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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Team concept propelling No. 3 Plano West girls

By Jeff Andrews

Plano West head coach Don Patterson always preaches the importance of team basketball and sharing the load offensively.

His team is practicing what he preaches to perfection this season. On any given night, any number of players could end up being the Lady Wolves' leading scorer.

Since reopening district play in January, West has had five different leading scorers in seven games, and there's usually a player just a point or two behind the leader every night.

In West's win over Flower Mound Marcus on Tuesday, junior guard Allison Staley led the way with 12 points. In Friday's win over Plano East, Paige Womack had a team-high 16 points. Devri Owens, Lindsey Oh, Kiran Lakhian, Tyara Warren, Mattie Swearingen and Randi Reinhardt have also led the team in scoring in a game this season.

This trend has West scoring 63 points per game while giving up just 41 as the Lady Wolves look poised for a state-title run after losing to eventual state champion Irving MacArthur in the third round a year ago.

The Lady Wolves (28-2, 10-0 in 8-5A) have a three-game lead on District 8-5A with four games remaining in the regular season, and the only two losses for ESPNDallas.com's No. 3 team, against state powers MacArthur and DeSoto.

West also boasts experience that it didn't have last year. Six major contributors from last year's team return, including four underclassmen, and -- as always -- West is getting production all the way down its long bench from new contributors.