Sophomore guard Rylee Lavender scored 16 points as the Brock Eagles defeated Little River Academy 53-31 in a UIL girls Class 3A semifinal Thursday at the Alamodome.
The Eagles will go for their ninth state title when they play Wall at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Brock (34-4) shot 60 percent Thursday, hitting 21 of 35 attempts from the field. Defensively, Brock held Little River Academy (32-7) to 30 percent shooting and won the rebounding battle 27-17.
Tied 8-8 late in the first period, Lavender started a 7-0 run for a 15-8 lead with 5:47 left in the second quarter.
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Brock gradually extended its lead, which reached 48-20 with 5:19 left in the game.
Little River Academy went 1 of 14 on 3-point attempts in a desperate bid to rally.
Brock senior guard Trisha Jacobs added 11 points. Kenidi White had 10 points for Little River Academy, making its first state appearance since 1952.
Last season, Brock had a string of six straight UIL state tournament trips snapped in the third round of the playoffs by eventual champion Sunnyvale. Players said that served as a driving force this season.
“It was a lot of motivation,” senior forward Allie Popeck said. “We started working the week after we lost. We got closer and got better. We’re a team.”
Wall 60, San Antonio Cole 40: Maddi Chitsey scored 19 points for Wall in the other 3A semifinal.
Wall jumped out to a 16-5 lead in the first quarter and pulled away. Wall finished with 16 assists and made seven of 11 3-pointers. The Hawks also won the rebounding battle 29-21 and never trailed.
Chitsey added five assists and seven rebounds, while Macy Gully added 12 points for Wall (33-4).
Dalesia Booth had 15 points for San Antonio Cole (37-4) in its first state tournament appearance.