ARLINGTON -- Taylor Dorsey scored 21 points and Lakendria Sanders added 16 as Fort Worth Dunbar doused a revived Crowley team 63-48 in a girls Class 4A area-round game Friday night at Mansfield Summit High School.
Dunbar (20-12) advances to meet Waco (28-5) in the Region I quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Glen Rose.
Crowley (20-14) had lost its first-round game Monday, but got a reprieve when Fort Worth Trimble Tech forfeited the win Tuesday after discovering an academically ineligible player had played.
On Friday, Crowley led early after two baskets by Bailey Broadnax, who finished with a team-high 20 points, and a 3-pointer by Kennedy Williamson that capped a 7-0 run that gave the Eagles an 11-6 lead with 3:00 left in the first period.
The Eagles opened the second quarter by scoring the first 6 points for an 18-11 lead, but Dunbar went on a 14-2 run to take a lead they would never relinquish.
Janeiqua Biscoe sparked Dunbar's run by scoring off teammate Laticia Shelby's missed free throw, after Shelby had scored while being fouled.
Five different players scored during the run with Sanders capping the burst on a layup following a steal by Biscoe, giving Dunbar a 25-20 lead with 2:46 left in the half.
Crowley cut the lead to 37-35 with two free throws by Broadnax with 5:20 left in the third quarter, but Dorsey and Sanders took over from there and Dunbar pulled away.
"We kind of played a little bit sloppy at the beginning, and then we picked it up in the second half with our defense," Dunbar coach Nishia Walker said. "That's the kind of team we are, we play defense and that leads to the offense."
Dorsey and Sanders scored 27 of the team's final 31 points and picked up numerous steals and assists along the way.
Dorsey scored 13 of the Wildcats' final 17 points.
"She's a great player," Walker said of Dorsey.
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