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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.
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.
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
The Plano Wildcats are making a historic run in the state girls high school basketball playoffs, stealing the ball a dozen times to advance with a 53-43 victory over Cedar Hill on Tuesday in Mesquite in the regional quarterfinals.
Cedar Hill led, 21-20, at halftime.
The Plano Wildcats play next against Frenship on Friday. The regional semifinal basketball playoff will be on the south side of Fort Worth off I-20 at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.
Senior Emma Halverson led Plano with four steals, 10 rebounds and 15 points.
Plano sophomore Jordyn Merritt scored 16 points against Cedar Hill.
Sophie Fleites had 10 points including a big 3-pointer in the second half. Katie Ferrell scored eight in the win.
Junior Zaria Collins came up big on defense with four steals and added two points. Mikayla Eddins also had two points.
The Wildcats hope to have back senior LoLo Davenport against Frenship.
Today’s story sponsored by Rider Wellness and Chiropractic at Alma and Hedgcoxe.