Fort Worth Trimble Tech muscled its way to a 45-26 girls basketball victory against Waco Midway on Friday night.
What muscle couldn't achieve for Trimble Tech (14-1), sophomore point guard LaKendra Bassett handled.
Even though Bassett only scored three points, her importance to the Trimble Tech offense was undeniable. She collected seven rebounds and eight of the team's 11 assists.
"LaKendra is extraordinary with the ball," Trimble Tech coach Melanie Lane said.
Lane said that having such a pass-first point guard has been a new experience for both her and Bassett's teammates.
"She's the first true point guard that I've had," Lane said. "My team, for years, they're not used to playing with a true point guard, so they aren't used to playing with someone who is looking to find you on offense. I tell them, when you are cutting look at Kendra, because she knows you're open before you know you're open."
Bassett assisted on two of Crystal Allen's three 3-point field goals and hit Caitlin Reed several times for short jumpers. Allen and Reed had 15 and 10 points, respectively, and Karrington Brown added 12 points.
On a night when shots were not falling for either side, assists from Bassett that led to easy buckets got the Lady Bulldogs enough of a rhythm offensively to win the game easily.
The Lady Bulldogs were quicker to loose balls and rebounds. Tech finished with a 41-31 rebounding advantage.
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