the second half, but the Lady Lions held on.
A three-point field goal off the left baseline by senior guard Meagan Wall at the 4:35 mark of the third period gave Crocker its largest lead of the quarter, 32-26. Dixon scored four unanswered points to end the quarter and cut the Crocker edge to 35-34 heading in the fourth quarter.
Yoakum converted a three-point play to open the fourth quarter and give the Lady Bulldogs their first lead of the second half. But Crocker freshman Kelsi York drained a three-pointer and senior forward Briana Peterson followed with a driving layup at the 6:02 mark to give Crocker a three-point advantage.
The game was tied 43-43 with 3:36 left. Crocker then won it at the free throw line, hitting 9-of-10 free throws over the final 3:17. Senior guard Jeanna Mendez canned both ends of a one-and-one with :14 remaining to make it a six-point Lady Lion lead.
Peterson scored 12 points - including three 3-pointers - and freshman Delayne Patton added 10 points for Crocker, now 3-0.
Yoakum finished with 22 points and junior Mattie Whitaker added 10 points for Dixon, now 3-1.
Crocker (52): Medlen 1-5-8, Peterson 4-01-12, Mendez 2-2-6, York 1-4-7, Patton 3-1-10, Wall 3-0-9, Totals 14-13-52.
Dixon (47): McMillian 1-0-3, Whitaker 3-4-10, Purcell 3-2-8, Yoakum 10-2-22, Ray 0-2-2, Nelson 1-0-2, Totals 18-10-47.
Licking 57, Laquey 42
The Licking Lady Wildcats led throughout, taking a 15-9 lead after the first quarter and heading into halftime up 34-22. It was 46-33 entering the fourth quarter.
Emily Smith, a 5-9 junior, had 19 points while 6-0 sophomore Bailie Osborne had 14 points and sophomore Megan Smith and Ty Bisker each had 10 points for Licking.
Junior guard Maura Skidmore added 18 points to lead Laquey.
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Plato 52, Iberia 48
The Plato Lady Eagles led 11-4 after the first quarter and clung to a 20-19 edge at halftime. Iberia trailed 35-31 going into the fourth period.
Kaylea Kimrey, a 5-9 sophomore, had 29 points while 5-11 sophomore Lexi McNiel added 10 points for Plato.
Marley Law, a 5-8 senior, had 12 points for the Iberia Lady Rangers.