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Friday, March 4, 2016

MISD Girls Basketball Teams Reflect on Long-Running Season

The Lady Broncos were excited to advance to the playoffs.
Even though there won’t be any Mansfield ISD teams at the UIL Girls Basketball State Tournament this weekend, the three teams that made it to the playoffs still have a lot to be proud of.

This season proved to be a record-breaking one for the Legacy High and Timberview High girls basketball teams. The Lady Broncos made it to the regional quarterfinals for the first time in its history. In addition, Timberview’s Lady Wolves were ranked number one in their division for a majority of the regular season, and remained undefeated until their unexpected loss in the regional tournament.

The Lady Wolves went into the playoffs undefeated.
The Lady Wolves finished the season with a record of 33-1. It’s the longest winning streak for the Timberview girls basketball program.

The Summit High School Lady Jaguars made it the furthest among the MISD teams as the regional runner-ups. The team had momentum at the start of the season, but hit a snag when their starting point guard and lead scorer, Amber Dixon, tore her ACL around Christmas.

“Our seniors brought a lot of team leadership during that time,” said Lady Jags head coach Dawn Mailloux. “They had the attitude to press on. Our goal was to get to the regional tournament and not let anything get in the way of that.”

Even without their starting point guard, the Lady Jags
were regional runner-ups.
The Summit girls met their goal, but it was still a hard blow for them when they ended their playoff run. With a record of 32-7, Mailloux said she told the team there was no reason to hang their heads.

“We achieved and surpassed our goal,” said Coach Mailloux. “They were dedicated, and each of them contributed to the team. Those girls left a legacy for the next group to build on and look forward to.”

Each of the teams are working to get even better next year, and they’ll have some time to perfect their skills. The first day of girls basketball practice for the 2016-17 season is Oct. 19.