ET Girls Basketball Playoffs: Pine Tree bows out to Wylie East
Feb. 12, 2018 at 11:15 p.m.
WILLS POINT — Sometimes the disparity between a first place district champion and fourth place playoff qualifier can be great.
That proved to be the case Monday night in the Class 5A bi-district match between the state-ranked Wylie East Raiders and Pine Tree Lady Pirates.
Wylie East, ranked 10th in Class 5A and winners of nine straight, had little difficulty advancing to second round area action with its decisive 58-24 verdict here at Wills Point High's Tiger Gymnasium.
The Raiders (29-5) rolled to a 10th consecutive victory and 14th in their last 15 outings as senior shooting guard Morgan Lee notched 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field.
Wylie East, which finished the evening 23 of 48 from the floor, jumped out to a 17-3 lead in the first period and never looked back. The Raiders assumed a commanding 30-7 advantage at the break.
Pine Tree (12-20) had more turnovers in the first half (11) than points. It was a tough night all the way around for the Lady Pirates. Senior Jordan Fuller played hard before fouling out late and led Pine Tree with nine points and six rebounds.
The Lady Pirates strung together their best run late in the third period after going without a point for the first four plus minutes. Fuller canned a pull-up jumper at 4:22 to spark 9-6 spurt that closed out the quarter.
Ambreenique Williams calmly dropped a pair of free throws as Pine Tree broke single digits with 3:16 showing in the third. Fuller followed up with another quick pop and Williams took one hard to the basket with 2:05 to go.
Kameron Polk, who along with Williams finished with five points, made the back end of a two-shot foul toward the end of the third quarter. Essence Washington got in on the action when she knocked down a 3-pointer to get the fourth period started. Washington, playing in her final game for Pine Tree along with Fuller and Williams, finished with the one basket.
A nifty backdoor cut by Lady Pirate freshman Malaeka Williams with 1:19 remaining brought the scoring to a close. The Raiders were able to successfully play keepaway the final 60 seconds and advance.
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