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Richardson girls beat Skyline a second time, take 9-5A basketball lead
The Richardson girls basketball team has been trying to solve Skyline for years.
Coach Lauren Hardy had it all figured out Friday night, leading visiting Richardson to a 72-58 victory over Skyline in a key District 9-5A showdown.
It was the second time Richardson has beaten Skyline this season, and it threatens to end Skyline’s run of consecutive district titles at 11.
Richardson (22-5, 6-0) now stands alone atop the district standings, with the victory breaking its tie with Skyline (22-6, 5-1).
Richardson opened with an 11-2 run and had a 21-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. Senior Shaylan Coleman scored 10 of her 15 points in the opening frame to get Richardson rolling.
Arleighshya McElroy and Nautica Grant took it from there, leading Richardson with 21 and 20 points, respectively.
Skyline closed a 15-point deficit to six at the start of the fourth quarter, but Richardson used a 10-0 run to pull away and seal the win.
Dorian Branch, a 5-10 forward, is Richardson’s only player standing taller than 5-9. Skyline has eight, including four taller than 6-0.
But Richardson played fearlessly in the paint, forcing Skyline to commit fouls. Richardson scored 26 of its points from the free throw line.
Richardson used four double-digit scorers to beat Skyline, Coleman, McElroy, Grant and Branch.Alexandria Gulley, who is committed to Baylor, paced Skyline with 18 points. Dai’Ja Thomas added 16.
Skyline and Richardson meet again in the season finale Feb. 4.
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