Guyer coach Grant Long figured his team needed one more pep talk before Tuesday night’s District 5-4A game against Lake Dallas. But rather than do it himself, he called in some backup.
Long ended up bringing in Guy Earle, a chaplain for Guyer athletics, whose impassioned speech did the trick as the Wildcats rolled to a 63-48 win over the Falcons in a much-needed bounce-back game from last week’s 15-point loss to Trophy Club Nelson.
“He [Earle] talked about greatness, what it means to be great and how we need to strive for greatness in everything we do and leave it all out on the court,” Guyer senior Miles Crawford said. “I could see it in everyone’s eyes, even during the walk-through and warm-up. We were going to strive for greatness tonight.”
Guyer (9-7, 3-1 district) outscored Lake Dallas 20-8 in the second quarter to blow open a six-point lead after the first eight minutes. Crawford scored 10 of his 16 points in that frame, including two of his three 3-pointers. Sean Choate scored 18 to lead the Wildcats.
“It was a total team effort tonight, everyone got a chance to score and the biggest thing was that everyone was accountable in making sure our effort and intensity were there,” Long said. “I thought we lost focus for just a little bit in the third quarter, but then our defense took over.”
The Falcons (7-10, 0-4) got 21 points from Reality Jackson and another 19 from Josh Jackson. Both combined for 14 of the team’s 18 third-quarter points to cut Guyer’s 18-point halftime lead in half by the start of the fourth.
But the Wildcats opened the fourth on an 11-2 run, led by Choate’s six points, for a 57-39 lead.
Guyer only trailed once on the night. After turning the ball over on three straight possessions to start the game behind 3-0, the Wildcats rattled off an 11-0 run and never looked back.
While the Wildcats were bouncing back, Lake Dallas is still looking for its first district win.
“Our guys were tired; it took a lot of effort to cut the lead to nine the way we did, and we simply didn’t have anything left,” Lake Dallas coach Josh Welch said. “This was still a good night for us because we’ve been preaching effort and we got that tonight. You can look at the 0-4 record, but this district is tough and I think we are still in it. This should get us back on track.”
Guyer 52, Lake Dallas 35
Guyer pushed its District 5-4A win streak to five games on Tuesday with a lopsided win over Lake Dallas.
The Lady Wildcats (15-3, 5-1 in district) outscored the Lady Falcons 15-4 in the second quarter and extended a nine-point halftime lead to as many as 19 late in the third quarter.
The Lady Falcons (5-12, 1-5) pressured Guyer into some early mistakes and led by two after the first quarter, but wasn’t able to maintain that form the rest of the way. Lake Dallas has lost eight of their last nine games.
“We struggled early, but all the credit for that goes to their coach and the way he prepared his girls,” Guyer coach Harold Colson said. “In the second quarter, the kids started to figure things out and started taking what they [Lake Dallas] were giving us.”
Quamese Moss and Jada Calloway led Guyer with 12 points each. Bre Wickware poured in nine points.
Lake Dallas, which had two freshman and two sophomores in its starting lineup, was led by Sophia Jackson’s 17 points. Taylor Davis added 10 points for the Lady Falcons.
Guyer 63, Lake Dallas 48
Guyer (9-7, 3-1) — Bryson Erby 6, Josh Jordan 5, Mitchell Willard 3, Sean Choate 18, Alex Partridge 4, Xavier Brown 2, Shelton Childress 2, Miles Crawford 16, Kason Kilgore 2, Gordon Hill 5.
Lake Dallas (7-10, 0-4) — Josh Jackson 19, Reality Jackson 21, Conner Haile 2, Tim Gowans 6.
Guyer 52, Lake Dallas 35
Guyer (15-3, 5-1) — Quamese Moss 12, Bre Wickware 9, Ali Downard 3, Jada Calloway 12, Sarah Mack 8, Ola Akinniyi 2, Zakira Green 4, Madison Franklin 2.
Lake Dallas (5-12, 1-5) — Taylor Davis 10, Ashley Hayes 3, Sophia Jackson 17, Kaitlyn Gholston 3, Brielle Brown 2.