Written by SportsDayDFW.com
The Colony holds off Frisco Wakeland rally to claim district's final playoff spot
LITTLE ELM — The Colony hit shots early and late to hold off Frisco Wakeland, 52-44, and claim the final state playoff berth in District 9-4A.
The Colony (18-14) will play 10-4A champion Carrollton Newman Smith (23-9) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hebron in the bi-district round of the state playoffs. The Colony secured its fifth consecutive playoff berth while ending a six-year streak for Wakeland.
Senior Terra Ellison gave The Colony a 43-41 lead with 3:15 remaining with a strong drive to the basket. A 5-11 signee for North Texas, Ellison ended with 17 points.
“Terra has been our go-to player all year, but she was struggling a little,” The Colony coach Jason Weese said. “She kept plugging away and plugging away and came through. I was very proud of the way she kept working.”
The Colony got another basket and free throws in the final minutes from Ellison, Taylor Holley and Libby Waddell to hold the lead.
Ellison and guard Kylie Covington are The Colony’s only senior starters alongside three sophomores. The starting five played the entire 32 minutes. Waddell and Holley each ended with 15 points.
The Colony and Wakeland (14-18) split their district meetings and met to determine the fourth-place seed in 9-4A behind champion Frisco Liberty, second-place Frisco Centennial and third-place Frisco Heritage.
The Colony jumped to a 16-4 lead, with Waddell and Holley each connecting on a pair of first-quarter 3-pointers. Ellison began to pick up momentum in the second quarter as The Colony built a 24-13 halftime lead. The height and length of 5-9 Covington and 5-10 Waddell at the top of a zone defense limited Wakeland, which also had to overcome a stretch of cold shooting.
The Colony built as much as a 16-point lead before having to hold off a Wakeland surge.
Led by 5-10 junior shooting guard Alana Aguirre, Wakeland tied the score, 41-41, as Aguirre hit a step-back 3-pointer from the top of the key. Expected to be a top college prospect for the Class of 2014, Aguirre ended with 18 points while senior guard Mariah Fluellen added 14.
Relying heavily on underclassmen, Wakeland missed the playoffs for the first time since the school opened in Class 3A in the 2006-07 season. Wakeland quickly established itself as a strong program under coach Darilyn Krempin. In 2010, Wakeland played Mansfield Timberview in the 4A state final in Austin.
“It’s tough to come back from the hole we got ourselves in,” Krempin said. “But we fought so hard to do it. It’s hard to end the season, but any time you play after the regular-season, you have to be pleased. … The feeling of losing will give us some momentum to work hard in the off-season.”