Lady Farmers win two consecutive basketball games, boys team defeated

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Sophomore Nala Hemingway dribbles the ball towards the home basket. (Photo by Maritza Quintero)

The Lewisville High School girls basketball team swept two opponents to close out the first half of its district season and the boys team dropped two consecutive games, but both squads remain firmly entrenched in the middle of the District 5-6A standings.

The Lady Farmers defeated Hebron 42-29 last Friday, then followed up the win with a 43-32 victory over Flower Mound on Tuesday to move into a third place tie in 5-6A. They rode a three-game winning streak into Friday night’s game against district-leading, state-ranked Euless Trinity.

“The girls are hitting their stride,” LHS girls coach Sally Allsbrook said Thursday night. “They are responding to what we are asking, executing our game plans, and trusting each other.”

Amani Alston scored only six points for LHS against Flower Mound, but it was the three-point play that she executed in the fourth quarter that sparked the Lady Farmers. An Alston steal led to a layup in which she was fouled. Her converted free throw tied the game and LHS went on to score 15 of the game’s final 17 points.

“Amani’s play really electrified our bench and the girls on the floor,” Allsbrook said. “Prior to that, both teams had responded to the other team’s momentum, but our big run came on the heels of that play.”

Junior McKenzie Bowie celebrates after a victory over Flower Mound during the game in Lewisville on Jan. 17, 2017. Lewisville won 43-32. (Photo by Anthony Mazur)
Sophomore Nala Hemingway celebrates after a victory over Flower Mound during the game in Lewisville on Jan. 17. Lewisville won 43-32. (Photo by Anthony Mazur)

Nala Hemingway led all LHS scorers with 14 points. McKenzie Bowie added 13 for the Lady Farmers, who scored only three points in the first quarter.

LHS jumped out to a 12-5 first quarter advantage en route to their win over Hebron. Kennedi Lankford led the Lady Farmers with 16 points.

District 5-6A is playing true to form at the top of the girls standings. State-ranked Trinity and Hurst LD Bell currently hold down the first two positions, with the surprising Lady Farmers leading a group of teams battling for the next two spots.

Hebron snapped the LHS boys’ six-game winning streak with a 70-54 win last Friday. The Farmers then dropped a 45-38 decision to Flower Mound on Tuesday. They were in a three-way fourth place tie heading into Friday night’s game at Trinity.

Junior Jydonn Griffith goes to score a basket as a defender of the opposing team blocks him. (Photo by Maritza Quintero)
Junior Jydonn Griffith goes to score a basket as a defender of the opposing team blocks him.
(Photo by Maritza Quintero)

Post Jydonn Griffith was plagued with foul trouble, stayed off the floor for extended periods of time, and combined for only 10 points in the two games. His absence forced the Farmers to alter their game plan in both contests.

“We’re a much better team with him on the floor. We can do so many more things,” Collier said of Griffith. “We’ve tried to run zone defenses to keep him out there, but it’s really not who we are and hasn’t been very effective.”

The Farmers managed to get scoring out of only four players against Flower Mound. Marcus Jefferson led the team with 12 points, Patrick Bethea had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds and Jawuan Lane played through an ankle injury to score 11 more.

Lane led the Farmers with 17 points against Hebron.

Update: Previously this article misidentified a basketball player as McKenzie Bowie. The caption has been updated to the correct name.