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Girls basketball: Marcus headed to regional quarters, Lewisville and Flower Mound fall
By Justin Thomas, Jthomas@starlocalnews.com
The lone District 5-5A girls basketball team remaining in the postseason is Marcus after the Lady Marauders knocked off state-ranked Killeen Ellison (No. 11) Friday in Waco, 47-35.
Vanessa Jones led all scorers with 13 points to go with six rebounds for Marcus, while Morgan Easley and Sierra Bone chipped in eight points apiece to go with seven and eight rebounds, respectively.
"We started off pretty fast, but overall I think it came down to heart," said Fred Jones, Marcus head coach. "The girls were aggressive, tough and played with a will to win. We upped the pressure and did a great job on the boards, too."
"We started to slowly pull away," Jones added. "I think a big part was that we intimidated in the paint. We drew six charges as a team and really got them in foul trouble."
Jenna Davis drew a pair of offensive fouls and led the Lady Marauders with nine boards.
Marcus continues at a time and place to be determined Tuesday in the Region I Quarterfinals against Mansfield Timberview.
The Lady Marauders were coming off a convincing win Tuesday in the bi-district round against Irving MacArthur, 64-51.
Marcus jumped on the Lady Cardinals from the opening tip, claiming a 16-4 advantage after the first quarter. The team extended the lead in the second before the squads settled in for a back-and-forth final quarter where they combined for 51 points.
Ashley James scored a team-high 16 points, while Morgan Easley and Vanessa Jones chipped in 13 apiece. Alex Lapeyrolerie contributed 10.
For MacArthur, Tory Jacobs posted a game-high 35 points.
Girls basketball: Lewisville shocks Heritage in first round
One week ago, the playoff hopes for Lewisville's girls basketball team were slim, as the Lady Farmers needed a win to get in and were trailing Coppell by 18 points at halftime.
Less than a week later, the squad was waiting to see who its area round opponent would be.
Lewisville carried the momentum from its stunning comeback into Monday's bi-district round matchup against Colleyville Heritage (13-1 and first in District 6-5A), where they pulled off another shocker by upending the Lady Panthers, 37-34.
Jada Butts scored the game-winning points on a layup off a handoff with less than 40 seconds remaining and the Lady Farmers avoided a potential game-tying shot from Heritage when they forced a loose ball and Precious Agu was there to recover it.
"I am so excited," said Charlotte Jones, Lewisville head coach. "What a great win."
Butts paced the team with 10 points, while Monisha Neal scored nine and Nikeia Scott contributed six.
Jones said defense and rebounding was key in not only slowing Heritage's attack, but in creating their own offense.
"The defense became the offense," she said. "It was crucial. We were getting our hands on a lot of balls and that was the turning point. We would get the rebound and chuck it down court. We were running [Heritage]."
Jones added that while Lewisville trailed by four in the final quarter, the team didn't get discouraged.
Lewisville's run ended Friday in the area round, however, as the Farmers came up short against Mansfield Timberview, 67-49. The Lady Wolves entered the contest ranked No. 13 in the state by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
Lewisville, which surged out to a 7-1 lead early in the first, trailed by just seven in the fourth but the momentum swung when Butts fouled out. Timberview went on to ice the game at the free throw line.
"We actually got their point guard in a little foul trouble and were doing a great job of isolating and penetrating," Jones said. "But when Jada fouled out for us, that was the difference."
Neal did her best to keep the Lady Farmers close, finishing with a game-high 27 points.
"Mo was awesome," Jones said. "Offense, defense, in the post, playing point, she did everything to keep us within distance."
But while rebounding was a strength Monday, it cost Lewisville Friday.
"Our boxing out was horrible," Jones added.
Timberview was paced by a balanced attack that saw four players in double figures, including 19 from Terriell Bradley.
"They have a deep team," Jones said. "They could all shoot and they all made their free throws late."
Girls basketball: Lady Jags eliminated
After claiming the District 5-5A title and breaking a two-year playoff drought, Flower Mound's girls basketball team had designs on making a deep playoff push.
Cedar Hill had other plans, eliminating the Lady Jaguars Friday, 50-36.
For the game, Flower Mound shot just 28 percent from the field and 50 percent at the foul line.
"We just didn't shoot well," said Sherika Nelson, Flower Mound head coach. "It wasn't really our defense. I actually thought we did a pretty good job of containing them. But I think they might have intimidated us in the paint a little bit and we forced shots. And we had too many turnovers in the first half and dug a hole."
The Lady Jaguars trailed after one quarter, 6-5, before the Lady Longhorns began to create distance.
Ashley Deary paced Flower Mound with 18 points, while Jada Terry notched a game-high 20 for Cedar Hill.
The Lady Jaguars weren't at their finest Monday either but had enough in the tank to get past Grapevine in a bi-district round contest at Ranchview, 57-47.
Lauren Cox led the Lady Jaguars with 18 points, while Deary contributed 13 and Courtney Fields chipped in 10.
For Grapevine, Madyson Broussard recorded a team-high 17 points.
Flower Mound led at halftime, 30-19, before seeing Grapevine get to within six in the second half.
"We played well in spurts," Nelson said. "But it wasn't our best game. We were up 10 and they made a couple of runs, but each time we had the answer. Our defense really stepped up when we needed it to."
Nelson acknowledged the squad could improve on its own shot selection though.
"We got stops when we needed, but we forced a lot on offense," she said. "We need to be a little more patient. But I think a lot of that was nerves. Other than Ashley, it was the first playoff game for everyone on the team."
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