CORINTH — The previous meeting between Denton and Lake Dallas saw the Broncos leap out to a double-digit lead that the Falcons clawed their way into.
The Falcons and Lake Dallas coach Josh Welch remember that game and wanted to get some revenge. They did so with a 61-56 victory Tuesday as Reality Jackson (20 points) and Josh Jackson (19) combined for 39 points.
“It’s funny how when you play a team close to you the energy that they bring,” Welch said. “Against Azle, we didn’t have that energy. We came out with the victory, but just them having ‘Denton’ on the front of their jerseys and them beating us twice last year and once this year — with two out of the three games being close — we wanted to redeem ourselves.”
The Falcons (10-11, 3-5 District 5-4A) fell in their first meeting with Denton 72-66, but this time around they held a 12-8 lead after the first quarter and a 31-30 lead at halftime behind Josh Jackson’s 15 first-half points, including a couple of dunks and key steals to keep the Broncos out of their traditional transition game.
“He’s a Division I athlete,” Welch said of Josh Jackson. “He signed with Iowa to play football, but if he wasn’t playing football, he’d probably get something for basketball. He’s a heck of a player. He’s hard to stop because he can take you outside or take you to the rim. He’s just so athletic.”
Adarian Harris was the Broncos’ leading scorer with 15 points, but the Falcons did well to limit post looks and keep Denton from dominating the glass.
“That’s what we wanted,” Welch said. “We wanted to try to contain [Harris]. He’s one of the better players in the district. He hit us for 20 last game. We wanted to keep it lower than that, and we thought that if we forced him to shoot from the outside that we had a chance.”
Denton grabbed its first lead at 38-37 on Keyandre Hearvey’s conventional three-point play, but the Falcons closed the third quarter on a 7-0 run to grab a 46-40 edge. The Broncos had a hard time closing the deficit as Lake Dallas committed few turnovers.
The Broncos (9-12, 5-3) had a chance to tie the game in the last minute down 59-56, but Harris was called for a travel with 19.6 seconds left to end the threat.
Denton 41, Lake Dallas 29
Denton’s coaching staff made an attempt to shake its team up with hopes that the Lady Broncos would find their offensive groove. Assistant coach Jason Shaw went as far as to put a rattle in his pocket for good luck.
“Coach Shaw said ‘I’m willing to try anything,’ so that was our motto — to get them rattled,” Denton head coach Dennis Krishka said. “We wanted to have something to hang our hat on. We’ve been struggling and have been so close.”
Denton (9-12, 3-7) finally showed some consistency, with Alex Mcintosh controlling the offensive glass to the tune of 15 points, several of which came after offensive rebounds.
“She had a huge game,” Krishka said. “She was big for us. She really was. I thought we did a great job on the offensive boards.”
The Lady Broncos used an 18-point third quarter to give themselves the gap at 34-19 to hold off the Lady Falcons (7-14, 3-7), who outscored Denton 10-7 in the final quarter.
Lake Dallas 61, Denton 56
Lake Dallas (10-11, 3-5) — Reality Jackson 20, Josh Jackson 19, Garrett Sulivan 6, Cooper McKinney 5, Darius Jeffries 4, Conner Haile 4, Tim Gowans 3.
Denton (9-12, 5-3) —Keyandre Hearvey 16, Adarian Harris 15, Curtis Stevenson13, Deamonte Hughes 5, Lamonte Moss 3, Deandre Coleman 2, Emerson Espinoza 2.
Denton 41, Lake Dallas 29
Lake Dallas (7-14, 3-7) — Ashley Hayes 10, Kaitlyn Gholston 10, Sophia Jackson 5, Kelsey Tuck 3, Taylor Davis 1.
Denton (9-12, 3-7) — Alex Mcintosh 15, Jada Catlin 8, Mariah Seastrunk 6, April Pena 6, Key-Alia Wafer 6.