Written by Matt Wixon
Plano West routed as Manvel lands anticipated rematch with Duncanville
AUSTIN —Faced with a double-digit deficit by late in the first quarter, Plano West was never able to rebound Friday. Manvel, meanwhile, just kept rebounding.
Led by its domination on the boards, Manvel blew past Plano West, 69-38, in a Class 5A semifinal at the Frank Erwin Center.
Manvel (37-2) will take on Duncanville (35-0) in the 5A championship at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The two teams played in a Pasadena tournament in November, and Manvel led by 14 points at halftime before Duncanville rallied for a six-point win.
“We thought if we kept winning, we’d meet them in the championship,” said Manvel’s Brianna Turner, who had 22 points and 15 rebounds. “We’ve got to play four quarters. We can’t let up.”
Manvel led by 20 at the half Friday, and it didn’t let up against Plano West (27-6). The effort was there for the Wolves, but they were overmatched in their first trip to the state tournament since winning the 5A title in 2006.
“It’s hard to come back from a hole like that,” Plano West coach Kristen Perry said. “We’re very young, and that plays a role in it. I’m very, very proud of the composure the players showed in the second half.”
But it was a mismatch, and that was evident in the lopsided rebounding numbers. After one quarter, Manvel’s rebounding edge was a shocking 19-1. It was difficult to believe that statistic was possible, but then again, it was hard to remember any rebounds by Plano West in the first quarter.
Manvel’s tall and athletic lineup, featuring Turner, a 6-3 guard who signed with Notre Dame, ferociously attacked the glass. The senior, who along with Duncanville’s Ariel Atkins is considered one of the nation’s top recruits, got help on the boards from 6-1 forward Rangie Bessard, a Minnesota signee, and Jordan Hosey, a 6-1 junior forward who is orally committed to Texas.
It was not unusual for Manvel, which has won 17 straight, to get three or four shots in a possession. Hosey finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Bessard had 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Plano West struggled from the field, shooting only 23 percent. But the Wolves didn’t get many second-chance opportunities, and they scored only 18 points in the paint to 42 for Manvel.
By midway through the third quarter, Manvel’s rebounding edge was 42-12 and the scoring margin was also 30. The arena emptied as Manvel’s lead expanded and Plano West looked for a way to claw back into the game.
Plano West had shown toughness during its run to state, which included one-point wins over Richardson in the third round and Skyline in the regional final. But although sophomore guard Natalie Chou poured in 18 points, the Wolves couldn’t put a dent in the armor of Manvel, which finished with a rebounding edge of 58-25..