State Tournament: Plano Wildcats win state semifinal, face Converse Judson in championship game

San Antonio, Texas: Led by forward Jordyn Merritt and guard Zaria Collins scoring 16 points each, Plano out-hustled Cypress Creek to win the State Semifinal, 64-53, on Friday night. The victory sends Plano to the final for the second time.

Maggie Robbins came up with four key steals to stop Cypress Creek (34-5). She scored five points and had an assist.

LoLo Davenport contributed eight rebounds and 14 points for the Wildcats. Six of her rebounds were on the offensive boards. Guard Katie Ferrell and Davenport each blocked a shot.

Ferrell pulled down six rebounds, including five on defense. Ferrell made six assists and scored six points.

CyCreek made five 3-pointers on 10 tries. Robbins and guard Sophie Fleites nailed 3-pointers for Plano, which made 2 of 13 attempts.

Fleites made both of her two free-throw attempts and finished with five points. Fleites had three assists, three rebounds and one of Plano’s 13 steals.

Plano led, 20-13, after the first quarter, and 28-20 at halftime. In the first half, Collins scored nine points, Merritt had six and Davenport had five points and five rebounds. Three of the steals by Robbins came in the first half.

In the third quarter, Plano outscored CyCreek, 19-18, to carry a 47-38, lead into the fourth quarter.

Game highlights: Forward Emma Halverson finished with an assist, four rebounds and two points. Merritt finished the game with five rebounds. … Mikayla Eddins had one steal.

Cypress Creek guard Rori Harmon made 4-of-5 from 3-point range to lead the Cougars with 23 points. Harmon scored 21 of her 23 points in the second half. CyCreek center Tania Sims finished with 12 points after scoring eight in the opening half.

The Plano girls (34-6) play Converse Judson (34-4) at 8:30 p.m. Saturday for the 6A State Championship at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Judson’s Rockets defeated the Sachse Mustangs, 71-66, Friday, and will be making their first trip to the state final. Sachse finished at 30-8.

Scouting report; Judson had five players score in double figures against Sachse with forward Desiree Lewis scoring 20 points and gathering four steals, one blocked shot and 16 rebounds (11 on offense). … Judson guard Corina Carter made four 3-pointers and guard Kyra White pumped in three.

Plano will have to find a way to get past forward Heaven Mbaruk, who had two steals, three blocks and nine rebounds (8 on defense). Mbaruk made 4-of-5 free throws.

Judson guard Tiffany McGarity had four steals and three assists.

Brian Bearden

Story sponsored by Rider Wellness Chiropractic and Cody Johnson Physical Therapy in Allen (Alma and Hedgcoxe).

Plano box score from UIL


PCA basketball season ends at TAPPS State Semifinals

Boys basketball: Tomball Concordia went on to win the TAPPS 6A boys basketball championship over Houston St. Pius X, 70-48, on Friday at West (Texas) High School after topping Prestonwood one day earlier.

In the TAPPS boys 6A state semifinals in West, Texas, St. Pius X defeated Parish Episcopal, 68-64, and Concordia beat Prestonwood, 86-74, Thursday.

Girls basketball: On Saturday afternoon, Bishop Lynch (28-7) takes on Parish Episcopal (30-7) in the TAPPS Girls 6A championship in West at 4 p.m.

In the girls semifinals, Bishop Lynch edged San Antonio Incarnate Word, 67-64. Parish Episcopal won over Prestonwood,

Allen Eagles advance to 6A Regional Boys Basketball Finals against rival Denton Guyer

Fort Worth – Allen found a way to rally in the second half to beat North Crowley for a 73-67 victory in the Class 6A Region I Semifinals on Friday night at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.

North Crowley led by 10 in the third quarter but couldn’t stop four Eagles from finishing in double figures in points. Allen’s Brenton Mills scored 14 points, including four of Allen’s 10 🏀 three-pointers.

Isaiah Stevens finished with 13 points. Jaylen Walker scored 12, and Jerritt Dixon had 11. The Eagles sank 19 free throws in the win.

Grant Sherfield scored 27 points to lead North Crowley.

The Eagles basketball team 🏀 has reached the regional semifinal round four times in last five seasons.

For Allen, Jordan Neely scored eight points, Korey Jones 6, Jaylon Scott 5, Donovan Parham 3 and Cameron Mann one point.

Allen led, 25-16, going into the second quarter but was held to seven points and went into halftime down, 37-32.

Allen outscored North Crowley, 23-12, in the third quarter to enter the fourth quarter ahead, 55-49.

Rivals meet again: Allen (32-5) faces top-ranked Denton Guyer (38-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Fort Worth in the regional final game.

Guyer ended a 23-game win steak for Odessa Permian, winning the semifinal, 58-48, on Friday.

USA Today ranks Guyer 11th in the country.

Scouting report: Allen will have to stop Guyer’s fast-breaking dunk scoring De’Vion Harmon, who scored 18 against Permian (31-4).

Allen is back in the region final for the third time. If Allen wins Saturday, the Eagles basketball team will be back in the state tournament for the second time.

Guyer has two wins in district against Allen this basketball season. Allen fell by seven and 24 points. Guyer put up an 82-75 win and a 83-59 victory.

Allen entered the playoffs ranked 10th in the state. Guyer is ranked No. 1 and is going to to region final for the first time in basketball.

Saturday’s game starts at 1 p.m.

Drivers from Allen might want to leave by 11 a.m. Saturday to have plenty of time to get to Wilkerson-Greines, on the south side of Fort Worth off I-20.

Brian Bearden


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