No. 4 Edna Karr led by as many as 16 points early in the fourth quarter, then escaped with a 56-54 victory over No. 13 Carencro in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs Monday.
Karr (22-7) advances to the quarterfinals and will host No. 5 Bastrop.
The Cougars’ ticket to the quarterfinals didn’t come until Carencro’s Ava Jones’ desperation shot as time expired missed.
Karr led 45-29 early in the fourth before Carencro (17-8) started clawing back. Karr’s lead slipped to 56-53 with 36 seconds left and then the Cougars were called for an intentional foul (on an inbounds pass) with two seconds left. Jada Taylor made one of two free throws before Jones’ missed what would have been the game-tying basket.
Karr could have sealed it down the stretch but missed five straight free throws in the final minute.
But Karr did enough in the second and third quarter to build enough cushion.
Johnson led Karr with 14 points. Paige Williams scored nine points and Imani Mulmore and Destiny Collins scored eight points each.
Jones scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Bears. Chrissy Brown chipped in 12 points and Jakaylon Fils had nine on three 3-pointers.