Written by Corbett Smith
HS basketball notebook: Rockwall girls excel in 5A; Rowlett boys remain undefeated
The Rockwall girls basketball team opened District 12-5A with an important 47-44 victory against Mesquite Horn on Tuesday. Rockwall sophomore Sara Williamson scored all 15 of her points in the second half, including a pair of free throws in the final 10 seconds to help seal the win. Williamson also led Rockwall with nine rebounds.
Rockwall is ranked No. 7 in SportsDay’s area 5A rankings, and Mesquite Horn is ranked No. 8.
Rockwall is back in Class 5A after a four-year run in 4A, which culminated in a trip to the state final last year.
“We lost three senior starters from last year so we’re still coming together and figuring things out,” Rockwall coach Jill McDill said. “This preseason, we got better and better.”
Duncanville dominant in district: The top-ranked Duncanville girls won their 27th consecutive district game, and 45th overall, with a resounding 52-29 victory against South Grand Prairie on Tuesday.
Duncanville (17-0) hasn’t lost to a district opponent since Jan. 26, 2010. That loss was 67-57 defeat to Irving MacArthur, which went on to reach the state semifinals that season.
Rowlett, Frisco Wakeland remain unbeaten: With holiday basketball tournaments and district play looming, there are only two undefeated UIL boys basketball teams in the Dallas-Fort Worth area: Rowlett (13-0) and Frisco Wakeland (14-0).
It’s no surprise that Rowlett — No. 3 in Class 5A in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches rankings — is off to a fast start. Ten of 13 players on its roster are seniors, including three Division I signees: Jeffrey Carroll (Oklahoma State), Nathan Hawkins (Nebraska) and Austin Luke (Belmont). Hawkins — who scored 21 in Tuesday’s win over Lovejoy — has played himself back into shape, after missing practices and the season’s first two games with a severely sprained foot.
Wakeland coach Brent Benningfield said the key for his team — No. 22 in 4A the TABC rankings — is a deep bench. Benningfield has kept 14 players on the varsity roster and needed that depth in Tuesday’s 56-42 win over TABC No. 12 Denton Guyer. With two starters out with the flu and two players still in walking boots with football injuries Wakeland had three players score in double figures, led by Josh Harris’ 14 points.
DeSoto, Arlington Seguin and Kimball on national TV: An area doubleheader will be part of Thursday’s tipoff to the Geico ESPN High School Basketball Showcase. SportsDay and TABC Class 4A No. 1 Arlington Seguin (11-2) will play defending 4A champ Kimball (3-4) on ESPNU, 6:30 p.m. at Grand Prairie High School, followed by national No. 1 and three-time defending Illinois 4A champ Chicago Simeon (1-0) against 5A No. 1 DeSoto (13-1) at 8:30 p.m.
Simeon star 6-8 senior forward Jabari Parker, the defending Gatorade National Player of the Year, is slowly recovering from a fractured foot suffered during the FIBA U-17 World Championships in July.