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Plano West flattens Saginaw in playoff opener

COPPELL, Texas -- Plano West, No. 3 in the ESPNDallas.com Class 5A area girls basketball rankings, roared to a 73-12 blowout of Saginaw on Monday in a bi-district playoff game game.

The Wolves' dominance included a 34-0 run at Coppell High School that lasted most of the second half.

Plano West's 1-2-2 trap press forced turnover after turnover in the first half, but it was called off by coach Don Patterson in the second half.

"The girls were moving well," Patterson said. "[Saginaw players] were a little tentative, and anytime you're tentative against a press, it helps you a little bit."

Saginaw (18-12) managed seven points in the first half and wouldn't score in the second half until there was just over two minutes left in the game.

Allison Staley led West (33-2) in scoring with 12 points. Every player on West's roster scored.

"Everybody got to play and got some good minutes and didn't get any injuries, so that's a good thing now," Patterson said.

West advances to play the winner of the Cedar Hill-Richland bi-district game.

"They know who's coming up and they do a great job of focusing on what they need to do," Patterson said.