DFW Girls Basketball: UIL State Preview

DFW Girls Basketball: UIL State Preview
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Here we are. State Week for both the UIL boys and girls basketball seasons. The first two days of State are reserved for the girls' side of things, and that is where we will start.

Let's get into it.

6A State Championship

Time: 7 p.m.
Date: Thursday, March 11
Location: Alamodome (San Antonio)

It's No. 1 vs. No. 2.

After all the games, all the upsets, the Top 2 ranked teams (TABC rankings) in the state meet for the right to hoist the 6A State Championship trophy. When the season started, many of prognosticators had penned in this matchup for the title.

Both DeSoto and Cypress Creek are looking for their first state titles in program history with each program having been to this spot twice before. In the last two years, each of these teams have appeared in the State Championship, only to fall a game short of the ultimate dream - DeSoto in 2019; Cypress Creek in 2020.

For DeSoto, it has a lot of quality wins this year, including beating 11-time state champ Duncanville three times and downing TAPPS juggernaut Bishop Lynch. DeSoto's only losses were to an out-of-state team and a forfeit to Cedar Hill due to an altercation that unfolded in those team's first meeting in district play.

For Cypress Creek, it is looking to finish off an undefeated season, which would be the first time that has happened since Duncanville in 2016. Cypress Creek was 41-0 last year heading into the State Championship before losing to Duncanville.

DeSoto TEAM Cypress Creek
2 STATE RANK 1
27-2 RECORD 32-0
W7 STREAK W32
2 (2019) STATE APPEARANCES
(MOST RECENT)
2 (2020)
0 STATE TITLES
(MOST RECENT)
0
67 BIGGEST WIN 77
63.3 POINTS SCORED
PER GAME
76.3
32.6 POINTS ALLOWED
PER GAME
33.8
PLAYOFF JOURNEY
Killeen Shoemaker(69-18)
BI-DISTRICT Houston Lamar(109-38)
Tyler Legacy (65-26) AREA Katy Cinco Ranch(67-29)
Garland Sachse(56-23) REGIONAL
QUARTERFINALS
#14 Houston Heights(59-31)
#12 Langham Creek(74-41) REGIONAL
SEMIFINALS
Humble Summer Creek(70-41)
#3 Duncanville(52-39) REGIONAL
FINALS
#11 Alvin Shadow Creek(61-50)
#4 South Grand Prairie(63-52)STATE
SEMIFINALS
#7 Converse Judson(55-34)

5A State Championship

Time: 7 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, March 11
Location: Alamodome (San Antonio)

It's hard to call a defending state champion a "Cinderella story," but that's kind of where we are. A lot of the 2019-20 Frisco Liberty team returned but the team only finished third in 9-5A behind state-ranked Frisco Lone Star and Frisco Memorial.

Through a strong defensive mindset, Liberty is back at the State Championship game - marking its third straight trip to the finals.

In meeting Cedar Park - the state's No. 1-ranked team - it will be a contrast of styles. Cedar Park averages nearly 30 more points a game than Frisco Liberty while holding opponents to the low 30s. Not counting four straight forfeit wins, Cedar Park hasn't played a game inside of 10 points since a 60-53 win over Austin Lake Travis on November 20. Compared that to Liberty, which has played in four of its playoff games decided by seven points or less.

Frisco Liberty TEAM Cedar Park
Unranked STATE RANK 1
22-8 RECORD 26-1
W6 STREAK W24
3 (2020) STATE APPEARANCES
(MOST RECENT)
0
1(2020) STATE TITLES
(MOST RECENT)
0
44 BIGGEST WIN 61
39.0 POINTS SCORED
PER GAME
68.8
29.7 POINTS ALLOWED
PER GAME
31
PLAYOFF JOURNEY
McKinney North(29-27)
BI-DISTRICT Kerville Tivy(58-22)
Carrollton Smith(67-23) AREA San Antonio Highlands(92-44)
#21 Frisco Memorial(33-28) REGIONAL
QUARTERFINALS
Comal Canyon(61-40)
North Forney(49-30) REGIONAL
SEMIFINALS
#6 CC Veterans Memorial(61-39)
#12 Wylie East(39-32)
REGIONAL
FINALS
#5 Georgetown(44-12)
#8 Lubbock Cooper(39-37) STATE
SEMIFINALS
#15 Beaumont United(75-51)