The Krum Lady Cats and the Liberty Christian boys and girls are just two victories away from reaching their ultimate goals — winning state championships — when they compete later this week in state tournaments.
Krum will be going after the Class 3A title at the UIL Basketball State Tournament in Austin, beginning Thursday, while Liberty Christian will be going after the 5A title at the TAPPS Basketball State Tournament in Mansfield, beginning Friday.
Krum (29-6), making its first appearance at the state tournament since the early 1980s, will face Mexia (34-3) in one of the Class 3A semifinal games at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. Kennedale (30-6) squares off against Smithville (29-7) in the other semifinal game at 3:30 p.m.
The semifinal winners will then meet in the Class 3A championship game at 10 a.m. Saturday.
At the TAPPS state tournament in Mansfield, the Liberty Christian girls (24-14) will face Houston St. Agnes in one semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday at Mansfield Timberview High School. Should the Lady Warriors advance, they will play the winner between Plano John Paul II and Plano Prestonwood in the title game at 4 p.m. Saturday at Mansfield Legacy High School.
The Liberty Christian boys (33-6) will face Fort Worth Nolan Catholic in a semifinal at 9 p.m. Friday at Mansfield Timberview High School, with the winner taking on either Plano John Paul II or Plano Prestonwood at 6 p.m. Saturday at Mansfield Legacy High School.
UIL GIRLS BASKETBALL STATE TOURNAMENT
FRANK ERWIN CENTER, AUSTIN
CLASS 1A DIVISION I SEMIFINALS
8:30 a.m. — Dallas Triple A Academy (28-5) vs. Smyer (32-6)
10 a.m. — Martin’s Mill (32-5) vs. Snook (24-11)
CLASS 3A SEMIFINALS
1:30 p.m. — Mexia (34-3) vs. Krum (29-6)
3 p.m. — Kennedale (30-6) vs. Smithville (29-7)
CLASS 4A SEMIFINALS
7 p.m. — Dallas Lincoln (35-4) vs. Aledo (30-7)
8:30 p.m. — Georgetown (32-4) vs. Northside Brennan (30-8)
CLASS 2A SEMIFINALS
8:30 a.m. — Brock (33-5) vs. Centerville (30-6)
10 a.m. — Merkel (37-1) vs. Poth (28-5)
CLASS 1A DIVISION II SEMIFINALS
1:30 p.m. — Roscoe Highland (31-4) vs. Saltillo (31-5)
7 p.m. — Whitharral (36-4) vs. Leakey (24-7)
CLASS 5A SEMIFINALS
3 p.m. — Duncanville (40-0) vs. League City Clear Springs (38-2)
8:30 p.m. — Pflugerville (38-0) vs. Cibolo Steele (32-5)
8:30 a.m. — Class 1A Division I final
10 a.m. — Class 3A final
1:30 p.m. — Class 2A final
3 p.m. — Class 4A final
7 p.m. — Class 1A Division II final
8:30 p.m. — Class 5A final
TAPPS STATE TOURNAMENT
CLASS 5A SEMIFINALS
4:30 p.m. — Plano John Paul II vs. Plano Prestonwood, Mansfield Timberview High School
6 p.m. — Houston St. Agnes vs. Liberty Christian, Mansfield Timberview High School
7:30 p.m. — Plano John Paul II vs. Plano Prestonwood, Mansfield Timberview High School
9 p.m. — Fort Worth Nolan Catholic vs. Liberty Christian, Mansfield Timberview High School
4 p.m. — 5A girls final, Mansfield Legacy HS
6 p.m. — 5A boys final, Mansfield Legacy HS