March 8, 2020
The Cypress Creek High School girls’ basketball team finished the 2019-2020 season as the Class 6A state runner-up. The Cougars were defeated, 63-47, by Duncanville on March 7 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
March 7, 2020—The Cypress Creek High School girls’ basketball team came up short on its bid toward a state championship, falling to Duncanville, 63-47, in the UIL Class 6A championship game on March 7 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Cypress Creek finished its season at 41-1 and reached the state tournament for the second time in three years. The Cougars were looking to become the third girls’ basketball state champion from CFISD since 2010.
“This team was special as you can see,” Cypress Creek Head Coach Jennifer Alexander said. “What they did (in the semifinals) and tonight (in the championship game). Showing their resilience. And you saw every single one of them hugging each other. They weren’t just sitting there–it was all about each other. That is what’s special about this group.”
Cypress Creek High School junior Kyndall Hunter, left, scored a game-high 24 points against Duncanville in the Class 6A championship game. She finished the state tournament with 55 total points.
In total, five different CFISD high schools have advanced to the UIL girls’ basketball state tournament over the past 11 years (Cy-Fair, Cypress Falls, Cypress Woods, Cypress Ranch and Cypress Creek). Cy-Fair won the 2010 Class 5A title, earning its second championship in three years. Cypress Woods won the Class 6A title in 2015.
Cypress Creek and Duncanville went back and forth to start the title game, with the Cougars leading through the game’s opening four minutes. Duncanville would take a lead it never relinquished with 3:22 remaining in the first quarter. The Cougars cut a double-digit halftime deficit down to four points early in the third quarter but could never get any closer.
Cypress Creek High School senior Morgan Hill, left, looks to pass during the Cougars’ Class 6A final against Duncanville. She led the Cougars in rebounding during the state tournament, including 11 rebounds in the championship game.
“Our kids fought like everything and I’m so proud of them,” Alexander said. “They came out and gave the first punch, but just down the stretch, they wore down a little bit.”
For the second time in the state tournament, junior Kyndall Hunter led all players in scoring. She finished the championship game with 24 points after scoring 31 in the semifinal win over McKinney. Fellow junior Taylor Jackson added eight points and eight rebounds, while senior Morgan Hill finished with a game-high 11 rebounds.
“This season is not a letdown,” Alexander said. “We set out to get here and we got here. Didn’t finish it but I am so proud of their effort.”
Cypress Creek High School senior Ally Haman, left, dribbles away from a Duncanville defender in the Class 6A championship game on March 7 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The Cougars finished as the state runner-up.