GLEN ROSE — The Fort Worth Dunbar girls basketball team committed a foul on Wacos inbounds pass with 1 second remaining, but the Lions missed both free throws to give the Wildcats a 57-56 win in a Class 4A regional quarterfinal Tuesday night.
Dunbar showed its mental toughness to advance to the regional tournament in a wild, roller-coaster finish that saw three lead changes in the final 20 seconds. The Wildcats play the winner of Plainview and El Paso Hanks at 4 p.m. Friday in Snyder.
Waco (28-6) staged a furious rally late in the fourth quarter, briefly taking a 52-51 lead on the heels of two clutch free throws from post Diamond Ervin.
Dunbar (18-13) took back the lead with 32 seconds left in the game on two free throws from senior guard Taylor Dorsey, but Ervin hit a runner in the lane to put the Lions back in front.
With 15 seconds left, Dorsey again found herself at the line. She hit both free throws to give the Wildcats the lead before the final drama.
Coach has been drilling us about free throws all last week, Dorsey said. So many things were running through my head when I was shooting, standing there, but I had to clear my mind and focus on making them. And somehow I did.
Aliyah Bundage provided the early offense for the Wildcats by scoring 11 first-half points to send Dunbar into halftime with a 30-26 lead.
Dunbar extended its lead in the third quarter thanks to two 3-pointers from Dorsey.
Im still shaking, Dorsey said. Nobody thought we would even make the playoffs, much less make it to regionals.
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