MANSFIELD, Texas -- The Pflugerville Panthers continue their winning ways at the Mansfield Spring Creek Barbeque Invitational Tournament, as head coach Nancy Walling's squad advanced to the championship game Saturday evening against Flower Mound Marcus. The championship game between Pflugerville (20-2) and Marcus (16-1) takes place at 8:15 p.m. The game will be streamed live via the internet by Premier Basketball Media (PBMtv). The link to the live online telecast can be found HERE.
Pflugerville won their first four tourney games, including a 65-50 victory over No. 6 state-ranked Arlington Bowie in the Saturday afternoon semifinals while Marcus advanced to the title game with a 55-54 win over Mansfield Timberview in its semifinal contest.
The Panthers are ranked No. 7 in the Texas Girls Basketball Coaches 5A state poll and stand No. 16 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) poll. Marcus is No. 4 in the TABC weekly rankings. Bowie, now 13-2, holds the No. 6 spot in the TABC poll.
In earlier tourney action, the Panthers opened play Thursday with a 73-45 win over Crowley. Friday, Pflugerville defeated two state powers, stopping No. 7 ranked North Shore 69-49 before beating No. 5 Cibolo Steele, 67-54, in the quarterfinals.
Pflugerville has had great success as of late at this annual 32-team tourney and is playing in the championship game for the third time in a row. P'ville did not play in last year's tourney as they participated in the KSA Holiday Tournament in Orlando, Florida which it won en route to its 2012 UIL State Tournament semifinal appearance. In 2012, the Panthers earned the Mansfield Invitational crown with a 54-51 victory over Mansfield Timberview; in 2011, the Panthers were Invitational runnerup.