CELINA — Jordan Davis isn’t about to let the flu keep her from trying to coach Celina’s girls back to the Class 3A state tournament.

CELINA — Jordan Davis isn’t about to let the flu keep her from trying to coach Celina’s girls back to the Class 3A state tournament.


Davis said she started feeling ill a couple of hours before tip-off of Tuesday night’s Region II quarterfinal game against Frisco Lone Star at Allen High School.


"I had somebody rush to the pharmacy," she said. "I was able to take some Tamiflu about an hour after the game started."


Davis was feeling a lot better after the Class 3A No. 4-ranked Lady Bobcats (28-6) clinched a region tournament berth for a third year in a row with a 54-43 win over their District 10-3A rivals.


Now, they’ll try to make amends for coming up short a year ago in following their 2012 state runner-up finish.


The Lady Cats will be back tonight in the familiar confines of Texas A&M-Commerce Field House — a place they’ll be visiting for the fourth time in six seasons under Davis — where they’ll take on Crandall at 6 p.m. in the 3A Region II semifinals.


The winner advances to Saturday afternoon’s region final against either No. 2 Argyle — yet another District 10-3A member — or No. 12 Canton, with a trip to the University Interscholastic League state tournament on the line.


"Our region is a very tough region," Davis said. "All the teams are there for a reason. Argyle (which beat Celina twice in district) is so tough, and they’re very good at what they do. I haven’t seen a lot of Canton, but they’re pretty good. I’ve watched plenty of tape of Crandall, and they’re definitely tough and scrappy and play hard the whole time."


The Lady Cats last faced Crandall in the 2009 area round in Davis’ first year as head coach, and won 56-51 en route to the first of their region tourney appearances under Davis.


Two seasons ago, the Lady Cats advanced to the Class 3A state championship game, losing 59-45 to repeat champion Abilene Wylie. They made a strong bid for a return trip to Austin last year, but fell two wins short of their goal in a 41-36 semifinal loss to Pittsburg.


"Pittsburg was solid, and we had opportunities and didn’t capitalize," Davis said. "We missed a lot of easy shots. It seemed one of those games where nothing would go our way."


This time, Davis said she is concentrating on keeping her players prepared and not upsetting the routine.


The Lady Cats have missed the playoffs only once since Davis, a former all-state player at Celina and a member of the 2005 Baylor women’s national championship team, took over as head coach.


They cleared a huge hurdle on Tuesday by beating Lone Star, a 19-win team that lost only to Celina and Argyle in 10-3A play. It was the third year in a row the Lady Cats topped the Lady Rangers in the playoffs.


"Coach (Katie) Stinton and I discussed how many times we’ve played in the last three years," Davis said. "Her team is very athletic with long arm spans and it was hard to get shots off. We started out trailing 10-1, but the girls stayed pretty clam and relaxed, and we fought back."


Stinton, formerly Katie Holley, is a former head girls basketball coach at Denison.


The Lady Cats are led by two senior starters, Sarah Cantu and Callie Wells. Cantu received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy recently and will play basketball there.


"She’s a good kid," Davis said of Cantu. "Air Force will be a place that suits her. She likes to have structure, and it’ll be neat for her."


Juniors KJ Stastny, Kynese Davis and Kinzie Juergens round out the starting lineup. Coach Davis said Stastny is "a good floor leader who gets the ball where she wants it to be," and Kynese Davis "flies under the radar with her defense and rebounding, but lately she’s been having some offensive explosions."


Last year the Lady Cats missed the shooting of Kynzie Newman, the leader of the 2012 state runner-up team who went on to Abilene Christian. But coach Davis thinks the Lady Cats have filled that void this season.


"From that year to last year we were young, but this season we’ve got a year under our belts and everybody has jelled," Davis said. "Our team has a lot of similarities to the team of two years ago."