Averaging 52 points a game this season, Brock was held to its lowest output in nearly three months as the Eagles lost to Mount Vernon, 46-37, in the Class 3A state semifinals Thursday at the Alamodome.
Mount Vernon (27-9) meets Marlin (32-8) in the 3A final at 10 a.m. Saturday. Brock (32-7) was making its 22nd UIL state tournament appearance, and seeking a ninth championship.
"They were a good team, a solid team all the way around," Brock senior guard Mia Cherry said of the Tigers. "We just didn’t execute very well."
Tied 12-all in the second period, Mount Vernon went on a 12-0 run that was all 3-pointers — three from Annie Coffey and one by Samantha Lowry. Mount Vernon led 32-16 at the half.
“Credit to them, they really played a great game today," said Brock coach Shawna Lavender. "When you leave them open looks like that — we knew they could shoot the 3 and we gave them some easy looks out there — and they knocked them down."
Brock twice cut the deficit to nine points after intermission, including the final score, but Mount Vernon's solid outside shooting touch — 8 of 15 from 3-point range — was too much to overcome. Brock was 2 of 16 from behind the arc.
Mount Vernon got 14 points apiece from Coffey and post Alissa Hill. Brock was led by 10 points from senior post Emilee Popeck. Senior guard Rylee Lavender contributed nine points and three rebounds.
"This team accomplished more than anyone thought," Rylee Lavender said. "We’re all crying and we’re sad, but it’s not because we lost. It’s because we’re all family and we’re all seniors. It’s our last game."