The Coldspring Trojans could not find an answer for West Orange-Stark’s Richard Netherly and Jamie Smith. The inside duo scored 19 points apiece to lead the Mustangs to a 69-57 victory over the Trojans in the Class 3A Region III championship game Saturday afternoon at Johnson Coliseum.

West Orange-Stark (24-8) will take their 14-game winning streak to the state tournament in Austin — the first appearance in school history — later this week, while Coldspring’s season comes to an end with a record of 23-11.

Netherly, who also scored 19 points in the semifinal win over Madisonville, was named tournament MVP, while Smith’s performance on Saturday earn him a spot on the all-tournament team as well.

Coldspring senior guard Juwann Giddens, who scored 16 points in Friday night’s semifinal upset of No. 5th-ranked Waco La Vega, led the Trojans with 15 points and was selected to the all-tournament team.

The Mustangs got off to a fast start for the second day in a row, scoring the first nine points of the game, and led 20-14 after the first quarter. Coldspring responded, though, with a 7-0 run to start the second quarter, and took a 21-20 lead when junior Ray Parks sank a 3-pointer with 6:20 left in the half. Parks followed up a 12-point performance Friday night with 10 points Saturday.

West Orange-Stark kept its composure, and after regaining the lead at 28-25 went on a 9-1 run to finish the half.

In the third quarter, it was the Trojans who came out on fire. Giddens scored six straight points to pull Coldspring within five at 43-38. Freshman post James Scott made it a one-possession game in the final minute of the half when he made a free throw, missed the second, but grabbed the offensive rebound and scored, trimming West Orange-Stark’s lead to 46-43.

West Orange-Stark, leading 50-45 after three quarters, broke the game open with an 8-0 run over the first two minutes of the fourth.

Madisonville’s Brad Taylor and La Vega’s Jordan Glynn was also named to the all-tournament team.