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By Byrne Bennett
The Record-Times 

Odessa basketball punches ticket to state


Last updated 2/23/2023 at 11:25am

Byrne Bennett | The Record-Times

Odessa senior Ashlyn Neilsen looks to create offense against Republic. Neilsen and the Tigers won two games at Deer Park High School last week to secure a state tournament berth.

DEER PARK – After being eliminated from the district playoffs in its previous three appearances, Odessa finally punched its ticket to the 1B Girls State Basketball Tournament by defeating Republic 48-27 Thursday, Feb. 16 and Wilbur-Creston 55-41 Saturday, Feb. 18 in the District 7 1B Girls Basketball Tournament.

Thursday, it was Republic that played like the team destined for the state tournament to begin the game. Jocelyn Watson and Brooklyn Campbell hit uncontested 3-pointers within the first minute and it appeared as if Republic might oust Odessa from the tournament yet again.

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