AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Merkel survived a furious third-quarter rally by Poth to advance 56-47 in UIL Class 2A girls' state semifinal action.
Merkel led 31-21 at the half Friday but Poth outscored the Badgers 12-2 and tied the game at 33-33 with 3:15 left in the third on a 12-foot jumper by Micah Weaver. A balanced attack allowed Merkel to recover.
Allison Szabo had 15 points, 10 boards and five blocked shots for Merkel while Ciara Cope scored 11 points and Macy Mays added 10 points. Tiffany Young collected 14 rebounds and blocked seven shots for the winners.
Ashley Fuller led Poth (28-6) with 18 points while Weaver added 15 and Devon Dylla grabbed nine rebounds.
Merkel (38-1) advances to face four-time defending state champion Brock (34-5) on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.