Denton coach Harold Jackson doesn’t care who starts, as long as the Broncos come away with a victory. After every Denton player scored Tuesday in 63-39 victory over Fort Worth Brewer, the second-place Broncos are poised to do damage in the second half of District 5-4A play.
“I don’t have any problems starting anybody on my roster. All guys contribute and all guys are fighting for minutes,” Jackson said. “I thought that tonight, for the first time all year, that our depth paid off for us. Our starting lineup isn’t that important; it’s the guys on the floor that finish the game. All guys contributed, and I am extremely proud of them.”
Denton (8-13, 3-1 District 5-4A) played its up-tempo, aggressive defense that forced the Bears into several turnovers and long-distance shots.
Offensively, the Broncos were led by Manny Patterson’s 15 points and Adarian Harris’ 10 points.
“We came out and played really hard,” Jackson said. “We forced them into some turnovers, which forced them into quicker shots than they wanted to take. We rebounded really well, which allowed us to get out into transition. We got about eight to 10 points off missed shots and pushing it down the floor to get the layup.”
The Broncos shot out to a 12-2 lead just 3:41 into the game as Patterson helped finish off transition opportunities with six early points. Wendell Williams banked in a runner as time expired to give the Broncos a 15-9 advantage after the first quarter.
Denton led 28-21 at halftime after DeRodney Thomas hit a baseline jumper at the buzzer.
Greg Helt’s layup gave the Broncos their largest lead of the night at 45-31 late in the third quarter, and the Broncos outscored the Bears 18-6 in the final frame to secure their third district win.
Jackson said the district is wide open and he isn’t ready to anoint any favorites.
“It’s a long road,” Jackson said. “There are no champions or losers right now. Anybody can get hot and roll through district. I think our district is very competitive. So we are just taking it one game at a time. One of our goals was to win every district home game, and we did tonight.
“We haven’t gotten halfway through district yet. We still have to work extremely hard and prepare for our opponents.”
Denton 60, Fort Worth Brewer 23
The Lady Broncos earned their first District 5-4A win with their best offensive output of the season.
Normally relying on their defensive pressure, the Lady Broncos broke out of their scoring drought with transition offense and overall execution.
Myesha Taylor, who led all scorers with 16 points, showed an aggression that Denton has been searching for this season when it comes to finishing plays.
“Myesha really had a game today,” Denton coach Dennis Krishka said. “She only missed one shot. She was seven out of eight from the floor, and that was big for us.”
The Lady Broncos took advantage of a distinct height advantage to score in the paint.
“Our post girls really had a good game,” Krishka said. “We haven’t been getting much out of the post. Victoria [Amadi] got seven [points] for us and [Jordan] Mazziotta got seven.”
Denton (6-16, 1-5) jumped out to a 13-0 lead with Taylor’s five points providing a boost, and the Lady Broncos finished the first quarter up 15-1.
The Lady Broncos’ improved ball movement, transition defense and inbounds execution helped attribute for a 20-9 second-quarter scoring advantage.
“We’ve been in every ball game in the first half. What matters for us is to close things in the second half. We’ve had such a struggle scoring that getting down six or eight points is like being down like 15 or 16,” Krishka said. “If we can ingrain in them that we have the ability to come back and score buckets in bunches like that, that’s not going to be such a big thing for them.”
Denton started the second half just as efficiently as it did the first half, with a 10-0 run that put the Lady Broncos ahead 45-10.
Denton outscored the Lady Bears 25-13 in the second half, with several Lady Broncos getting increased playing time down the stretch.
Krishka said he hopes that the Lady Broncos are learning how to win and that they will be able do it in close games.
“We have been playing good enough defense that I thought we could have won a couple more ballgames, but the shots just weren’t going down,” Krishka said. “Hopefully, tonight will be the start off our offensive confidence picking up.”
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DENTON 63, FORT WORTH BREWER 39
Fort Worth Brewer — J. Noulas 11, T. Ford 10, C. Brown 7, G. Regnolds 4, M. Hamza 3, D. Vilaras 2, J. Waters 1, C. Dixon 1.
Denton — Manny Patterson 15, Adarian Harris 10, DeRodney Thomas 7, Greg Helt 6, Chavis Johnson 6, Wendall Williams 5, Deamonte Hughes 4, Ryan Daniels 3, Romeo Purvis 3, Erik Dixon 2, Michael Jackson 2.
DENTON 60, FORT WORTH BREWER 23
Fort Worth Brewer
Fort Worth Brewer — Davis 9, Johnson 5, Foster 3, Deadman 2, Rhodes 2, Monroe 2.
Denton — Myesha Taylor 16, Mariah Seastrunk 12, Victoria Amadi 7, Jordan Mazziotta 7, April Pena 6, Lyric King 6, LaNeisha Hudspeth 4, Le’andra Johnson 2.