It's been a long time coming for the Temple High School girls basketball program.

"I think we were in shock, kind of stunned," senior guard Kezia Dilworth said. "It didn't really hit us right away."

Over the weekend, the Tem-Cats knocked off No. 2 Barber's Hill 78-74 in overtime to win Coach Tamarah Sanders' 200th game. A blowout win against Crosby the next day won the region and sent Temple to the state tournament for the first time.

"I looked and I was like, 'OK, we really did it,'" Sanders said. "We really put it on paper. We accomplished what we put on paper. It took a couple days and I'm still in shock."

Tuesday, hundreds gathered inside the Temple Mall to celebrate with the Tem-Cats before they head to San Antonio on Wednesday.

Sanders, a Temple graduate herself, said she knows this is enormous for everyone who sports the blue and white.

"This is about the coaches that came before me, the players that came before me," Sanders said. "This is about Temple, period."

No. 8 Temple will face No. 4 Amarillo in the state semifinals Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Alamodome. The winner faces the winner of No. 1 Mansfield Timberview and No. 23 Kerrville Tivy.

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