Nazareth and Canyon girls basketball both advance to state finals

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Both Canyon and Nazareth girls basketball inched one step closer to their respective goals on Thursday of three-peating as state champs with semifinal wins in the UIL state tournament at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio.

In Class 5A, the Lady Eagles smothered Crosby 55-25, holding the Cougars to just four points in the first half. Eleven different players scored for Joe Lombard’s bunch and he thought his team’s experience played a huge roll in the outcome of the game.

“Whether that’s big game jitters or what,” Lombard said after the win. “But for teams that come here for the first time I think it’s a pretty common thing that they aren’t going to play as well as they normally do. Our experience and our tradition was a definite advantage for us in this game and I’m just hoping destiny is on our side”

Canyon advances to play Frisco Liberty in the state championship game Saturday at 3:00 pm.

In 1A, Nazareth used a similar recipe, stifling Chireno en route to a 52-29 win in the first game of the day. The Swiftettes overcame a slow start to punch their ticket to a third straight state title game.

“You know this is where we wanted to be,” Schilling said. “We came out kind of slow today and Chireno had a lot to do with that. We knew it was going to take four quarters and eventually we kind of got our nerves back under control and were able to get things going.”

Nazareth will play Lipan on Saturday at 8:30 am in what will be a rematch of last season’s state title game.

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