Basketball: Nelson defeats Guyer in battle for first

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TROPHY CLUB — Despite digging itself an early hole in Friday’s District 5-4A clash with Trophy Club Nelson, it seemed as though Guyer still had everything under control.

But as quick as the Wildcats battled back to trail by two at halftime, the Bobcats abruptly shut the door and reminded everyone that they, too, are a force to be reckoned with in the district.

The Bobcats rolled to a 62-47 win thanks to a third-quarter surge during which they outscored Guyer 16-5.

“I think tonight was all about our effort and intensity, and I just think they [Nelson] wanted it more,” Guyer coach Grant Long said. “They had 19 offensive rebounds, and we had somewhere around 19 turnovers and missed 11 free throws. It’s tough to win with that many points going in off things that we can control. We’ll battle back and have a better performance in the rest of our games. I can promise you that.”

The Wildcats (8-7, 2-1 district) came in ranked No. 11 in Class 4A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. They were tied for first place in the district with the Bobcats (15-5, 3-0) and Fort Worth Brewer.

Nelson won last year’s initial district meeting before Guyer battled back to win the rematch. Both teams made the playoffs, but those games were settled by an average margin of seven points.

This year’s Bobcats have won 11 of their last 12 games and on Friday jumped out to an 8-0 lead. Guyer’s game unraveled in the third when Ethan Davis and Thomas Williams scored off back-to-back turnovers as part of a 12-3 run that gave Nelson a 43-30 lead heading into the final eight minutes.

Williams finished with 19 points. Emmanuel Nzekwesi and Davis added 15 and 12 points, respectively.

“We don’t panic early because we know we’re going to move the ball around and make shots fall, but the biggest thing to me was the offensive rebounds Nelson got throughout the game,” Long said. “Every 50-50 ball, they got it. They also came away with every loose ball. They wanted it more. Shots we normally knock down, we couldn’t.”

A bright spot for Guyer was Miles Crawford, who scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half. Trailing by 17 late in the fourth, Crawford scored 10 of his team’s final 11 points. Josh Jordan added 14 points.

 

Girls

Guyer 45, Trophy Club Nelson 42

Jada Calloway drilled a 3-pointer with 2:07 left and Guyer held Trophy Club Nelson scoreless the rest of the way for a big District 5-4A win.

The Lady Wildcats (14-3, 4-1) had a three-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but found themselves trailing the Lady Bobcats (16-5, 3-2) by two points with 2:29 left.

Nelson buckled down the stretch, though, and one possession later Calloway went unguarded and flicked up the go-ahead 3 in the corner near her team’s bench.

“I wish I could say I drew the play up that way and call myself a genius, but that was all on the girls,” Guyer coach Harold Colson said. “It’s good to get the win. These girls play hard and are scrappy.”

Nelson had its chances to steal the win, but a pass down low with 32 seconds left slipped through the hands of Dakesha Butler and out of bounds. With Guyer leading by three, Nelson’s Tralyn Woodard could not get off a last-ditch 3-pointer as time expired.

The Lady Bobcats are 0-3 all-time against Guyer, which boasts a four-game district win streak.

Guyer senior Quamese Moss led all scorers with 16 points while freshman Lauren Heard added 12.

Trophy Club Nelson 62, Guyer 47

Guyer

13

12

5

17

47

Trophy Club Nelson

16

11

16

19

62

Guyer (8-7, 2-1) — Josh Jordan 14, Miles Crawford 17, Mitchell Willard 2, Sean Choate 7, Gordon Hill 2, Kason Kilgore 5.

Nelson ( 15-5, 3-0) — Emmanuel Nzekwesi 15, Thomas Williams 19, Ethan Davis 12, Jeremiah Taylor 7, Jack Nobles 4, Brandon Dale 3, Kadeem Ellington 2.

Guyer 45, Trophy Club Nelson 42

Guyer

12

9

13

11

45

Trophy Club Nelson

10

12

9

11

42

Guyer (14-3, 4-1) — Lauren Heard 12, Bre Wickware 6, Madison Franklin 2, Jada Calloway 5, Quamese Moss 16, Ola Akinniyi 4.

Nelson (16-5, 3-2) — Tralyn Woodard 13, Lindsay Olson 2, Sydney Smallwood 9, Dakesha Butler 6, Haley Vaitai 4, Shaila Wolter 5, Madison Edwards 3.


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