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Plano West guard Staley's 3-pointers keep rival Plano at bay, 58-46
PLANO — No. 9 Plano West looked to be on the verge of losing a second time to rival Plano and ending its streak at four straight district championships.
But senior guard Allison Staley almost single-handedly lifted the West offense out of the hole to claim a 58-46 victory and a share of the District 10-5A lead.
Staley scored a game-high 26 points. She was 6-for-9 from the 3-point line.
“We were ahead and we had so much energy in this game compared to last game,” Staley said. “The energy was there, and we were so into the game.”
That energy was missing during Plano West’s 72-62 loss to Plano last month and much of the first half Friday.
Trailing by six late in the second quarter, Staley hit a layup and two 3s to push West on an 8-1 run and take a 24-23 lead into the break.
Plano West (32-3, 8-1) kept the rally going into the third quarter with a jumper by Tyara Warren-Cox followed by a Plano turnover and another Staley 3.
Plano came back to tie the score two more times in the quarter, but Staley was there to drain another 3 each time and keep the momentum in West’s favor.
“That’s the type of shooter she is when she gets hot,” West coach Don Patterson said. “When she hits about two or three, you can bet that she’s going to get a few more, too.”
Staley was 8-of-13 from the floor while the rest of Plano West’s shooters went a combined 9-for-40 (22.5 percent).
Freshman Natalie Chou added 10 points for West.
Wilma Afunugo led Plano with 16 points.
“This gets us ready for playoffs better than playing somebody that I could beat by 20,” Plano coach Lynn Meger said. “Tuesday’s game is a must-win.”
Plano (23-7, 8-1) can clinch at least a share of the district title with a win against visiting Allen on Tuesday, and West can do the same with a victory at Plano East.
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