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Basketball: No Carter, no problem as No. 1 Guyer cruises against McKinney

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Alex Kelly, For the Denton Record-Chronicle

No. 1 Guyer kicked off District 6-6A play Friday night against McKinney, but it had to do so without senior Grayson Carter, who sat out with a Grade 1 MCL sprain, according to coach Grant Long.

McKinney was no match for the Wildcats, who got scoring from 10 players and were able to run away with the game, 94-66.

De'Vion Harmon led the way with 18 points, and Le'Tre Darthhard was right behind him with 15 points.

Carter suffered the MCL sprain in Tuesday's win against Rockwall, and Long said Carter should be OK to practice by Monday and that he will play Thursday when Guyer is set to take on Allen.

The Guyer offense still clicked on all cylinders without Carter, and that was something that Long said he was happy to see.

"We were able to share it, we were looking to each other and kicking it ahead, and it was all really spurred off of our defense," Long said. "Once we locked down the defensive end, we were able to get a lot of runouts in transition, and that really helped us tonight."

McKinney's offense struggled at times throughout the game, but it got off to a hot start by making its first 5 shots as it took multiple leads in the first quarter.

The Lions were led by Michael Hartford, who hit five 3-pointers and had a game-high 28 points. However, they were not able to keep up with Guyer (18-0) in the second quarter, when the Wildcats dominated 31-12.

McKinney coach Wes Watson came away from the game with some positives as his Lions team starts district play.

"We play fast, and that kind of aided what Guyer did tonight," Watson said. "What's not really correctable, though, is when a 6-7 dude sticks a 3 in your face. You just have to live with that. There is a reason they are the No. 1 team in the state. They've earned that."

There was physical play throughout the game, with Guyer ending up in the bonus in both halves, and both Guyer and McKinney (7-5) picking up technical fouls after play was called dead.

Watson said McKinney received its technical for "derogatory language" toward a ref, while Guyer received its for delay of game.

Denton Guyer 94, McKinney 66

McKinney 21 12 20 13 -- 66
Denton Guyer 25 31 19 19 -- 94

McKinney (7-5, 0-1 District 6-6A) -- Michael Hartford 28, Dominic St. Leon 9, Byron Schoby 9, Tariq Swanigan 9, Andrew Pitts 5, Cody Hurt 4, Jaydan Gilstrap 2, Aaron Brown 1.

Denton (18-0, 1-0 District 6-6A) -- De'Vion Harmon 18, Le'Tre Darthard 15, Jalen Wilson 13, JaKobe Coles 12, Chris Craig 9, Brandon Bird 9, Tyler Mcghie 6, Gregg Willis 5, Calvin Phillips 4, Cadon Hill 3.