Lady Farmers clinch basketball playoffs

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Junior McKenzie Bowie fakes out a defender from Flower Mound Marcus to pass to a teammate. (Photo by Maritza Quintero)

 

Welcome back to the playoffs, Lewisville High School athletics.

The LHS girls basketball team dominated a pair of District 5-6A opponents over a five-day span to qualify for postseason play. The Lady Farmers’ upcoming playoff action will be the first in a team sport for Lewisville since the softball team’s run to the Class 6A state championship game in the spring of 2015.

LHS is assured of at least a fourth-place district finish with a 63-30 win at Trophy Club Byron Nelson on Tuesday, Jan. 31. The win, which clinched the first postseason position for the girls program in three years, came on the heels of a 41-17 shellacking of rival Flower Mound Marcus at LHS Arena on Friday, Jan. 27.

Second-year coach Sally Allsbrook recognized the importance of her team’s accomplishment after the win over Nelson.

“I haven’t been here too long, but can feel that what we are doing is important,” said Allsbrook. “I can feel it around campus. Coaches and administrators are coming up and saying, ‘Great job,’ and encouraging us to keep it going.”

Senior Shekinah Green dribbles the ball around the defender of the opposing team. (Photo by Maritza Quintero)
Senior Shekinah Green dribbles the ball around the defender of the opposing team. (Photo by Maritza Quintero)

LHS will know it’s postseason opposition after closing out the season with games against Hurst LD Bell and Hebron. There is an outside chance of moving up to third in district, but the team will probably face likely 6-6A champion Plano in a bi-district game.

Playoff opposition was the furthest thing from the Lady Farmers’ minds on Tuesday, as they set the early tone by outscoring Nelson 27-16 in the first half. Anessa Boyd scored all 14 of her points in the opening half, many off assists came from McKenzie Bowie and Nala Hemingway.

Bowie exploded for 12 of her 15 total points in the third quarter, and LHS pulled away with a 26-point lead.

“Those two [Boyd and Bowie] have a green light,” Allsbrook said. “We had an inside/outside mentality, and they know that if they get the ball and their feet are set, they can shoot.”

Working the inside/outside game until there was an open shot wasn’t even a thought in the victory over Marcus. Most baskets came in transition, created off rebounds and steals on the defensive end.

LHS had a 22-6 lead at halftime and held the Lady Marauders to a scant two points in both the first and fourth quarters.

Senior Amani Alston looks behind the defender of the opposing team to try to score. (Photo by Maritza Quintero)
Senior Amani Alston looks behind the defender of the opposing team to try to score. (Photo by Maritza Quintero)

“When we get defensive stops and they get one shot and we get out and run, that’s our game,” Allsbrook said after the win over Marcus. “The girls executed flawlessly and shut down their opponent. They didn’t do anything different. They just played hard.”

Hemingway led a group of eight LHS players who scored against Marcus with 12 points. The Lady Farmer guard scored six fourth-quarter points in a span of one minute and 25 seconds, extending a 29-15 lead to 20 points. Boyd and Kennedi Lankford each had eight.

The two wins improved LHS’ record to 16-12 overall and 8-4 in 5-6A. The Lady Farmers are a game behind LD Bell and Flower Mound, who are currently tied for second place. Euless Trinity leads the district with a 10-2 record.

Despite the uphill battle facing third- and fourth-place district finishers in the playoffs, the Lady Farmers don’t appear to be satisfied with only qualifying for postseason play.

“It’s sinking in what we’ve done, but we need to push hard and get as far as we can,” Bowie said after the win at Nelson.

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