BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor watched Clif Carroll build fellow American Southwest Conference member Sul Ross State into a perennial league contender over the last five years.

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Mary Hardin-Baylor’s football field houses and adjacent practice fields — usually bustling with activity this time of year — are eerily quiet. The clanging of weights and the sounds of spring drills are replaced by silence as the school waits out the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

SAN ANTONIO — Locked in a close battle through the first 28½ minutes Friday evening, Mary Hardin-Baylor used a 40-second stretch late in the third quarter to shake free and advance to the second round of the women’s NCAA Division III Tournament for the second straight year.

BELTON — There’s one more thing Kendall Rollins would like to do before her college basketball career ends this month. But as far as the list of things she set out to accomplish four years ago, the final box was checked last week when Mary Hardin-Baylor won the American Southwest Conference championship.

From here on out, she’s playing with house money.