Hannah Zientek

Cooper forward Hannah Zientek scored 7 points in the fourth quarter Thursday to help the Lady Pirates rally past Palo Duro for a 43-34 victory in a District 3-5A tiebreaker game.

DIMMITT -- Lubbock-Cooper had plenty left in the tank when the fourth quarter arrived Thursday against Palo Duro. As a result of a sprint to the finish line vs. the Lady Dons, Cooper is headed back to the Class 5A playoffs.

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The Lady Pirates surged back from behind to top Palo Duro 43-34 in District 3-5A tiebreaker, scoring 20 points in the fourth quarter. Hannah Zientek scored 7 points and Calyn Dallas drained a pair of 3-pointers to anchor the comeback for LCP.

The Lady Dons (15-18) grabbed a 26-23 lead heading into the final period after the teams were nip-and-tuck up to that point. But the Lady Pirates grabbed control behind Zientek and Dallas and were just consistent enough at the free-throw line down the stretch to secure their third victory this season against PD.

Cooper’s victory nailed down one of the two remaining playoff spots from District 3-5A. The Lady Pirates (18-17) will take on Plainview at 4 p.m. Friday back in Dimmitt. A victory in that game sends LCP to the postseason as the No. 3 seed.

Zientek finished with 13 points to lead the Lady Pirates and Dallas notched 12, all on treys.

District 3-5A tiebreaker | Game 1

LUBBOCK-COOER 43, PALO DURO 34

Palo Duro     7     7    12    8   --   34

Cooper          8   10     5   20   --  43

Cooper (43) -- Calyn Dallas 4 0-0 12, Catalina Cortez 1 0-0 2, Avrie Douglas 1 3-4 5, Maddie Heinrich 1 0-0 3, Autumn Moore 0 4-8 4, Niyah Thompson 1 1-2 3, Hannah Zientek 5 3-6 13. Totals 13 11-18 43.

Palo Duro (34) -- Allea Miller 1 1-4 4, Kiara Green 2 2-2 6, Sh’Heniece Matthews 1 0-0 3, Halima Salat 3 0-0 8, Lashonda Stiger 3 0-0 7, Leyla Wright 2 2-4 6. Totals 12 5-11 34.

3-point goals -- Cooper 6 (Dallas 4, Thompson 1, Moore); Palo Duro 5 (Stiger 2, Salat 2, Miller 1). Total fouls -- Cooper 13, Palo Duro 18. Fouled out -- Green. Records: Palo Duro 15-18, Cooper 17-16. Up next: District 3-5A tiebreaker Game 2 -- Cooper vs. Plainview, 6 p.m. Friday at Dimmitt HS.