Mansfield Summit 50, Frisco Liberty 27
After Liberty got as close as 28-21 late in the third quarter, Summit went into another gear and finished the game on a 22-6 run to advance to Saturday's Class 5A Region II final.
"We came out of halftime and were a little careless with the basketball so I called a timeout and we talked about taking care of the ball and what we were executing from the first half, and the girls just locked back in," Summit coach Dawn Mailloux-Smith said.
Summit (26-12) was up seven before sophomore post Tommisha Lampkin was fouled after making a layup to push the lead back to double digits. Sophomore guard Lindsey Claude nailed a corner 3-pointer and the Jaguars took a 38-21 lead into the fourth.
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Lampkin finished with 20 points and eight rebounds. Senior guard Tamera Derrough added 13 points.
The Jaguars forced 10 turnovers and held Liberty to 11 of 46 shooting including just 3 of 18 from the 3-point line.
"I can't complain about our defensive effort for the most part," Mailloux-Smith said. "We focused on defense all year long and tried to be one of the best in the area."
The Redhawks (25-13), who was attempting to get to the regional final for the third consecutive year, trailed 19-4 in the first half before ending a near seven-minute scoring drought with 2:30 left before the break.
Liberty was led by junior guard Kelsey Kurak, who scored eight points.
Mansfield Timberview 49, Frisco Lone Star 36
It will be an all-Mansfield school district regional final on Saturday with the winner going to next week's state tournament in San Antonio.
No. 1 Timberview led 33-31 entering the fourth quarter and shut down No. 3 Lone Star in the final frame to advance to Saturday's matchup with Summit, noon at the Curtis Culwell Center.
"We have the upmost respect for Summit and what they've done this year and all the marbles are one the table," Timberview coach Kit Martin said. "It is nice to know that no matter what happens, we'll have a Mansfield ISD school going to the state tournament."
The Rangers (34-5) went ahead 34-33 early in the fourth after an and-1 opportunity from junior guard Adryana Quezada, but the Wolves would finish out the game with a 16-2 run.
Senior guard Destiny Jackson also made good use of a 3-point play to give Timberview a 36-33 lead with 5:47 left and the Wolves never trailed again.
Jackson scored nine points and added six rebounds. Senior post Lauryn Thompson led the team with 14 points and seven boards.
Timberview (38-2) led 12-8 after the first quarter. Lone Star took a 17-15 lead in the second, but the Wolves were able to go into half in front 21-18.
"We're a very confident team and they believe they're going to win," Martin said. "They know someone is going to make the next shot, get the next rebound."
Quezada led the Rangers with a game-high 19 points.
Canyon 34, Colleyville Heritage 33
State champions find ways to win the close games.
Canyon (30-3) remains in the hunt for a 20th UIL state basketball title after edging out Colleyville Heritage 34-33 at Western Texas College in Snyder during a Class 5A Region I semifinal game.
The Eagles, winners of four-straight state championships, trailed the Panthers 13-9 after the first quarter, but held Heritage scoreless in the second quarter to take a 10-point lead at halftime.
Heritage (27-11), which made the trip to Snyder for the second-straight year, returned the favor in the third quarter, holding Canyon to one point. The Panthers led 25-24 after three quarters.
Canyon extends its playoff winning streak to 32 games.
Heritage senior forward Bryn Gerlich ends a terrific high school career. Gerlich, who's signed to play at Oklahoma State, finishes with over 2,400 career points and nearly 1,000 field goals made.
Amarillo 55, Saginaw Boswell 37
The Pioneers best playoff run since 1993 came to an end in the Class 5A Region I semifinals in Snyder.
Amarillo (37-2) plays Canyon in the regional final, 2 p.m. Saturday.
Boswell (35-5) scored just five points in the first quarter and trailed 26-16 at the half.