Plano Wildcats face Cypress Creek in Class 6A girls basketball state semifinals Friday

Coach Rodney Belcher has the Plano Wildcats back in the state girls basketball tournament.

Plano (33-6) draws Cypress Creek (34-4) in the State Class 6A Semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday at San Antonio’s Alamodome.



#AUP Congrats Allen knocks off Killeen Ellison in Boys Basketball Playoffs

Italy, Texas: Allen, led by seniors Jaylon Scott, Jerritt Dixon and Jaylen Walker, beat the Killeen Ellison Eagles, 65-54, Tuesday night in the Boys Basketball playoffs.

Scott pulled down 17 rebounds and scored 20 points in the regional quarterfinal win in the cool Class 2A Italy ISD Multipurpose Center down I-35 between Waco and Dallas-Fort Worth.

Nine of Scott’s points came at the free-throw line. Allen made 15 free throws in a row and ended up scoring 28 points at the free-throw line on the neutral court on 34 attempts.

Dixon scored 11 points, and Walker pumped in 10 points.

Walker came down with five rebounds. Dixon shipped out six assists.

Six of Scott’s key rebounds came on offense.

Allen made a run in the second quarter to take a 34-27 lead into halftime.

Isaiah Stevens and Donovan Parham each scored eight points for Allen. Korey Jones contributed five points. Brenton Mills had three.

Chandler Sutton led Ellison with 15 points.

Ellison (32-5) had won eight straight games before falling to the Allen Eagles. Allen, coached by Jeff McCullough, has now won eight in a row.

The Allen Eagles (31-5) move on to play North Crowley (31-5) in the Regional Tournament at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center (off I-20) on the Coach Robert Hughes basketball court at 6 p.m. on Friday in Fort Worth, Texas.

Afterward, Odessa Permian takes on Denton Guyer in the other regional semifinal Friday night.

The boys regional final will be played in Fort Worth on Saturday.

Allen has made the regional semifinals four times in five seasons.

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

Brian Bearden


Road trip: Allen boys play in Regional Quarterfinals in Italy, Texas, on Tuesday

Regional quarterfinal Basketball playoffs: The Allen Eagles take on Killeen Ellison in the playoffs in the Italy High School gym down I-35 at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Allen beat Duncanville, 56-53, to advance.

Heavy traffic expected: The drive through Dallas traffic could take 90 minutes or longer in rush-hour traffic, especially with rain in the weather forecast. Allow at least two hours or more to get there from Allen for the tipoff.

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Plano Wildcats top No. 1 Duncanville, 60-48, in Regional Basketball Final at Fort Worth

The Plano Wildcats have just knocked off the top-ranked girls basketball team in the state, defeating Duncanville, 60-48, in the Class 6A Region Final at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center in Fort Worth on Saturday afternoon.

The Plano Wildcats (33-6) coached by Rodney Belcher, will be returning to the State Girls Basketball tournament, playing Cypress Creek (34-4) at 7 p.m. next Friday in San Antonio’s Alamodome.

The score on Saturday against Duncanville was tied at 26 points at halftime, before Plano pulled ahead to enter the fourth quarter leading, 42-34.

LoLo Davenport led Plano with 19 points, including nine in the second half.

Jordyn Merritt scored 12, and Zaria Collins added 10 points. Merritt’s defense boosted Plano with five steals.

Plano picked up eight points from Sophie Fleites, six points from Emma Halverson, four from Maggie Robbins and three points from Katie Ferrell, who made five key assists and pulled down seven rebounds.

The Plano Girls also made state in 2000.

In Region III, Temple beat Crosby, 60-40, on Saturday.

Brian Bearden

Story sponsored by Rider Wellness and Chiropractic where Allen and Plano meet at Alma and Hedgcoxe.


5A Regional semifinal: Top-ranked Mansfield Timberview 49, No. 3 Frisco Lone Star 36

Just in from Garland at Class 5A Region II girls basketball semifinal: The top-ranked team in the state Mansfield Timberview needed a late fourth-quarter rally to prevail over Frisco Lone Star, 49-36, on Friday night at the Curtis Culwell Center.

No. 3 Lone Star had its first lead at 17-15 in the second quarter then trailed, 21-18 at halftime.

Mansfield Summit beat Frisco Liberty, 50-27, in the earlier semifinal Friday at the Culwell in Garland.


Plano girls win Regional Semifinal over Frenship, 64-49

Fort Worth, Texas: The Plano Wildcats, led by 24 points from sophomore Jordyn Merritt, won the Class 6A Region Semifinal with a 64-49, win over Frenship at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center on Friday night.

Plano, which employed man-to-man coverage to stop Frenship, takes on top-ranked Duncanville in the girls basketball Region Final at 1 p.m. Saturday in Fort Worth. Duncanville beat No. 9 Arlington Bowie, 65-44, to advance.

Plano senior Katie Ferrell blocked three shots against Frenship.

Wildcats junior Zaria Collins had 11 points for Plano, and freshman Mikayla Eddins posted 10 points.

Plano senior LoLo Davenport sparked the Wildcats with nine points and some big defensive plays in the second half.

Plano’s Ferrell finished with five points, three key assists and five boards. Merritt had seven rebounds, and Collins had five boards.

Maggie Robbins scored five points for the Wildcats.

On Friday, Plano led, 28-25, at halftime, and 47-33 after three quarters.

Plano beat Cedar Hill, 53-43, on Tuesday in the regional quarterfinals at Mesquite Poteet.

Before that the Wildcats won the Area Round, 62-61, in double overtime over DeSoto at Richardson High School.

District champion Plano won Bi-District over Hurst L.D. Bell, 71-64, at Coppell.

Brian Bearden

Story sponsored by Rider Wellness and Chiropractic and Old School Caddie Golf Store


Regional semifinal: Mansfield Summit 50, Frisco Liberty 27

Mansfield Summit’s defense held Frisco Liberty for a 50-27 victory in the Class 5A Region II girls basketball semifinals on Friday in Garland, Texas.

Summit had a 12-point run late with Tommisha Lampkin scoring nine of those points.

Summit led, 38-21, after three quarters. Liberty trailed at halftime, 26-13, after Summit went on a 17-point run.

Summit had a 10-point run in the first quarter, which ended with Liberty behind, 12-4.


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