By MIKE IBANEZ
While most Lewisville High School students were visiting relatives, binging on treats, and sleeping late, their basketball-playing schoolmates were passing serious non-district tests that they hope will launch them into district play on a roll.
The LHS boys team beat four opponents to defend their Fort Worth ISD Classic championship. Meanwhile the Lady Farmers emerged from the highly–competitive Dallas ISD Holiday Invitational with two victories and a narrow loss to perennial power Dallas Lincoln.
The tournament title was the third consecutive at the Fort Worth event for the boys team and was earned with a semifinal/championship sweep of Fort Worth Dunbar and Arlington Bowie. Center Jydonn Griffith earned tournament most valuable player honors. Guard Marcus Jefferson and forward Patrick Bethea were named to the all-tournament team.
“I’m hoping the confidence gained in winning a tournament like that will propel us into district,” said boys coach Gary Collier, whose team resumed play against Trophy Club Byron Nelson on Friday. “It was a great way for us to try some different things based on our experiences from earlier in the season and get into a bit of a rhythm.”
Guard Jawuan Lane led all scorers with 23 points in Lewisville’s 54–52 win over Arlington Bowie in the championship game at Fort Worth’s Wilkerson–Greines Activity Center. Lane’s late free throws were the difference in the game that featured an 8-0 Farmer run to start the game.
LHS earned the spot in the championship game by defeating Dunbar 72-68 in semifinal play. Jefferson scored 21 points for the Farmers, who connected on 12 three-pointers as a team. The win was the second of the season over the Wildcats, who advanced to last season’s Class 5A state semifinals.
“We played better this time around,” Collier said, comparing his team’s efforts in the two non-district games against Dunbar. “We were able to jump out early and stay in front of them while working through some foul problems.”
LHS beat Fort Worth South Hills and Keller Fossil Ridge in earlier rounds.
The LHS girls team defeated Dallas Pinkston 66-29 in the first round of the DISD event to set up a second-round matchup with Lincoln. The Lady Farmers ran out to a 16-point first quarter lead, allowing Coach Sally Allsbrook to rest starters. Kennedi Lankford led all Lady Farmers with 14 points.
Later that evening, LHS overcame a 10-point first quarter deficit to pull even at the half but Lincoln escaped with a 51-47 win. McKenzine Bowie paced the Lady Farmers with 17 points and Nala Hemingway added nine.
Junior point guard Kennedy Taylor scored 25 points to lead Lincoln, who went on to claim third place in the tournament.
LHS closed out DISD Invitational play with a 39-27 win over Dallas South Oak Cliff. Bowie had 16 points and Lankford added 13.
The weekend in Dallas lifted the girls overall record to 10-10. The Farmers boys team improved to 12-5.