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Keller rides 3's past Plano East in bi-district win

COPPELL, Texas -- The Keller girls basketball team rode the hot scoring touch of Taylor Vincent into the area round of the 5A playoffs on Monday night.

Vincent scored a game-high 23 points, including five 3-pointers, to help Keller knock down Plano East, 67-59, in the bi-district matchup at Coppell.

Keller (27-6) hit 14 from 3-point range, which were huge keys to its two big runs.

"I don't know how you could shoot it much better," Keller coach Doug Sporrer said. "She's shooting 42 percent on the year. It's amazing. Taylor does a great job and she's had a really steady year so we couldn't be happier with her."

The first run came in the third quarter when Keller strung together several baskets, many coming off Plano East turnovers, to form a 10-2 run. Two free throws off a technical foul assessed to Plano East's assistant coach were also a part of that run.

Keller then put together a 9-1 run during the first half of the fourth quarter, sparked by Vincent's final 3 of the night.

Coming into Monday, Keller had hit 12 3's as a team in its last two games of the regular season.

"We know we have to shoot it well and we spend almost half of practice shooting the ball," Sporrer said. "Sometimes it falls and sometimes they don't, but when they fall, we're a pretty tough team to beat."

Plano East (23-12) pushed its press to the limit in the final two minutes of the game, creating a 10-0 run of its own, but ran out of time before a true comeback could take shape.

Sporrer said it was his team's goal to raise a banner after this season ended. Keller already has two banners won for a co-district championship with Southlake Carroll and a bi-district win.

It was Keller's first bi-district win in girls basketball since 1999 and first district championship since before 1987.

Now, Keller has the daunting task of potentially facing ESPNDallas.com No. 1 Irving MacArthur in the area round if MacArthur advances past Mansfield on Tuesday.

"Play the number one team in the state -- what do you have to lose?" Sporrer said.