ABILENE — The No. 9 May Lady Tigers are two victories away from a trip to the UIL Class A girls basketball state tournament in San Antonio, having punched their ticket to the Region II-A tournament with Tuesday night’s 63-41 regional quarterfinals victory over the Roby Lady Lions at McMurry University’s Kimbrell Arena.
May (25-6), which recorded its 18th straight victory, also avenged last year’s season-ending 50-41 loss to Roby (20-5) in the third round of the playoffs. Next for the District 15-A champion Lady Tigers — who defeated Robert Lee, 61-50, in the area round this past Friday after a bi-district bye — is No. 14 O’Donnell (22-4) at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Abilene Christian University’s Moody Coliseum in regional semifinal action.
With a win Friday night, May would face either No. 4 Garden City or No. 16 Klondike Saturday for the right to advance to state.
The Lady Tigers jumped out to 17-12 lead over Roby after one quarter, but the Lady Lions rallied to draw even at 24 at halftime. The Lady Tigers regained a 40-33 advantage through three periods and outscored Roby by 13 points in the fourth quarter.
Yary Rodriguez paced the May effort with 21 points followed by Julia Robinette with 13, Skyler Jenkins with 12, Hannah Williams and Kelsie Gage with six apiece and Kaylee Harris with five points.
Roby, which owned a 33-26 advantage in rebounds, received 16 points from Kolbi Jay Helm, and 11 points and seven boards from HallieRose Edmondson, but no other Lady Lion tallied more than four points.