(1/26/2017) The Lewisville High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams each split a pair of district contests this past week, setting up crucial matchups with rival Flower Mound Marcus on Friday, Jan. 27.
The LHS girls’ team dropped a competitive 42-34 decision at state-ranked Euless Trinity Friday, but bounced back with a 36-34 win over Southlake Carroll at LHS Arena the following Tuesday. The mid-week win improved the Lady Farmers District 5-6A record to 6-4, which is good for a fourth-place tie with Marcus.
The Lady Farmers held Carroll scoreless over the final 4:43 of Tuesday’s game, and took the lead for good when Amani Alston scored the last points of the contest on an assist from Shekinah Green with 48 seconds remaining. The team then held the Lady Dragons scoreless on three possessions to close out the game.
“The end of game sequence was a real test for our team and they passed,” LHS coach Sally Allsbrook said. “We struggled to score. We do best when we run, and Southlake did a good job of setting us up in a half court situation, which is something we don’t want to do.”
McKenzie Brown led LHS in scoring with 11 points, most in the open court before Carroll could establish its defense. Her three-pointer 30 seconds into the fourth quarter pulled the Lady Farmers within two points.
Alston led LHS with eight points against Trinity. Green added seven and Brown had six in a game featuring 20 points from Trinity’s Trinity Oliver, who is committed to Baylor.
With sixth-place Trophy Club Byron Nelson four games behind LHS and Marcus, Friday Jan. 27’s game against the Lady Marauders was expected to go a long way in determining the front-runner for the district’s final playoff position. Results of the game were not available at press time but can be found at @lewisvilletexan on Twitter.
Like the Lady Farmers, the LHS boys team was plagued by ineffective offense against Carroll. Unlike the girls, they weren’t able to stay close enough to have a chance at the end and dropped a 48-37 decision on Tuesday.
The loss came on the heels of an impressive 66-65 win over district third place Trinity the previous Friday.
The Farmers scored only 10 first-half points against Carroll, rallied for 18 in the third quarter to pull within nine, but struggled to possess the ball in the final quarter as the Dragons ran an efficient slow-down offense in order to milk their lead.
“We knew that Carroll was the type of team that we needed to get ahead of to give yourself a chance because they execute so well,” LHS coach Gary Collier said. “We actually did what we wanted to do, we just weren’t able to make any baskets. We had tons of missed layups and open threes.”
Patrick Bethea, Jawuan Lane and Jydonn Griffith each scored nine points to lead the Farmers against Carroll. Dragon forward Jack McBride paced Carroll with 17 points despite a decided physical disadvantage against Griffith.
Bethea and Lane each scored 16 points to lead LHS against Trinity. Point guard Marcus Jefferson added 11 for the Farmers. UT-San Antonio signee Jhivan Jackson led Trinity with 28.
The LHS boys team was 15-8 after the games and entered Friday night’s matchup in a three-way tie for 5-6A’s fourth place with Carroll and Marcus. The Lady Farmers were 14-12 going into the game against the Lady Marauders.