CORINTH — Talk about a bad combination for the Sanger Indians.
The shooters from Carrollton Ranchview seemingly couldn’t miss from 3-point range and the Indians couldn’t make their shots from point-blank range.
The result was Tuesday night’s 59-34 romp by Ranchview in the Class 3A bi-district playoff game at Lake Dallas High.
“We knew that they were probably the best team around at shooting deep 3s,” Sanger coach Robert Sikora said, “and they did a good job.
“We didn’t make our shots at the rim.”
The Wolves, runners-up in District 10-3A, swished a dozen shots from 3-point range, shooting nearly 50 percent (10 for 21) through three quarters while Sanger’s 9-3A third-place finishers hit less than 20 percent (3 for 16) from 2-point range in the first three periods.
Sanger hit 9 of 33 of its field-goal attempts (27 percent) for the game and actually was better from 3-point range (5 for 14, 34 percent) than 2-point range (4 for 19, 21 percent).
But mostly the Indians were behind by sizable margins.
Ranchview, now 11-16 and headed to the second round of the playoffs this weekend, jumped out to a 15-3 lead in the first five minutes. Charles Venters nailed three 3-pointers over that span before finishing with four for a 12-point night.
A driving basket by Brennan Bloom and Joe Doles’ 3-pointer let Sanger cut the gap to 15-8 after one quarter, but the team from Carrollton outscored the Indians 12-3 in the second period and 20-11 in the third to stretch the margin to 25 points at 47-22 entering the final eight minutes of play.
Both clubs emptied their benches in the final period.
Dequcelan Bagby, a 5-foot-4 senior, led Ranchview with 22 points, hitting four 3-pointers like Venters. Donovan Minter hit three treys for the Wolves and also finished with 12 points.
Cody Howard hit four free throws to go with his one 3-ball and led Sanger with seven points. Bloom and Doles each scored six for the Indians, who ended their season with a 15-17 record. Jake Stastny added five points.
Ranchview got seven rebounds from 6-5 sophomore Rodney Hinkle, its only starter over 5-10, and had a slim 34-30 edge over Sanger in that category. The Wolves, who made up for Sanger’s height advantage with accurate shooting and a knack for anticipating Indians passes, forced 13 turnovers while coughing up eight.
“We gave them some offensive rebounds early that gave them some open looks and probably some confidence,” Sikora said. “Their athleticism probably caused us to rush a little when we had it at the rim.”
After going 10-20 a year ago, Sikora said his 2012-13 Indians “definitely improved” in the season just ended.
“We beat a lot of 4A teams and three state-ranked 2A teams [Ponder, Winnsboro and Jim Ned]. We played a pretty tough schedule, same as Ranchview did, or we’d both have winning records.
“But I thought we made progress and we’ll continue to make progress.”
CARROLLTON RANCHVIEW 59, SANGER 34
Ranchview (11-16) — Charles Venters 12, Dequcelan Bagsby 22, Raghib Ismail 3, Sunny Shankar 2, Donovan Minter 12, Tremaine Hall 2, Rodney Hinkle 4, Nick Reed-Warren 2.
Sanger (15-17) — Cody Howard 7, Wyatt Broxson 2, Tanner Thomas 3, Brennan Bloom 6, Joe Doles 6, Jake Stastny 5, Tyler Roelofs 4, Terrance Watts 1.