Trophy Club Nelson girls build huge lead early to beat Azle

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Azle got close Tuesday night against Trophy Club Nelson, but never close enough.

The Bobcats staved off a Hornets rally, winning 37-29 in a District 5-4A game at Azle High School.

Nelson (19-5, 6-2) led Azle 28-4 at one point in the first half before a third-quarter drought allowed the Hornets to creep back into the game and head into the fourth quarter down 31-20. Azle (13-8, 5-3) would get within six points with less than a minute left, but its shots from that point wouldn’t fall.

The victory pushed Nelson past Azle in the district standings. The Bobcats beat the Hornets 47-43 on Dec. 11.

Nelson dominated early. The Bobcats went on a 23-0 run that began three minutes into the game and ended with about two minutes remaining before halftime.

Nelson led 13-4 after one quarter.

But Azle would prevent a brewing blowout behind the play of Valerie Matlock.

The junior guard led the Hornets with eight points, the biggest coming on a pair of 3-pointers late in the second quarter. The Hornets were trailing by 24 points when Matlock knocked down her first 3-pointer, Azle’s first basket since early in the first quarter. She then banked in another shot from beyond the arc, which was followed by a basket by Taylor Fulfer to end the quarter. Nelson took a 28-12 lead into halftime.

Azle held Nelson to three points in the third quarter.

Madison Edwards led Nelson with eight points. Tralyn Woodard and Sydney Smallwood added six points each.

Ryan Osborne, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @RyanOsborneFWST

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