In a game that a year ago wouldn’t have happened, Melissa took on the District 11-3A fourth place finisher Irving North Hills in the bi-district round of the UIL Playoffs on Monday. The Lady Cardinals led by 22 at the end of the first quarter and went on to win big, 85-29.

With that statement win, the Lady Cardinals will advance to the area round and take on Frisco Lone Star, the 10-3A runner up. Date and time for the game were not available to the Tribune by press deadline.

This is the sixth consecutive season that the Lady Cardinals have advanced to the area round of the playoffs.

Melissa 85, North Hills 29

Melissa led 10-4 after a steal and bucket from Cat Whitten before the Lady Cardinals went on to finish the first quarter on a 17-1 run. Melissa held North Hills to just 12 points in the first half as the Lady Panthers just could not compete with Melissa’s speed and defensive trap. The Lady Cards offense was abundant as well – with nine different players contributing.

At the end of the first half, Melissa led 48-12 and the second half was virtually no different with Melissa going on to win by a 56-point advantage.

"It was great to get a playoff win," Melissa Coach Claude Webb said. "These girls wanted it badly. They have worked extremely hard and I’m just happy for them."

Whitney Taylor led all scorers – and single handily outscored the Lady Panthers – with 31 points in the game. Katie Webb finished strong with 18 points.

Other Melissa scorers included: Keonni Conkle (8), Lauren Brown (8), Jill Gray (7), Krista Butterfield (5), Bridie Burchett (2), Bailey Ift (2) and Cat Whitten (2)

N 5 7 7 10 — 29

M 27 21 13 24 — 85