COMMERCE — After a slow-paced game against a Bullard team that hit more 3-pointers than 2-point field goals in Friday’s regional semifinal, Argyle coach Skip Townsend and his team knew what was waiting for them in Saturday’s final with a trip to the Class 4A state tournament on the line.
The Aubrey Lady Chaparrals wrapped up play in the North Texas Invitational with a 5-0 record in the round-robin format with shutout victories against Ponder (6-0) and Bland (15-0) on Saturday.
KELLER — For the second straight playoff game, the Denton Broncos found themselves in a tense, back-and-forth battle. Denton escaped the bi-district round with Tyrus Johnson’s magical 3 in overtime Tuesday, but on Friday in the Class 5A area round, the Bronco magic ran out.
ROWLETT — Pilot Point had a great look at the basket at the end. The ball just didn’t go in the hole.
Krum dominated in its Friday games at Ryan’s Tina Minke tournament, beating Spruce and Ryan by a combined 25 runs in two shutouts. Before losing to Krum 7-0 in the second game of the day, Ryan knocked off Irving Nimitz 17-10.
PRINCETON — Pilot Point coach Jeff Price says his Bearcats have depended on senior Jaron Wilson all season. In Tuesday’s Class 3A Region II bi-district playoff game, they leaned on him some more. Pilot Point rode Wilson’s 16 points to a 45-35 victory over Leonard at Princeton.
LEWISVILLE — Facing the No. 2-ranked team in the state can feel like a tall task. For Krum, that task was too much to handle as defending Class 4A state champion Dallas Lincoln ran up and down the court at will en route to a 77-33 victory Monday night against the Bobcats at Lewisville High School.
The race to UIL basketball gold begins this week for seven Denton-area boys teams while the Ryan and Argyle are the only two area girls teams still alive in the third round of the state playoffs with regional tournament berths on the line Tuesday night.
AUSTIN — At the biggest meet of the season, all three Denton ISD swimmers set personal bests in Friday’s Class 5A state swim meet, and Braswell’s Alexa Barnes also was able to qualify for Saturday’s finals.
WHITESBORO — The Aubrey Lady Chaparrals improved to 4-1 on the season as they picked up wins in three of their first four games to open up the Whitesboro tournament. Aubrey beat Tom Bean 2-0 and Pottsboro 15-9 on Thursday before knocking off Valley View 16-8 on Friday.
The Denton Lady Broncos remained unbeaten in the regular season and picked up their third straight win Friday night, cruising past Braswell 5-0.
KELLER — What Ryan saw out of Saginaw Chisholm Trail on Tuesday looked nothing like what the team saw on film. The result was a back-and-forth playoff opener that saw the Lady Raiders do just enough to eke out a 57-50 win and secure the program’s first playoff victory since 2011. Traeli Calhoun led all scorers with 23 points.
PLANO — It took Guyer nearly eight minutes to claim its first lead in Tuesday night’s regular-season finale against Plano East. Then, in seemingly the blink of an eye, the Wildcats had a double-digit lead as they used a furious first-half run to bury the Panthers and claim a 76-51 win at Archie E. McAfee Gymnasium.
FLOWER MOUND — It was a two-woman show Tuesday as Dallas Lincoln’s Kennedy Taylor and Jayla Johnson scored almost at will against Krum’s defense.
KELLER — Denton coach Erin Taylor told her team Saginaw Boswell was everything it was cracked up to be heading into Tuesday’s first-round playoff game. The advance warning didn’t do any good.
CARROLLTON — It took some time for No. 1 Argyle to get back into the swing of things, but the Lady Eagles eventually got rolling on their way to a dominating 83-29 win against Dallas Pinkston in a Class 4A bi-district playoff game.
FRISCO — The Ponder Lady Lions had only three players on this year’s team who played in last season’s playoff game, and on Monday, it looked as if their inexperience might catch up to them in their bi-district playoff match against Leonard.
The coaching shuffle at North Texas last week has impacted the Ryan football team. Junior defensive tackle Dayton LeBlanc, whose father, Derrick LeBlanc, is on his way to Kentucky after one year as the Mean Green’s defensive line coach, also is leaving after just one season with the Raiders.
Screams roared through a Denton High locker room following Round 2 of the crosstown rivalry between Denton and Ryan. After the Broncos won an overtime thriller at Ryan on Jan. 17 to improve their District 5-5A record to 5-0, it was the Raiders who enjoyed the celebration Friday.
There were a good amount of Ryan faithful still celebrating on Denton’s court Friday when the gym lights turned off, then flicked back on a second or two later. The game had only been over for 10 to 15 minutes, so maybe it was just some kid who leaned up against the switch on accident.
WICHITA FALLS — The Denton girls soccer team improved to 13-0-2 with a 2-1 win against Wichita Falls Rider on Friday night.