KELLER — Ryan coach Monesha Allen tried several strategies throughout Tuesday’s regional quarterfinal to shut down red-hot Birdville for good. When all that failed, she simply told her team to hold on.
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.
Last month, a red-hot Guyer team got a dose of humility in the form of an upset loss to Plano West. On Tuesday, the first-place Wildcats showed how big the gap might be between themselves and the rest of District 6-6A with a demonstrative 87-59 win over the second-place Wolves.
LITTLE ELM — The Denton Broncos are on a mission: Win a district title with an undefeated record. So far, so good. With a convincing 80-54 victory over Braswell on Tuesday, Denton has at least a share of the District 5-5A title — a feat it hadn’t accomplished since 1991.
Denton is four games into its District 5-5A season and has handled adversity with grace and tenacity. After falling to rival Ryan to open district play, Denton bounced back with a 2-1 win over Sherman and a 3-1 road victory over defending district champ Wichita Falls.
SANGER — No. 1 Argyle put the finishing touches on an undefeated district season and claimed the district championship by knocking off Sanger 74-32 on Tuesday in a season finale.
Feb. 28. That’s when Denton and Wichita Falls will meet again. After they drew to a 2-2 tie Friday at Bronco Field, the stage is set for a second and final showdown that is sure to have significance in the District 5-5A race.
PONDER — The No. 4 Ponder boys pulled off what may have been their closest call of the district season in a 73-67 overtime win over Whitesboro on Friday.
After so many years as childhood friends and being on the same football teams, Ryan’s Tyreke Davis and Delano Robinson are taking different paths as recruits for rival programs North Texas and SMU. And the playful jabs were thrown around early and often during national signing day on Wednesday.