A slow Clear Springs start allowed Richmond George Ranch to hang around the game until the fourth quarter Tuesday night at Pearland High School, but the Chargers held off the Lady Longhorns in the fourth quarter to pull out a 48-40 win and advance to the second round of the 6A Region III-6A playoffs.
Senior Taylor Singleton scored 18 points, and senior Dymond Gladney scored 16 points to lead the chargers.
Leading by only one point headed into the fourth quarter, 31-30, the Chargers were in need of some clutch plays to fend off George Ranch.
To start things off, Singleton started the quarter with a monstrous block, setting the tone for the Chargers defense.
Trailing, 32-31, McKenna Worrell crashed the boards after a missed field goal and got the put-back for a 33-32 lead.
Tied 33-33 with 5:10 left in the game, the Chargers went on a free throw-aided 9-0 run, with Gladney sinking five free throws and dishing out an great assist to Worrell for an easy basket in the paint, leading to a 42-33 advantage with 2:46 left.
Back-to-back buckets by George Ranch cut the lead to 42-37 with just over 1:30 left.
After another free throw by Gladney, Singleton had another highlight-reel rejection leading to another clutch bucket by Worrell, and the Chargers put the game away for good with a 45-37 lead with one minute left.
The Chargers outscored the Lady Longhorns, 17-10, in the fourth quarter, in total.
While Gladney was struggling in the first half, Singleton scored seven points in the second quarter to keep the Chargers in the game, turning a 14-7 deficit into an 18-18 tie at halftime.
The Chargers advance to the second round to play Humble Summer Creek at a time, date and place to be determined.