Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Late charge by Skyline girls ends Meger’s 30-year coaching career at Plano
PLANO --Lynn Meger hoped to bring the Plano girls basketball team to one more regional tournament before her 30-year coaching career ended.
Meger told her team before the start of the playoffs that she planned to retire at the end of the season.
But a thrilling 43-41 loss to Skyline in a Class 5A Region II quarterfinal was her final game Tuesday at Plano East High School, one round shy of the regional tournament in Waco.
“I think I’ve helped to build a program and sustain it,” Meger said of her career at Plano. “And I’ve always been able to pride myself on kids that play hard.”
There was no shortage of that from Plano on Tuesday. Plano rallied from an early 17-6 deficit and took its first lead, 32-31, with 37 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Skyline (31-6) answered by scoring points on six of its final seven possessions, and junior forward Dai’Ja Thomas intercepted a pass with 20 seconds remaining to seal the victory.
The win propels Skyline into the Region II tournament in Waco for the second year in a row, and it will face Cedar Ridge in a semifinal Friday.
“We fell behind by one point, so we felt like we didn’t need to panic,” Skyline coach Cassandra McCurdy said. “We had a lot of time left on the clock; let’s just execute our offense and try to get to the free throw line.”
Plano guard Kara Mitchell led all scorers with 26 points. She almost single-handedly kept Plano (26-8) in the game before halftime with 15 of the team’s 22 points.
Thomas led Skyline with 12 points.
Meger fell three victories shy of a 500-win career, finishing with an overall record of 497-243 in 23 seasons as Plano’s head coach. The team only missed the playoffs five times during that span, and Meger led Plano to the state finals in 2000.
“I was hoping so bad to get to regionals for these girls,” Meger said. “I haven’t really dwelled on the fact that this is the last game for me I think it’ll hit me tomorrow. I’m disappointed for the girls and at the same time excited for them about a phenomenal season.”