Liberty Hill, TEX (KXAN) - For the first time since 2004, the Liberty Hill Lady Panthers are headed to the State Basketball Tournament.
They face a familiar opponent in Abilene Wylie Thursday at 3:30pm at the Erwin Center. Wylie beat Liberty Hill in the regional final in 2010 for an opportunity to get to the State Tournament, and now the two teams face each other again. It's a rematch head coach Matt Kirschner said he was anticipating.
"Our motto is pressing the dream," Kirschner said. "Because that's the dream. And we always use the word 'press,' because that's what we do. We break every huddle before the game starts to the word 'Austin,' because that's where we wanted to get to."
In 2011, the Lady Panthers were eliminated by Salado in the regional quarterfinals. Players say that loss, combined with the loss to Abilene Wylie, are sources of motivation and helped them get this far in the postseason.
"We want to be a realistic, but a state championship would be awesome," senior forward Kourtney Beavers said. "It would be a dream come true. To be state champs would not only be good for our school and our community, but it would be a big accomplishment for us."
Senior guard Taylor Russell said it's difficult for her to contain her excitement for Thursday's game.
"In class I'm tapping my pencil; I can not wait," Russell said. "Coach K is [joking], 'I don't even want to teach because I'm so pumped,' and our teachers are so supportive. They're taking it easy on us and that's awesome."
The team's allotment of 250 tickets is sold out, so the Lady Panthers should have some support when they take the court.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.
The Austin City Council is set to vote Thursday on design changes for the Auditorium Shores Dog Park.
Bryce Petty threw touchdown passes on the first two drives of the second half for No. 9 Baylor and the Bears won their first Big 12 title and a Fiesta Bowl berth with a 30-10 victory over No. 23 Texas on Saturday.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.