Mansfield Timberview fell short in denying Canyon a fourth straight UIL Class 5A girls basketball title when the Eagles rallied to beat the Wolves 47-45 Saturday at the Alamodome.
Canyon (31-3) has won 19 UIL titles in all.
The Wolves (37-3) beat Canyon in the regular season 48-45 at the Mansfield Spring Creek tournament in December.
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.
Timberview All-America guard Chennedy Carter led the Wolves with 18 points, but she fouled out with 2:21 left. “Once were were without our best ball-handler we knew they were coming at us,” Timberview coach Kit Martin said.
The Wolves led 39-32 early in the fourth period, but Carter drew her fourth foul with 7:24 left and the Eagles made their move.
Asked if the fouls weighed on her, Carter said, “No, it didn’t. They did a great job coming back.”
Canyon guard Angel Hayden led the rally with nine points, including 7 of 8 free throws, while teammate McKenzie Taylor scored six points all on layups.
Hayden’s layup with 1:07 left gave Canyon a 46-45 lead. She added a free throw with 12 seconds remaining, and the Wolves missed a game-tying field goal with two seconds left.
“I thought we had some kids that stepped up, got us an opportunity and a decent look at the basket, which is all you can ask for,” Martin said. “We just didn’t get it to go down.”
Lauryn Thompson contributed seven points in the loss, while teammate Taylah Thomas added six points and 10 rebounds. Hayden, the game MVP, recorded 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Taylor had 13 points and eight rebounds.
“It was one of those games where you had to grind it out, keep chipping away, keep getting a little bit closer,” Canyon coach Joe Lombard said. “Storybook ending. Just incredible, our winning four state championships in a row.”
Timberview led 31-24 at halftime and 37-32 after the third quarter.
“My feeling was if we could hold them to the same thing in the second half that they did in the first half, that we would score enough,” Martin said. “That’s where things went awry. We held them to under 48. Some shots just didn’t go down.”