Written by Matt Wixon
Wixon: Plano West girls' start stops Cedar Hill in area playoff game
FLOWER MOUND — From the opening tip, the Plano West coaches were yelling “Go!” Friday night. Their players followed their instructions, and by the time Cedar Hill recovered, Plano West was gone.
Fueled by a 21-6 run to start, Plano West cruised to a 65-51 victory over Cedar Hill in a Class 5A Region I area-round game. The victory by Plano West (34-2), the No. 6 team in the 5A state rankings, set up a showdown against top-ranked Irving MacArthur, the defending 5A champion.
“We need revenge,” said Plano West guard Brea Mitchell, who led her team with 14 points. “They’ve beaten us too many times in a row.”
MacArthur hasn’t lost to a team from Texas this season, but Plano West will be a tough assignment in the next round. Against Cedar Hill (28-7), West busted out to a double-digit lead midway through the first quarter as its guards proved too quick for Cedar Hill’s defenders. Devri Owens also hit three 3-pointers to help Plano West build a cushion.
“We definitely needed to get off to a fast start,” Mitchell said. “The team that comes out with more intensity is normally the team that’s going to win.”
Cedar Hill, No. 17 in the 5A rankings, increased its intensity in the second half and gave Plano West a push. LaBrittney Jones, who led all scorers with 17 points, helped start the Cedar Hill rally with a nice post move. Candice Adams and Alecia Smith then hit back-to-back 3-pointers, followed by a fast-break jumper by Adams that cut Plano West’s lead to 46-38 with 1:38 left in the third quarter.
But that was as close as Cedar Hill would get. Plano West went on an 11-2 run early in the fourth quarter to put the game away.