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Girls basketball: Denton girls dominate Sherman, lose leading scorer Means to injury

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By Alex Kelly, For the Denton Record-Chronicle

A dominant win by Denton to open District 5-5A play almost felt hollow as its leading scorer hobbled off the court late in the game.

The Lady Broncos beat Sherman 48-23 behind 18 points from senior Jamie Means, who seemed to come down awkwardly after committing a foul on Sherman junior Libby Ticknor.

She was unable to put much weight on her left leg coming off the court, and she was seen after the game with ice on her knee and walking normally.

The injury did not worry Denton coach Erin Taylor too much.

"She's fine. I think it was just a little hamstring tug, but I think she will be OK with just a little ice tonight and rest tomorrow." Taylor said.

One of the biggest keys to the win was the swarming defense Denton applied throughout the game, which resulted in Sherman committing 17 turnovers. However, with the physical style of defense came with a fair share of fouls, which sent Sherman to the free throw line often, but the Lady Bearcats converted on only six of their 12 attempts from the line.

Taylor pointed to the takeaways and offensive rebounding as the biggest keys to Denton's win.

"One of the things that we have tried to stress more than anything else has been rebounding and blocking out." Coach Taylor said. "Making teams a one-shot-and-done team, not letting them get two or three shots at the basket, and I think that was a key component to our success tonight."

The Sherman defense started out the game with a 2-3 zone defense with the sole purpose of the bottom three players being able to double either 6-2 Eden Davis, who finished with two points, or 6-2 Jamie Means.

Most of the time, though, it was up to Sherman Libby Ticknor, who is only 5-5 and finished with a team-high seven points, to guard Davis or Means down on the blocks with help defense occasionally, which led to multiple offensive rebounds for Denton and easy putbacks.

Sherman started to switch to a man defense toward the end of the game, which led to breakdowns in coverage and easy layups for the Lady Broncos as they pulled away late.

Denton will continue its district schedule Friday at home against Wichita Falls, while Sherman will go on the road again Friday to take on Braswell.

Denton 48, Sherman 23

Sherman 7 1 6 9 -- 23
Denton 14 12 12 10 -- 48

Sherman (2-10) - Libby Ticknor 7, Alaura Andrews 6, Olivia Birdel 6, Jaylen Edmondson 2, Kamdyn Klingsict 2.

Denton (7-7, 2-0) -- Jamie Means 18, Kylie Scott 6, Madison Pritchard 4, Taylor Pierce 4, Melissa

Rwehumbiza 4, Eden Davis 2, Katorya Rogers 2.