After taking down one state powerhouse in the regional final, Frisco Memorial took down another during its first trip to the UIL state tournament.
Plus the moment wasn’t too big for the Warriors.
The Warriors shot a whopping 60% from the field (24-40) and leading scorer Jasmyn Lott dropped 24 points as they defeated the Sandies, 59-48, in a Class 5A state semifinal on Thursday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Memorial (37-5) will play for the 5A state title against undefeated defending champ Cedar Park (36-0) at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Lott flirted with a triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. She shot 9 of 16 from the field.
Amarillo (32-6), which won a UIL state championship in 2018 and 2019, trailed after the first quarter, but held Memorial to 10 second-quarter points to go into intermission with a 26-23 lead.
The Sandies upped the lead to 28-24 on a Briley Barnes layup with 6:42 left in the third quarter. Lott hit one of her two three-pointers to cut the deficit to 28-27 and Lott added a layup while being fouled on Memorial’s next possession.
The free throw was missed, but the Warriors led 29-28 with 5:47 left in the quarter. Amarillo made the next two baskets followed by a make from Falyn Lott to tie the game at 32. Memorial had trailed 32-30, but went on a 10-1 run capped by a Angelicia Alexander three with 47 seconds on the clock.
Memorial extended its lead to seven three times within the first 2 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter. Jasmyn Lott’s layup with 5:42 to play gave the Warriors a 46-39 lead. A Brynn Lusby layup in the paint pushed the margin to eight, 48-40 with just under five minutes in the period. Both teams missed their next attempt, but Lott had an offensive put back and it was 50-40 with 3:22 left.
Amarillo cut the deficit to seven twice, but Falyn Lott pushed it back to nine. The Sandies had a missed jumper and turnover, and the Warriors went up 11 on Jasmyn Lott’s three-point play with 1:26 remaining.
Falyn Lott scored 13 points on 6 of 10 shooting and pulled down eight rebounds. The Warriors out rebounded the Sandies, 33-22. Amarillo didn’t shoot as well, going 17 of 47 for 36.2% on the night.
Lusby chipped in 10 points on 5 of 7 shooting for Memorial. Alexander added nine. The Warriors went 5 of 10 from the three-point line while Amarillo was 4 of 16.
McKenzie Smith led the Sandies with 14 points. Barnes finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Taytum Bell added 10 points, five boards and four assists.
Memorial is at the UIL state tournament for the first time after taking down Frisco Liberty in the 5A Region 2 final. Liberty had made it to state during the past three seasons, winning a title in 2020.