Some practice time at Alamo Stadium Gymnasium, some rest, and cheering on the Duncanville Pantherettes were Friday’s plans for the Mansfield Timberview girls basketball team.
Then it’s Saturday’s 3 p.m., UIL Class 5A title game against three-time defending champion Canyon (30-3) at the Alamodome.
The Wolves (37-2) already have a victory over Canyon in the regular season, 48-45, at the Mansfield Spring Creek tournament in December.
“We’re going in with a confident mindset, but then again it’s always harder to beat a team two times in a row,” said Timberview All-American guard Chennedy Carter, who had 22 points, four assists, three rebounds and six steals in Thursday’s 66-41 defeat of Corpus Christi Flour Bluff.
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It’s Timberview’s third title-game appearance in as many trips to state. Timberview lost the 2009 Class 4A final to Waco Midway 50-27, but the Wolves beat Frisco Wakeland 55-39 for the 2010 championship.
Canyon is in pursuit of a fourth consecutive state title and 19th overall.
“We’re just going to play hard, play together,” said Carter, who was limited to eight points against Canyon in December. “They’re a great team, honestly. It’s going to be a good game. I feel like it’s going to come down to the wire.”