Almost a year’s worth of basketball tune-up games are done.
The Mansfield Timberview girls have advanced to a second consecutive UIL Class 5A championship game after routing Kerrville Tivy 62-43 in a Thursday semifinal at the Alamodome.
In last year’s final, the Wolves lost to Canyon by two points after leading by seven in the fourth period. On Saturday, one day shy of a full year later, Timberview (40-2) meets Amarillo (39-2) in the championship game at 3 p.m.
“Well, everybody brings it up so, yeah,” Timberview coach Kit Martin said. “We don’t talk about it for very long, but obviously it has been burning in out guts since last March.
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“It feels like yesterday that it happened, and when I walked back in everything flooded back to me and I know that [the girls] feel the same way. We’re here to try to redo the scenario from last year and take advantage of great opportunity. I know we’re going to have a heck of a road with which ever team we have to face, no matter what.”
The Wolves needed barely two minutes to build a 10-2 lead on the Antlers (33-7). That advantage grew to 21-10 by the end of the first period, and 31-13 at halftime.
“We need that pace, we thrive on that pace,” Martin said. “We started with a little bit of pressure, not all out pressure, but we did get some things we wanted.”
Timberview senior forward Lauryn Thompson had a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) by intermission. She finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Junior guard Destiny Jackson also scored 15, while teammates Kennedy Wilson and N’Denasija Collins contributed 10 each.
“Because we didn’t come out how we wanted last year,” said Jackson, “it motivated us to play hard [this] season so we can come out where we wanted.”
Timberview led by as much as 25 points twice in the second half.
“I honestly can say we have not played a team that athletic and quick,” said Tivy guard Charli Becker, who led the Antlers with 14 points. “They’re very strong and very competitive.”