Cedar Park Girls beat College Station in UIL Basketball Tournament

Cedar Park guard Gisella Maul, center, fouls College Station during a UIL Girls' Class 5A semifinal basketball playoff game Thursday at the Alamodome.  Maul had 14 points and seven rebounds as defending Class 5A champion Timberwolves cruised to a 59-31 win and will play in Saturday's title game.

SAN ANTONIO — Cedar Park wasn’t going to let a physical College Station team deny them a chance to defend their crown.

Undaunted by a few elbows and a handful of jersey grabs, Cedar Park cruised to a 59-31 win in a Class 5A women’s basketball semifinal on Thursday at the state tournament at the Alamodome. The win extended the Timberwolves’ winning streak to 61 games, and paved the way for local history in Saturday’s championship game. No Austin-area women’s basketball team has ever had a perfect season, but few teams have ever displayed the Timberwolves’ blend of talent and grit.

“Since we won it last year, that’s where we’ve wanted to be,” said Cedar Park junior Gisella Maul. “As soon as last year’s state championship game ended, we worked really hard to get back here. We deserve it, and that’s what we worked for.