Ryan coach Brian Beddow is waiting for the floodgates to open and the goals to start pouring out. Until then, a tight — and long overdue — win will do.
AUBREY — The story for Krum was the conductor of its offense, point guard Nick Perches. The senior injured his right ankle last Friday in a win against Gainesville, sat out in Tuesday’s loss to Celina but came back strong for the important District 9-4A contest at Aubrey on Friday.
In a showdown for first place in District 5-5A, the Denton Lady Broncos tried to put their bad luck against Wichita Falls Rider over the past few years behind them by attempting to control play to frustrate the offensively gifted Lady Raiders.
HOWE — Ponder dominated Howe 71-56 on the road to clinch its 11th straight district victory.
On Tuesday against Azle, which is winless in District 5-5A play, Denton was forcing turnovers at its usual high rate.
POTTSBORO — Boosting their district record to 10-0, the Ponder Lions dominated Pottsboro on the road for a 68-41 victory Tuesday.
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — In an overcrowded room of eager coaches and school district officials, Ryan coach Dave Henigan positioned himself in front of a large projection screen.
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — Braswell coach Cody Moore has a long list of things he wants to accomplish before the Bengals open their varsity football schedule in 2016.
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — For a guy who last week said he had no idea where his team would end up in the UIL’s biennial realignment, Lake Dallas coach Michael Young did a good job guessing prior to Monday’s unveiling.
Change is the keyword for what is facing Denton-area high schools following Monday's announcement of the UIL district realignment which begins with the 2016-17 school year and football season.
Ryan has played without at least two of its starters in every game this season, yet continued to get solid play from the rest of its lineup and hadn’t lost heading into Friday’s District 5-6A game against Trophy Club Nelson.
KELLER — A grueling two-overtime game tested Ryan’s endurance Tuesday, but the Raiders refused to give up and came away with a 64-62 victory on the road.
JUSTIN — What a week it’s been for the Guyer basketball program. Early in the week, the Wildcats dealt with the loss of a teammate when junior varsity player Corey West was killed after being hit by a car. All the Wildcats have done since is rally around each other and score two huge wins in District 5-6A, capped by a 60-50 victory over Justin Northwest on Friday at Texan Gym.
Guyer senior guard Zach Garza is the Wildcats’ team captain and lone senior starter. Last year, Garza took neighborhood friend Corey West, then a freshman, under his wing. The two spent time playing basketball at a neighborhood park as Garza tried to teach West what it would take for him to someday be a varsity player for the Wildcats. West never got that chance, as the Guyer sophomore was hit by a car and killed Sunday evening, casting a somber mood over Wildcat Gymnasium on Tuesday as the Wildcats took on first-place Keller in a pivotal District 5-6A matchup. West would be proud of Garza and the Wildcats as they used a ferocious third-quarter surge to hand the Indians their first district loss with a 78-68 decision.
GAINSEVILLE — Due to injury, Argyle’s starting forward Vivian Gray was unable to compete Tuesday night, but that didn’t stop the Lady Eagles from capturing a 64-31 victory on the road against Gainesville.
ARGYLE — Seconds into Friday’s clash between top-five teams, it looked as if Sanger would provide the test to defending Class 4A champion Argyle the state poll would suggest.
WICHITA FALLS — Denton did not slow down after claiming a 41-20 lead over Wichita Falls at halftime — the Broncos came out with even more energy in the third quarter to go on a 42-13 run. Wichita Falls answered back with a strong showing in the fourth quarter, but the Broncos’ intensity throughout the game pushed them to a 74-56 victory Friday.
There were several junctures in Tuesday’s District 5-5A matchup at which Denton coach Harold Jackson told his team to ease up on its defensive pedigree.
With 46 seconds left in Tuesday’s District 5-6A game against Justin Northwest, Ryan faced a two-point deficit and appeared to have breathed some life into its offense. But it was too little, too late on a night when the Raiders could not buy a bucket.
ARGYLE — The Liberty Christian Lady Warriors entered Tuesday’s action ranked No. 1 among large private schools by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. Plano John Paul II moved to No. 25 after a 38-35 loss to No. 5 Plano Prestonwood on Friday.
PONDER — A phenomenal performance from Chase Harris helped notch Ponder’s fourth district victory. Harris finished with a career-high 41 points and Ponder captured a 80-63 win over Howe on Tuesday.