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Tatum rolls past Melissa, headed to state championship

Tatum rolls past Melissa, headed to state championship

POSTED: Friday, March 11, 2011 - 4:34pm

UPDATED: Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 12:21am

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Desmond Fite scored 21 points and Brandon Woodard made five 3-pointers to lead Tatum past Melissa 70-57 in the Class 2A semifinals Friday.

Kendall Bell added 20 points for Tatum (32-7), which used a 12-0 run in the second quarter to break the game open. Tatum made six 3-pointers in the first half.

Tatum led 36-25 at halftime. Melissa cut the lead to six in the third quarter before a pair of 3-pointers by Woodard and Bell ended the rally. Woodard was 5 of 10 from beyond the arc.

Zach Helmburgher had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Hondo Webb had 15 points and 10 boards for Melissa (36-2).

Melissa outrebounded Tatum 40-24 but couldn't overcome 22 turnovers that led to 22 points by Tatum.

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