PHOTO / MISHELL LYNCH
floats a shot for a first half bucket in the Cowgirls’ 39-35
regional semifinal win over Jonesboro on Friday night. They
outlasted Coolidge on Saturday, 48-46, to earn a trip to state.
D’Hanis earns spot in 1A girls’ state tourney...
Austin -- They didn’t need a buzzer-beating layup the way
they did in their regional quarterfinal matchup last Tuesday, but
the D’Hanis Cowgirls seem to have mastered the art of winning
the close one.
The Cowgirls pulled off a four-point win over Jonesboro on
Friday night, Feb. 27, then followed that with a two-point win
over Coolidge on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 28, in the Austin ISD’s
Burger Center, to win the Region IV-1A championship, and earn a
trip to the University Interscholastic League’s State Basketball
D’Hanis, 27-6 on the season, will face defending state
champion Nazareth (32-2) in the state semifinals Thursday, March
5, at 10:00 in San Antonio’s Alamodome.
In the first 1A state semifinal, Lipan will take on Garden City
at 8:30 a.m.
The Cowgirls earned a 39-35 win over Jonesboro in the regional
semifinals Friday night, and did it by hitting some long-range
bombs to open the second half.
D’Hanis trailed the Eagles, 18-14 at the half, but the first
four scores of the third period were all Cowgirl three-pointers.
Mallory McCollum and Crysta Salazar, who had both been shut out in
the first half, hit two treys each to give the Cowgirls a 26-18
Jonesboro still had a little firepower left as well, scoring
the next eight points to tie the game, which then went to the
fourth quarter knotted at 29.
The lead changed hands a couple of times in the final period
before the D’Hanis defense shut down Jonesboro and finished off
Salazar was the only Cowgirl to finish in double figures, with
11 points. McCollum, Shelby Gayre and Sarah Craft totaled nine,
eight and seven points.
In the earlier regional semifinal on Friday, Coolidge had
defeated Leggett, 63-39.
Saturday at noon, the Cowgirls held on late to claim a 48-46
win in the regional finals. D’Hanis jumped on Coolidge for a
quick 10-point lead, 18-8, at the end of a quarter. They extended
that to 33-22 by halftime. The Cowgirls went extremely cold in the
third period, but the Lady Jackets didn’t take full advantage of
their opportunity. While D’Hanis scored only three points,
Coolidge managed only eight, to cut the margin down to six points
Twice in the late stages of the game, Coolidge cut the Cowgirls’
lead down to a single point, but on both occasions, D’Hanis kept
the lead and held on to win by two.
Craft, who had the hot hand all game long, scored 18 points in
the Cowgirls’ region-clinching victory, with 12 from McCollum,
and eight from Salazar, all in the first period. Morgan Lynch
D’Hanis has made one other trip to the UIL State Tournament,
in 1979, when the Cowgirls ran into eventual state champ Nazareth
in the Class B semifinals at the University of Texas’ Special
Events Center (later renamed the Frank Erwin Center). That was the
first year that girls’ high school basketball in Texas featured
the current 5-on-5 format.
Since their first state title in 1976, Nazareth has won 19
girls’ state championships, more than any other team -- boys or
girls -- in Texas history.