By MIKE IBANEZ
The Lewisville High School girls basketball team won its first playoff game in four years and the Farmers’ boys team won its regular season finale to qualify for a return to the postseason in what was arguably the most impactful week of LHS hoops in a handful of years.
The LHS girls team beat Allen 37-35 in its bi–district playoff opener at RL Turner High School in Carrollton Feb. 10. The Lady Farmers were the only member of District 5-6A to win its bi-district game and played DeSoto in the area round on Friday (results were not available at press time).
The win came in typical fashion for the Lady Farmers, who have won six straight and nine of their last 10 games. Stifling defense held the score down, created turnovers, and sparked a transition offense that saw multiple players contribute with points.
The exciting final game sequence was a microcosm of what has led to LHS’ success. With the game tied, McKenzie Brown scored on a buzzer-beating layup after a steal to clinch the Lady Farmers’ first playoff win since a bi–district win over Colleyville Heritage back in 2013.
“We did what we’ve been doing best,” coach Sally Allsbrook said. “We made sure we were there to help each other on defense, pushed the ball ahead and scored.”
LHS turned on the defensive intensity after falling behind by seven in the third quarter. Allsbrook said the enormity of her players’ first playoff action played on their nerves.
“I feel like the spotlight kind of got to us,” Allsbrook said. “We missed seven or eight wide-open layups early on. The atmosphere was amazing and the adrenaline was intense, but they kept fighting and got it done.”
As usual, LHS shared the ball on offense, with seven players getting in the scorebook. Sophomore Nala Hemingway led all Lewisville scorers with 10 points, while Bowie added eight.
“That’s a true testament to the kind of team we are,” Allsbrook said about the multiple scorers. “They are unselfish, depend on each other and expect greatness from each other.”
After battling 5-6A opponents for the right to advance to the playoffs, the Lady Farmers emerged from the bi–district round as the only survivor from the district— Euless Trinity, LD Bell and Flower Mound all lost to 6–6A opponents.
The Lewisville boys team beat Euless Trinity 60-53 on Tuesday, then took to Twitter for updates on the Flower Mound Marcus-Southlake Carroll game to determine their playoff fate.
Carroll eventually defeated Marcus, elevating the Farmers to a third–place finish in 5-6A. The Farmers, who failed to qualify for the postseason last year, will meet Allen in bi-district action Monday night at The Colony.
A loss to Trinity could have shut LHS out of the playoffs or set up a play-in game. Those fates were avoided because the Farmers won the hard–fought decision that had all the feel of a playoff game.
“I wouldn’t expect anything less at this time of the season,” LHS coach Gary Collier said of the heightened intensity. “Guys were able to step up and close out the game at the end by fighting for rebounds, making their shots, and making clutch free throws.”
Jawuan Lane led all LHS scorers with 21 points. Patrick Bethea added 13 and Marcus Jefferson had 11. Josh Kashila had 16 to lead the Trojans, who played their second consecutive game without UTSA signee Jhivan Jackson.