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4A, Region II girls: W. Mesquite guard hits buzzer beater
Taylor’s running halfcourt shot ends Wakeland’s season
GARLAND - West Mesquite guard Dominique Taylor hit a running halfcourt shot off the glass with no time remaining to spoil Frisco Wakeland's comeback bid in a 51-48 win Friday.
Wakeland's Faith Hunt made a contested layup to tie the score before West Mesquite called timeout with 3.2 seconds remaining.
"I was mad," Taylor said of tying layup. "I was just like, 'Draw up a play and give me the ball.' "
The Lady Wranglers did just that, and Taylor caught the inbounds pass, dribbled up the right sideline and let go of the game-winner before being mobbed by her teammates.
"I was just like, 'It went in.' " Taylor said. "I couldn't believe it ... it went in."
Taylor's game-winner was her first field goal since the first quarter when she poured in 12 points to help West Mesquite gain a 10-point advantage.
Wakeland went nearly seven minutes from the latter half of the first quarter to the first part of the second without scoring but closed its deficit to six at the half.
Wakeland got it down to four on the first possession of the third, but West Mesquite scored six unanswered points to push its lead to double digits again.
Wakeland pulled within one in the fourth quarter when Kindell Texada hit a deep three in front of her bench to close the gap to 36-35 with just under six minutes to play.
But Jasmine Dumas, who scored 10 of her 14 points in the second half, responded with a 3-pointer on West Mesquite's possession.
Wakeland refused to quit, making up a five-point deficit in the final minute, punctuated by Hunt's layup, which tied the score for the first time since about the 3:30 mark in the first.
That set the stage for Taylor, who finished with a game-high 22 points.
Lincoln 64, Jacksonville 37: Lincoln ran away with its regional quarterfinal against Jacksonville, nabbing 24 steals en route to a decisive win.
The Lady Tigers busted open a game that was tied with about 2:30 left in the first half, closing with a 9-0 run helped largely by layups off steals.
The Lady Tigers played the passing lanes the entire half, and it paid off with 13 steals in the first two quarters.
Jacksonville was in the game for most of the half before Lincoln went on its run.
Lincoln left no doubt in the second half.
“I think our defense got better in the second half,” said Lincoln head coach Michael Ensley. “That added to our offensive strength down the stretch.
“Our defense turned into our offense.”
Cameasha Turner and BreAnna Hayden combined for 38 points, and each had more than five steals to lead the way for Lincoln.