— AUSTIN — Brock cleared another hurdle toward an unprecedented sixth-straight UIL state basketball title on Friday, soundly beating the Franklin Lady Lions, 78-38, in a Class 2A semifinal played at the Frank Irwin Center.
Franklin, who has relied on the 3-point shot which has boosted its average scoring to 80 points per contest in the 2013-14 season, found itself contending with a Brock defense that ceded the paint to harass the Lady Lions outside shooters.
The Franklin defense had a short spell of success in the opening minutes, forcing Brock turnovers, But when the Lady Eagles began crossing the mid-stripe with consistency they went to the paint, where 6-1 junior center Lexie Ducat was waiting with a barrage of layups from the low post.
With a 30-8 run in the second quarter, the end to Franklin's postseason run became academic as Brock applied additional weapons on offense.
Though they still contested the passing lanes, the Lady Lions faced a dual-prong threat as Brock's outside shooters took advantage of the open looks on the perimeter while trying to keep the Lady Eagles inside game in check.
Ducat led Brock with 18 points. The Lady Eagles' two Rachels, Williams and Harrell, added 13 and 11 points respectively. Madi Mayfield, creating havoc for Franklin when spelling Ducat, had 10 points.
The win sets up the state final match between Brock and Wall's Lady Hawks, who dispatched Halletsville, 59-44, in the opening session on Friday. Tipoff on Saturday is set for 1:30 p.m.