50-42 win over Lincoln ends run of narrow third-round setbacks for Rockwall girls

For the first time since 2008, Rockwall is in the regional tournament.

Alyssa Lang scored 11 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as Rockwall upset previously unbeaten Lincoln in a Class 4A Region II quarterfinal, 50-42, on Tuesday at Mesquite Horn.

“I lost to them my freshman year, and last year we lost by three,” Lang said. “And I can promise you that since that day, we’ve been working to beat them.”

Rockwall’s rallying cry this season was “CDC 3.5” — “Close Doesn’t Count,” paired with the average margin of their third-round playoff losses to Lincoln and Frisco Wakeland the last two seasons.

After struggling early, Rockwall (31-7) got back into the game with a 9-0 run in the second quarter, sparked by freshman Sara Williamson and senior Kayla Smith.

Lincoln (29-1), which was No. 2 in the final 4A state rankings, suited only seven players — hurt by the transfer of star Breanna Hayden and a broken arm for sophomore Alisha Washington.

“That’s not an excuse,” Lincoln coach Michael Ensley said. “I think Rockwall just outplayed us tonight.”

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