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How íbout them Cowgirls?  DíHanis earns trip to state; faces Nazareth in Alamodome

The DíHanis Cowgirls swept their two games Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28, winning the Region IV-1A Girls Basketball Tournament at Toney Burger Center in Austin, and earning the programís second trip ever to the UIL State Tournament.

The Cowgirls came from behind to beat Jonesboro, 39-35, on Friday evening, then held off a late charge from Coolidge on Saturday afternoon, to win the region title by a score of 48-46.

DíHanis will now advance to the UIL State Tournament, to be held starting this morning (Thursday). For the first time ever, the state tourney is leaving the Capital City, and is coming to the Alamodome in San Antonio.

The Cowgirls (26-7) will play in the second time slot on Thursday, against Nazareth, the school that dealt them a semifinal loss in 1979, when DíHanis made its only previous trip to the stateís final four. Game time is 10 a.m.

Nazareth comes into the game with a record of 32-2 and is making the schoolís 24th appearance in the state tournament, with 19 state championships. The Region I champion Swiftettes own a record of 32-2 and were ranked #1 in the final Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 1A poll.

DíHanis was #24 in the final poll, which was released on Feb. 16. The Cowgirls, led by second-year head coach Fred McCollum, were 13-1 in District 31-A, and have won their last five games. The teamís last three playoff wins have come by a total of eight points.

In the 8:30 a.m. game on Thursday, Lipan (32-3, #2, Region III champ) will face Garden City (30-4, #7, Region II champ). The winners of the two games will play for the Conference 1A state championship at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 7.

Admission price for each session (two games) is $12. An all-tournament ticket is $75. Tickets are available at the Alamodome box office walk-up window. Parking in Lots B and C at the Alamodome is $15.

The game, and all tournament games except for the Conference 6A final, will be streamed live on FoxSportsSouthwest.com. The 6A final on Saturday night will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest.




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