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SAN ANTONIO — The Cypress Creek High School girls’ basketball team came up short on its bid toward a state championship, falling to DeSoto, 53-37, in the UIL Class 6A championship game on March 11, 2021, at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Cypress Creek finished its season at 32-1 and reached the state tournament for the third time in four years. The Cougars were looking to become the third girls’ basketball state champion from CFISD since 2010.

In total, five different CFISD high schools have advanced to the UIL girls’ basketball state tournament over the past 12 years (Cy-Fair, Cypress Falls, Cypress Woods, Cypress Ranch and Cypress Creek). Cy-Fair won the 2010 Class 5A title, earning its second championship in three years. Cypress Woods won the Class 6A title in 2015.

Cypress Creek reached the state semifinals in 2018. The Cougars returned to state last season, falling to Duncanville in the championship game.

Over this four-year run, Cypress Creek made four regional tournaments and earned three state tournament berths and two state runner-up finishes. The Cougars won 141 of 154 games, including a 73-2 record the last two seasons.

“This group has laid a foundation of excellence and greatness,” Cypress Creek Head Coach Jennifer Alexander said of the senior class. “Not just what we do day in and day out when they’re with us during the school day and practice after school, but the work they do on their own and the time they put into their craft. They’re role models for little girls there at Bleyl, Campbell and Hamilton (middle schools) coming to Cy Creek. I’m just so proud of them.”

Cypress Creek and DeSoto went back and forth to start the title game, with the Cougars taking the early lead as their defense limited to DeSoto to just 13 percent (2 for 15) shooting in the first quarter. The lead held until less than 57 seconds remained in the first half. DeSoto put together a 13-1 run over the second quarter’s final 3:01 to take a 27-24 lead into the break.

Shooting woes continued for the Cougars in the second half, as they couldn’t find the offensive touch that put them up early. The Cougars cut the deficit to within three points a minute into the third quarter but could never get any closer.

Senior Kyndall Hunter led all players in scoring with 17 points, continuing her offensive prowess from the 2020 state tournament where she scored 55 total points in two games. Fellow senior Rori Harmon added eight points and a team-best 11 rebounds.

“Determination, drive and focus – not just this season but over the past four years,” Alexander said. “This senior group has set a standard here. Hats off to DeSoto. They played a good game, but our kids fought until the very end and that’s what they kept telling each other. I’m just so proud of them and their effort.”

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