Mansfield Lake Ridge defeated the Bulldogs 67-50 in the UIL state playoffs to end North’s successful season that will always be remembered for its unbeaten run to the 13-4A title. The Bulldogs finished finished 25-6.
But on Friday, Lake Ridge dominated North in the second quarter, breaking open a close game with a 17-5 run to take a 33-19 halftime lead that North could not overcome.
North fought back after halftime, outscoring Lake Ridge 13-8 in the third quarter to cut the lead to 41-32 going into the fourth quarter. But it wasn’t enough.
Steele Douglas scored 23 points for the Dogs, whose last lead was at 8-6 in the first quarter. Utah State signee Julion Pearre followed with 11.
Lake Ridge (20-6), coached by Donte Wilson, moves on to the Regional Quarterfinal round next week. Wilson played for North coach Darryll Craft in middle school when Craft was an assistant coach at Faubion in McKinney. Wilson went on to play at McKinney High and San Diego State.
Photos by Kellie Anfosso