District-leading Wildcats dominate second-place Plano West
On Tuesday, the first-place Wildcats showed how big the gap might be between themselves and the rest of District 6-6A with a demonstrative 87-59 win over the second-place Wolves.
“We had a mindset in every practice [this week] to go out and dominate,” said sophomore forward Jalen Wilson, who scored a game-high 23 points and added six rebounds. “This is the only team that beat us, and that put an extra chip on our shoulders. The way we lost wasn’t good and the feeling wasn’t good. We came out with fire.”
The Guyer win assured at least a share of the 6-6A title, which marks the fourth time in five seasons the Wildcats have at least shared a crown. With two games remaining, any West loss would give Guyer the outright title if the Wildcats win out.
Guyer killed any suspense early by putting 28 points on the board in the first quarter, led by Le’Tre Darthard’s 11 points in the frame to help Guyer build a 19-point lead.
Darthard finished with 17 points and five boards, while sophomore point guard De’Vion Harmon chipped in 16 points, six assists and two steals. Junior post player Grayson Carter had nine points and 11 rebounds.
“I can’t tell you how many assists we had,” Long said. The way we shared the ball tonight was definitely a sign of how good we can be. The togetherness and unselfishness we played with was probably the best of the year, and it’s hitting at the right time.”
The Wolves (20-10, 9-3 district) must still face the third- and fourth-place teams in Allen and McKinney, both of which beat West this season. No. 15 Guyer (24-4, 11-1) finishes the regular season against Plano and Plano East.
In the last meeting, West beat Guyer 66-61 behind 10 3-pointers from the Wolves and what Wilson said was a lack of overall energy.
“The ball didn’t move as well last time, and we didn’t take the best shots,” Wilson said. “We knew we had a second chance to come out and play in front of our home crowd, and we came together as a team. You see what happens when we do that.”
Long praised his team’s intensity and perimeter defense in putting the Wildcats in prime position to win an outright title in their first season in 6-6A, which features four of the largest student bodies in the state in Allen and the three Plano schools.
“Our main adjustment was just the intensity on the defensive end,” Long said. “We weren’t going to allow ourselves to get screened and we were going to cover for each other.”
Guyer 87, Plano West 59
Plano West (20-10, 9-3) — Logan Pierson 5, Daylen Minor 7, Ryan Birt 4, Joseph Craig 5, John David Zogg 2, Doak Kuhne 4, Alec Seyfetdinov 7, Jeremy Richmond 14, Ryan Zambie 11.
Guyer (24-4, 11-1) — Le’Tre Darthard 17, Chris Craig 4, Jalen Wilson 23, De’Vion Harmon 16, Luke Helgesen 4, Jake Roberts 3, JaKobe Coles 8, Grayson Carter 9, Cody Price 3.
Published: 07 February 2017 11:33 PM