The Ryan boys basketball team has been able to play well in spurts over the last couple of games. Against Coppell on Friday night, the Raiders once again showed lengthy periods that signaled the improvement the team has made this season.
But the spurts were momentary.
Coppell knocked down some shots at the start of the third quarter and carried the momentum from that quick,, explosive run to a 71-36 win at Billy Ryan Gym.
“We gave up a few runs, and we lost to a better team tonight,” Ryan coach Bryce Overstreet said. “We gave ourselves an opportunity in spurts, but we allowed too many big runs. You have to credit what they do defensively. They don’t let you just sit and run your stuff.”
Ryan committed 27 turnovers and remains winless in District 5-5A play, while Coppell picked up its second district win.
The Raiders (6-17, 0-7 district) were led by 10 points from senior forward Devin Kiner and eight from junior guard A.J. Hill. Junior guard Ibrahim Logan added seven points on senior night, when the Raiders had one of their best home crowds of the season.
Coppell’s Landon Goesling led all scorers with 17 points.
After the Raiders trailed by 16 points at halftime, Coppell (18-11, 2-5) quickly put the game out of reach in the second half. The fifth-place team in the district reeled off eight straight points, and Overstreet burned a timeout after 79 seconds passed in the third quarter.
“Our emphasis was to shoot the ball in transition and have transition spacing and get early looks and go outrebound them, and that’s what we really wanted to do,” Coppell coach Kit Pehl said. “We haven’t shot the ball like that from the perimeter lately, so it was really good to see.”
The Cowboys cruised and opened up a 42-point lead in the fourth quarter. In the game’s closing minutes, Overstreet was still on his feet, shouting orders to his players.
Throughout the season, Overstreet has talked about making strides with each game. That was evident as the clock ticked down and the final buzzer rang Friday.
“It’s about making progress,” Overstreet said.
Ryan 33, Coppell 26
Ryan needed at least a win against Coppell to keep its playoff hopes afloat. In the fourth quarter, a victory over the Cowgirls was anything but definite.
But Ryan maintained its slim lead and picked up a victory against Coppell to remain in a tie for fourth place in District 5-5A. Ryan (8-16, 3-6) is tied with Lewisville for the district’s final playoff berth.
After Tuesday’s loss to Lewisville, Ryan coach Monesha Allen called a team meeting Wednesday to regroup her squad.
“There’s so much inconsistency,” Allen said. “They knew the position they were in, and we knew coming in, at the very least we should be in fourth place. We wanted to fight and keep our hopes alive.”
Lewisville defeated Hebron on Friday. Ryan will face second-place Flower Mound in the last game of the regular season, while Lewisville faces Coppell (4-19, 0-9).
Ryan junior Ashtyn Lovett scored 10 points on senior night, while junior Carissa Sanders added seven points and Tichina Coleman had eight points.
Ryan held a 23-22 lead with 4:45 left before Coppell coach Ami Neff was whistled for a technical foul for quietly dissenting with an official moments after she received a warning.
Ryan’s defense did enough in the fourth and allowed only one field goal in the first seven minutes of the quarter to seal the win.
“We had a couple of lapses,” Allen said. “However, they didn’t execute and we were in the position to go ahead and finish it off.”
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Coppell 71, Ryan 36
Coppell (18-11, 2-5) — Josh Fink 2, Landon Goesling 17, Cody Carver 6, Josh Feitl 2, Ike Obialo 3, Sam Marshall 2, Steven Rountree 2, Collin Wallace 4, Simi Socks 12, Brett Keuchler 3, Zach Siebenmann 4, John Herbuin 6, Brandon Watson 8.
Ryan (6-17, 0-7) — Xavier Gray 3, Ibrahim Logan 7, Trent Willis 2, Rodney Gladney 2, A.J. Hill 8, Devin Kiner 10, Xavier Pittman 2.
Ryan 33, Coppell 26
Coppell (4-19, 0-9) — Nikki Agarwal 7, Andrea Abel 6, Adaiwu Nwaiwu 2, Elena Grijalva 4, Chidera Nwaiwu 2, Caitie Galvan 5.
Ryan (8-16, 3-6) — Ayliah Frazier 4, Tichina Coleman 8, Mariah Young 4, Ashtyn Lovett 10, Carissa Sanders 7.