Frisco Wakeland shoots past Dallas Kimball

CARROLLTON, Texas -- The Frisco Wakeland girls put on a shooting clinic Friday, thrashing Dallas Kimball 82-38 in a Class 4A area-round matchup at Carrollton Newman Smith High School.

The Lady Wolverines had no trouble draining the outside shot against Kimball's mix of zone defenses. Kimball moved to a 2-3 zone, but the Wakeland shooters proved they could also hit from the wing and the top of the key.

"It's something we've been working on in practice," Wakeland head coach Darilyn Krempin said. "After scouting Kimball, we knew they were known to play zone and kind of sit back and protect the paint. So we've been working on that as our game plan to try and penetrate the zone and be ready for the kick-out. We've been doing a lot of shooting to get ready for that."

Wakeland shot 59 percent from the field on a balanced attack that began with outside shooting, then shifted toward working inside once the Kimball defense was spread out. Wakeland hit seven 3-pointers in the game and shot 21 percent from behind the arc.

Kimball had a height advantage with three 6-footers logging quality minutes but could never use that edge in the post. Part of that was a credit to speedy Wakeland defenders, who forced turnovers far from the basket and gathered in rebounds that led to easy points in transition.

"We knew we wanted to try to, first of all, not allow the tall girls to get in there and rebound," Krempin said. "We knew we needed to block out and rebound and make them run the floor. And so I thought my girls did a really good job of getting it out and going. My girls have fun playing that type of game, so I thought they did a good job executing the game plan."

In the transition game, Wakeland players were able to show off their ball handling and court vision, threading the needle on passes in the paint. Guard Haley Texada had the highlight of the night on the fast break, going behind the back before hitting a fade away in the paint and drawing a foul.

Texada matched her sister Kindell Texada for game-high honors with 25 points. Wakeland finished with four players reaching double-digit point totals. Haley Texada also finished with a team-high nine steals and five assists.

Wakeland advances to face District 10-4A runner up McKinney in the regional quarterfinal next week.