SAN ANTONIO (Covering Katy News)—For the first time in Katy Independent School District history, one of its teams will be playing for the basketball state championship.
The Tompkins boys team earned that distinction with a dramatic 80-76 overtime semifinal win over South Garland Friday night at the Alamodome.
The Falcons, 32-8, play Allen, 34-5, at 8:30 p.m. tonight.
The Eagles finished as District 6-6A runner-up with an 11-3 record. They defeated Trinity, Duncanville, Ellison, North Crowley, Guyer, and Austin Westlake to earn their berth in the title game.
The Falcons won the District 19-6A championship, winning 12 of its 14 district games. In the playoffs, Tompkins defeated Ridge Point, Cypress Springs, Fort Bend Bush, Deer Park, Alief Taylor, and South Garland in the playoffs.
In Friday night’s action, South Garland went on a 10-0 run with less than two minutes left to tie the game and force overtime. But Tompkins held on for the victory, despite a 46-point game by South Garland’s Tyrone Maxey.
The Tompkins-South Garland semifinal game Friday night was something of a revenge game for the Falcons. In December, South Garland 76-50 in the Whataburger Tournament in Fort Worth.
This is proving to be a memorable sports year for Katy ISD teams. The Seven Lakes Lady Spartans volleyball team made it to its first-ever state title game this season. The Katy Tigers football team made it to the state semifinals. Tonight, the Tompkins Falcons get their shot at winning a state title.