CALDWELL — All the designed plays, screens, pick-and-rolls, back-door cuts, high-low ball movement and press defenses can only do so much. Basketball boils down to making shots.
Tomball Memorial did more of that than Temple on Friday night.
The ninth-ranked Lady Wildcats, coming off a game in which they scored just 26 points, didn’t shoot the lights out against the Tem-Cats either. But each converted bucket seemed to count for twice as much as Temple struggled to find its rhythm and range, and Memorial pocketed a 45-31 victory in a Class 5A area-round playoff game inside noisy Hornet Gym.
“The flow of this game is how we play. It’s sporadic. We’re not going to blow anybody out of the gym,” said Memorial coach Tarence Davis, who on Wednesday said he figured the team that got to between 35 and 38 points would win.
The Lady Wildcats (28-5) advanced to face Georgetown in a regional quarterfinal. Temple, which reached the second round for the second straight season, finished 17-13.
“They made more shots than we did. Not going to take anything away from them,” Temple coach Tamarah Sanders said. “Even though we gave ourselves opportunities, it seemed like as we got going, something stopped that momentum. I think we tried to push through it as well as we could have.”