Mansfield Timberview fans should start making plans for the trip to San Antonio – the Wolves are headed back to the UIL girls basketball state tournament.
The No. 1 team in Class 5A, according to Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, trailed just once – 2-0 – before beating school district rival Summit 54-32 to win the Region II final on Saturday at the Curtis Culwell Center.
Timberview (39-2) clinches its second-straight state tournament berth.
The Wolves, who finished second to Canyon in last year’s state final, will play in a state semifinal game, at 7 or 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, along with Amarillo (38-2), Temple (31-5) and Kerrville Tivy (33-6).
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“As soon as our seniors graduated last year, everyone was wondering how good Timberview was going to be,” coach Kit Martin said. “It was something we could feed off of. We have the ability to step up and repeat what we did last year and hopefully get the gold this time.”
After the Jaguars got the first basket off an offensive putback by sophomore Tommisha Lampkin, the Wolves finished the quarter with a 17-2 run.
Timberview didn’t let up, holding Summit to six points in the second quarter to take a 35-10 lead into halftime.
Summit shot 4 of 20 including 3 of 17 inside the arc.
“We wanted to put some pressure on them and I think our kids did a tremendous job,” Martin said.
The Wolves won the season series against Summit with winning margins of 25 and 16 points.
But Summit reached the regional final for the second time in three years, when few thought the Jaguars would still be playing in late February.
“We surprised a lot of people for being here,” coach Dawn Mailloux-Smith said.
The Jaguars, who move up to 6A next season, defeated Frisco Liberty in Friday’s semifinal.
Lampkin recorded six points, six rebounds and three steals on Saturday. Sophomore Lindsey Claude also scored six.
“I don’t really think anybody paid much attention to us or what we were doing or thought we’d be in the mix this year, so I am proud of my team that they fought to get here and to have a chance to play in the regional final to get to the state tournament,” Mailloux-Smith said.
Timberview’s defense just over-matched Summit on Saturday.
Summit cut it to 8-4 in the first quarter, but the Wolves went on an 11-0 run to go up 19-4 with 6:26 left in the second.
On the next possession, Summit junior Madison Davis collected a 3-point play, but that was the last free-throw attempt by the Jaguars, who went 1 of 3.
That was at the six-minute mark of the second quarter.
With a 25-point lead to start the third, Timberview didn’t let up and led by as much as 47-15 on a basket by junior Mikayla Hutchinson, who scored a game-high 12.
“It was 0-0. The first half didn’t matter,” senior Destiny Jackson said. “All that mattered was the last two quarters. You win those and you win the game.”
Jackson recorded nine points, five rebounds and a game-high seven assists.
Senior Lauryn Thompson, who has signed with Virginia Commonwealth, added eight points, five boards, three steals and three blocks.
“We wanted to keep it going,” Thompson said. “We didn’t even care about the score at halftime. We knew Summit was going to come out hard so we had to come harder.”
Timberview shot 22 of 44 from the field. Summit was 13 of 49.
The Wolves, who recorded 13 steals, also got 11 points from junior N’Denasija Collins and eight from junior Kennedy Wilson.
“We’re a hard team to match up with. You have to focus on who to stop and we have someone else step up and score,” Martin said. “We’re really good defensively – I’m proud of this group.”