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Neches girls win 3rd straight state championship

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Senior guard Roddricka Patton scored 31 points, leading Neches to its third consecutive girls' Class 1A Division II state championship Saturday night with a 60-41 win over Lipan.

The diminutive but dynamic Patton ran circles around Lipan's defense for driving layups.

She also stepped out for all three of her team's 3-pointers and went 14 of 18 from the free throw line.

Patton starred in all three of Neches' championship seasons and came into this year's tournament averaging a triple-double in points, rebounds and assists.

She concentrated on scoring in the final and equaled Lipan's entire team through three quarters.

She scored 23 points as Neches (34-5) took a 44-23 lead into the fourth.

Shauna Coleman scored 18 points and Zully Martinez scored 16 for Lipan (34-4).

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