Cedar Park vs. Frisco Memorial basketball state championship


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It was an ugly game between Frisco Memorial and Cedar Park in the UIL Class 5A state championship game, but Cedar Park got the job done to successfully defend its title on Saturday at the Alamodome.

Memorial had its best season in program history with its first trip to the state tournament, but the Warriors failed to score in the second overtime as Cedar Park won 45-40.

The Timberwolves finished with a perfect 37-0 record. They became the 25th undefeated state champion in UIL girls basketball history.

Gruver (33-0) became the 24th to do so earlier on Saturday in the 2A final.

Memorial and Cedar Park were tied at 35 at the end of regulation and 40 after the first overtime. Gisella Maul gave Cedar Park a 37-35 lead with a layup to begin the first overtime. Memorial grabbed a one-point lead after a Jordan Conerly three. Maul made two free throws and Memorial led again, 40-39 on a Jasmyn Lott free throw.

But Lott picked up her fifth foul and was sent to the bench on the next possession. Maul only made 1 of 2 at the line to tie the game at 40 and the Warriors failed to make the go-ahead basket as time expired.

Lott finished with 21 points on 10 of 20 shooting and six rebounds. The Warriors struggled in extra time, shooting just 2 of 14 in the two extra frames. They also committed five fouls.

Memorial, which beat Amarillo in Thursday’s state semifinal, led 7-5 after the first quarter, but the game was tied at 18-all during intermission. Cedar Park took a two-point lead after the third.

There were four ties in the fourth quarter, but neither team scored in the final 3 1/2 minutes.

Lott hit two layups to tie the game at 29 and 31. Falyn Lott gave the Warriors a 33-31 lead with 4:31 to go. Shelby Hayes tied it 17 seconds later. Jasmyn Lott put Memorial ahead 35-33 and Megan Woods tied it for Cedar Park.

There were five missed shots and four turnovers combined in the final minutes of the fourth.

Falyn Lott and Conerly scored six points each for Memorial. Cedar Park was led by Maul’s 27 points on 8 of 19 shooting and 19 rebounds. Hayes added 12 points.

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.

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