SAN ANTONIO — Temple’s quest for the school’s first state championship was undone by a disastrous third quarter.
Amarillo outscored the Tem-Cats, 8-2, in the third quarter and held Temple without a field goal in the period. The Sandies’ stifling defense helped them secure a 48-34 win over the Tem-Cats in the Class 5A state semifinals Thursday night at the Alamodome.
Amarillo (39-2) advances to face Mansfield Timberview (39-2) for the 5A state crown at 3 p.m. Saturday.
It was a particularly rough shooting game for Temple (31-6), which hit just 9 of 36 field goal attempts (25 percent). Nevertheless, the Tem-Cats were right in it after the first half, trailing only 25-24.
Sophomore guard Wilashia Burleson scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Temple, which was making the first state tournament showing in school history. Zayla Tinner led Amarillo with 15 points.