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Girls basketball: No. 2 Plano uses fast start to knock off Guyer in district opener

No. 2 Plano entered Friday night's District 6-6A opener on an eight-game winning streak and quickly showed what's made it one of the state's top teams.

After using a zone defensive scheme to force Guyer into turning the ball over early, Plano (14-2, 1-0 district) coasted to a 57-39 victory over the Lady Wildcats (8-7, 0-1).  

Plano scored 19 points in the first quarter while holding Guyer to five, as the zone look gave the Lady Wildcats all sorts of problems out of the gate. Guyer made a few adjustments, but the slow start crippled the team's chances of opening district play with a win.

"We played well; we just got off to too slow of a start," Guyer coach Aimee Kilgore said. "We dug ourselves a hole and just couldn't get out of it."

While the turnovers made things difficult for the Lady Wildcats to find a rhythm, Plano also has a  trio of players who are all at least 6 feet tall in Lolo Davenport, Katie Ferrell and Emma Halverson. The three combined for 30 points and controlled the rebounding battle.

"It makes it tough to defend," Kilgore said. "You really have to box out, and we have to do a better job of that. They were altering our shots on the offensive end, so we have to recognize that and adjust to it."

Senior A'Lexiss Benton provided the biggest bright spot for the Lady Wildcats in the loss. Benton sparked the offense with a pair of big 3-pointers in the second quarter, and her ability to make plays in transition brought  excitement to the Guyer side of the gym in the second half.

Benton got a steal and took the ball to the basket, but it appeared as though Ferrell was in good defensive position. Benton went around her and finished the play with a crafty up-and-under layup.

The senior finished with a team-high 14 points, bouncing back from a four-point outing in last week's 49-36 win over Flower Mound.

"She's just so explosive," Kilgore said. "She can get to the rack and will, and those are the things we have to have from her. She's so hard to guard."

The Lady Wildcats will return to action Tuesday at Plano East before traveling to McKinney on Friday.

No. 2 Plano 57, Guyer 39

Plano 19 14 11 13 -- 57
Guyer 7 11 8 13 -- 39

Plano (14-2, 1-0 District 6-6A) -- Merritt 9, Davenport 20, Fleites 9, Ferrell 2, Elete 2, Snorton 2, Collins 5, Halverson 8.

Guyer (8-7, 0-1 District 6-6A) -- A'Lexiss Benton 14, Morgan Helgesen 11, Jade Thompson 3, Abbi Williamson 3, Katherine Silvaggio 8.