State-ranked Pflugerville moves into the UIL State playoff Region II semifinals on Friday, Feb. 21 when it meets Plano West High School in the Regional round of 16. The 5A Region II semifinals and finals take place at Baylor University's Ferrell Center on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 22. Pflugerville (33-4) and Plano West meet in Friday's 8 p.m. contest, while Dallas Skyline and Cedar Ridge face off in the earlier 6 p.m. semifinal.
On Saturday at 6 p.m., the two Friday night winners will meet in the Regional final with the winner advancing to the State 5A Final Four State Tournament in Austin next week. This is the second consecutive year that P'ville and Plano West will meet in the regional semifinals. Last year, Pflugerville won 64-63 en route to beating Spring Dekaney in the regional finals to gain a berth in the 2013 State Tournament Final Four semifinals.
Pflugerville, ranked No. 15 in the final TABC regular season poll, posted a 73-64 victory over District 16-5A opponent Stony Point on Feb. 18 in the regional quarterfinals behind a strong second-half defensive effort and 23 points from senior guard Alyssa Echols.
Head coach Nancy Wallings' Panthers are making a Regional semifinal appearance for the 18th time in program history and for the fifth time in the last seven seasons. Plano West is ranked No. 10 in the TABC poll and stands 28-5 after just topping Richardson, 65-64, in its quarterfinal game Tuesday.
2014 UIL State Playoffs: Region II Regional Tournament (Semifinals & Championship)
Site: Ferrell Special Events Center, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
SEMIFINALS: Friday, Feb. 21
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Pflugerville (33-4) vs. Plano West (28-5)
REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: Saturday, 6 p.m.
Tickets: All tickets for the Regional semifinals and finals are $10. No school IDs or coaching membership association cards are honored.
UIL basketball webpage (find playoff tournament brackets here): http://www.uiltexas.org/basketball/playoff-brackets
See more Pflugerville coverage from the Austin America-Statesman HERE.