With only a handful of games left before the start of District 6-6A play, Guyer coach Aimee Kilgore was hoping her team could finally string together four solid quarters of basketball Monday at crosstown rival Denton.
That didn't happen. But the first three quarters were more than enough to cruise to a lopsided win.
The Lady Wildcats got 14 points from sophomore Jade Thompson, 11 coming in the first half, and scored 51 points through the first three quarters en route to a 53-28 win. Nine players scored for Guyer, which was outscored 14-2 in the final eight minutes.
"We'll have games where there will be three good quarters and another that's not so good," said Kilgore, whose team improved to 5-6. "We only have three games left before district, so we have to do a better job of that."
With that said, Kilgore didn't have too much to complain about. Her defense held Denton (2-6) to five or fewer points in each of the first three quarters. Denton senior Jamie Means, a Louisiana-Monroe commit, matched Thompson's 14 points, but 11 of Means' points came in the fourth with the game already out of reach.
A'Lexiss Benton scored nine points for Guyer. Katherine Silvaggio added eight and Callie Boyles six.
Beyond Means, the next high scorer for Denton was Taylor Pierce with six points.
The teams traded blows early. But after Pierce tied the score early in the first quarter, Guyer went on a 35-5 run to close the half. That stretch included three 3-pointers, including back-to-back treys from Silvaggio to put her team ahead by 23 points.
Guyer finished with five 3-pointers.
"We're doing a great job sharing the ball right now," Kilgore said. "We are making good passes and our defense is playing great. We just have to do that for four quarters. It's going to be important once district starts."
Denton 62, McKinney North 50
Brandon Coleman scored 20 points and was one of three players to reach double figures for Denton, which rallied in its season opener against McKinney North.
Denton trailed by four at halftime but opened the third with a dominating 19-5 run to reclaim a lead it would never relinquish. With Coleman leading the charge in the paint, Joseph Frisby was a terror from the outside and finished with 14 points. He converted on four 3-pointers, two in the third quarter.
C.J. Luster came off the bench and scored 11 points for Denton.
"I think we have guys who can score, and we feed off being able to get the ball inside," Denton coach Harold Jackson said. "We just have to continue to find mismatches."
The Broncos jumped out to an 11-2 lead but were outscored 18-5 in the second quarter.
North got 13 points from Maliek Perry and 10 apiece from Keith Williams and Chris Bucy. North went on to score 16 points in the third, but Denton poured in 27 and led by 15 midway through the fourth quarter.
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Guyer 53, Denton 28
Guyer (5-6) — Jade Thompson 14, A'Lexiss Benton 9, Katherine Silvaggio 8, Callie Boyles 6, Jaidyn Johnson 5, Ashley Griffin 4, Charlotte Pyle 3, Morgan Helgesen 2, Abbi Wiliamson 2.
Denton (2-6) — Jamie Means 14, Taylor Pierce 6, Taylor Howell 5, Alex Bradley 3.
Denton 62, McKinney North 50
McKinney North (0-2) — Maliek Perry 13, Keith Williams 10, Chris Bucy 10, Todd Jones 6, Nick Partee 6, Nick Harris 3, Austin Dodd 2.
Denton (1-0) — Brandon Coleman 20, Joseph Frisby 14, C.J. Luster 11, Trayvon Brockington 9, Arbin Fera 6, Jaylin Johnson 2.