The key to avoiding upsets is to take away an opponent’s belief that it has a chance to win the game.
Sachse did just that on Friday, jumping on Naaman Forest from the start en route to a 49-20 victory.
It was an important game for the Mustangs, as they improved to 11-3 in 9-6A and finish the district slate tied for second place with Wylie. The two teams will determine the second and third seeds with a coin flip, or an additional game this week.
Sachse opened a double-digit lead in the blink of an eye, as Londyn Oliphant and Neenah George hit jumpers and Crislyn Rose converted a pair of layups to make it 10-0 less than three minutes into the contest.
Oliphant continued her strong start, knocking down a 3-pointer and adding a layup to push the advantage to 15-0.
The Rangers finally got on the scoreboard on a jumper by Kennedi Marshall, but it did not stop the Mustangs’ momentum, as they forced 10 turnovers in the opening frame and Oliphant, Crislyn Rose, Traniece Hall and Kennedy Swann added buckets to make it 23-2 at the end of one quarter.
The pace slowed in the second quarter, but Sachse built on its advantage, as Micah Cooper hit a 10-footer, Shanyais Rose converted a layup and Brianna Salazar drained a 3-pointer to give them a 32-5 advantage at halftime.
Naaman Forest made a slight push in the third quarter, as Kaylyn Minor, who had a team-high nine points and 10 rebounds, converted two putbacks, Marshall knocked down a 3-pointer and Kaylee Bennett added a pair of baskets to close to within 34-14, but that was as close as it would get.
Oliphant scored four of her 14 points in the fourth quarter, Crislyn Rose capped a 14-point night and the Mustangs put the finishing touches on the victory.