FW Trimble Tech cruises by Azle in area playoffs

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Fort Worth Trimble Tech shot out of the gates Friday and cruised to a 73-46 win over Azle in a Class 4A area-round girls basketball playoff at Saginaw Boswell High School.

“We really came out with a lot of focus,” Trimble Tech coach Derrick Robertson said. “With our senior leader under the weather, the rest of the team really stepped up and didn’t want to see her season end.”

Senior guard Crystal Allen played, finishing with eight points, but was used sparingly in the second half after the Bulldogs (28-5) raced to a 45-19 lead at halftime.

The Bulldogs’ pressure defense created the early separation. Forward Desirea McGinnis grabbed a steal on a post-entry pass, found point guard LaKendra Bassett, and raced up the floor on the break midway through the first. Bassett rewarded McGinnis by finding her streaking to the basket to put away the fast-break layup.

Tech forced a 10-second violation with furious ball pressure on the ensuing Azle possession, and guard Karrington Brown turned the extra possession into three points from the foul line after being fouled while shooting a 3-pointer. With 3:26 showing in the first quarter, the Bulldogs were already up 15-4, and they would take a 24-7 at the end of the first.

Brown netted 18 points and three steals, while Bassett led all scorers with 19 points and added seven assists.

The Hornets (22-11) tried to make things interesting early in the third. Azle started the second half on an 8-0 spurt behind Kaycie Dunkerley and Valarie Matlock to cut the deficit to 45-27 with 5:30 left in the third quarter. But Tech ripped off a 14-2 run to end the quarter, and coasted to the win in the fourth.

Dunkerley led Azle with 15 points in the season-ending loss, while Payton Berger added 14.

Tech meets Granbury or Wichita Falls Rider in the Class 4A regional quarterfinals.

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