When Ryan senior Nick Jones knocked down a 3-pointer with about 26 seconds left in Tuesday night’s game against Coppell, he didn’t celebrate.
He turned around, slightly hung his head and jogged down the court. There wasn’t much joy to be found on the faces of the Raiders.
Coppell defeated Ryan 33-16 at Billy Ryan Gym in front of one of the better crowds Ryan’s seen this season.
The Raiders finished the game with more fouls committed (eight) than field goals made (four).
After falling behind early, Ryan was unable to catch up with Coppell. The Raiders have dropped their first two District 5-5A games.
“We dug a hole by a lack of execution early on,” Ryan coach Bryce Overstreet said. “We’re not a team that scores in bunches, so it’s a matter of executing for four quarters.”
By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, it already seemed like the Raiders needed to go completely against the flow of the game to pull off an improbable comeback.
The Raiders had scored only 13 points through the first three quarters and trailed Coppell (12-13, 1-1 district) by 10 points going into the game’s final eight minutes.
Jones’ long-range shot not only produced his only points of the game, but they were Ryan’s only points of the fourth quarter.
It’s become a familiar refrain for Ryan, a team now without the firepower after making it to the Class 4A state tournament last season.
Overstreet’s team spent most of the game looking for brief windows of time when Coppell’s defense was open for a quick basket.
The Raiders (13-8, 0-2) remained patient in the manner in which they attacked the basket, holding on to the ball as best they could before running their offense and finding a shot.
“We knew they were going to stall and we knew they were going to have long possessions, so ultimately us getting the ball inside and getting to the free-throw line, those were big things for us and were able to do that tonight,” Coppell coach Kit Pehl said.
There were few times when Ryan did catch Coppell pressing on defense and the Raiders slipped a player behind the Cowboys’ defense en route to an easy basket.
“It concerned me a little bit that I needed to attack them a little more defensively,” Pehl said. “But when we did, they got a few buckets, so I decided to make them earn it.”
Gilbert Jackson led Ryan with five points.
Coppell’s Cody Carver and Simi Socks each had a game-high eight points.
“Defensively, we’ve been good all year long,” Overstreet said. “It’s a matter of us getting stops. We knew that if we could do that, we’d give ourselves a chance.”
Coppell 36, Ryan 32 (OT)
It looked as if the first team to score 30 points was going to win. Coppell needed overtime to hit that threshold and keep the Lady Raiders from winning their third consecutive district game.
Sydney Overman had all of Coppell’s points in overtime. Seven of Coppell’s nine overtime points came at the free-throw line, a place Ryan coach Monesha Allen had instructed her team to keep the Cowgirls away from.
“I told them, ‘You cannotput them on the line,’” Allen said. “And we did just that. That was the determining factor, is them nailing free throws. Neither one of were really hitting from the perimeter, but they were hitting from the line.”
The Lady Raiders (11-14, 2-2 district) wasted a 16-point performance from senior post player Danielle Richardson. Oral Roberts signee Teana Ogden struggled to make shots but still managed 10 points and seven rebounds. Ogden went 3 of 16 from the field. Tichina Coleman had six points and was the only other Ryan player to score.
Ryan led Coppell (10-18, 1-3) by five points in the fourth quarter, but the Cowgirls rallied. Overman, who also scored 16 points, hit two free throws in the final minute to tie the game at 27.
Ogden missed a shot from the left corner, and Coppell coach Ami Neff argued that in the ensuing scramble for the ball a foul was called before the clock expired. The referee explained the buzzer had sounded before the whistle.
The most field goals Ryan made in any quarter was four.
COPPELL 36, RYAN 32 (OT)
Coppell — Sydney Overman 16, Carina Zhao 11, Catie Galvin 4, Elena Grijalva 4, Kalah Jiggets 1.
Ryan — Danielle Richardson 16, Teana Ogden 10, Tichina Arnold 6.
COPPELL 33, RYAN 16
Coppell — Cody Carver 8, Simi Socks 8, Josh Feitl 5, Matt Behrndt 4, Brandon Watson 3, Calvin Michaelis 2, Josh Heruvin 2.
Ryan — Gilbert Jackson 5, Nick Jones 3, Montarius Banks 3, Trent Willis 2, Allen Grant 2, Quincy Jones 1.