The Memorial High School girls basketball team's debut at the UIL State Tournament was a winner. Playing against perennial powerhouse Amarillo on Thursday night, the Warriors showed that they are now among the elite with a 59-48 victory at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Memorial (37-5) dominated the second half against Amarillo (32-6) to earn a spot in the 5A state title game Saturday at 3 p.m. The Warriors will play defending 5A champion Cedar Park, which beat Frisco Liberty in the championship game last year and has won 61 consecutive games.
Memorial trailed Amarillo 26-23 at halftime but took control in the third quarter, led by point guard Jasmyn Lott. The senior finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Her younger sister, Falyn Lott, scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Brynn Lusby added 10 points and Angelica Alexander hit a trio of 3-pointers for her nine points.
Memorial, which opened in 2018, will play in its first state title game. But this will be the fourth straight year that a Frisco ISD team will play for the girls basketball state title. Liberty was state runner-up in 2019, state champion in 2020 and state runner-up last year. Memorial beat Liberty in this year's regional final, and Warriors coach Rochelle Vaughn said the caliber of competition in Frisco ISD helped get her team to the state final.
"We believe we have the toughest district in the state," she said.
Good luck in the championship, Warriors!
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