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Basketball: Ryan tops Lake Dallas in 4-4A opener
Ryan boys fall to Justin Northwest
Ryan wanted to send a clear message that despite its mediocre record in nondistrict play, that the Lady Raiders are ready for District 4-4A.
The Lady Raiders wasted little time in the district opener on Tues-day, using a 20-2 run in the first and second quarters to dispose of Lake Dallas 54-32.
"We definitely wanted to make sure we picked up a victory at home," Ryan head coach Monesha Allen said. "You have to have some games where you can gain confidence, especially playing the kind of nondistrict teams we have been playing. You can't ever have a letdown in this district either, because you have a target on your back every night."
Lake Dallas hurt itself all night with turnovers. The Lady Falcons committed 21 in the first half alone, which was more than its point total of 13 and shot total of 17. Those turnovers led to easy Ryan baskets all night as the Lady Raiders opened a 35-13 halftime cushion.
"We use our defense to pick up our offense," Allen said. "We have to be able to create turnovers to get some of those easy baskets. We tell the girls all the time, the best offense is our defense. Without that, we won't be successful."
Ryan used a balanced attack, getting 16 points from Teana Ogden, 12 from Deborah Holcomb and 10 from Rasheeba Walker. Lake Dallas was led by Jasmyne Talley with 10 points.
Lake Dallas did show some offense late, going on an 11-0 run to end the third quarter and start the fourth. The Lady Falcons finished with 32 turnovers, but only 11 in the second half.
"One of the things we talked about after the game is once we got it in the half-court, we were able to play with them," Lake Dallas head coach Jason Boston said. "We talked about if they got one shot and we got one shot, we would be right there. We won the second-half battle."
The Lady Raiders used a 21-4 burst in the second quarter, getting all of their points from Holcomb, Ogden, and Walker. They continuously turned Lake Dallas turnovers into fast-break points.
Over the final two quarters, the teams played back-and-forth as Lake Dallas limited its turnovers and got some solid looks at the basket.
"We have to take the positives from the second half and what we did well, and focus on that as we prepare for a huge game on Friday against [Wichita Falls] Rider," Boston said. "After the top two teams in the district, this race appears to be wide open, so we have to make sure we protect our home court. We just have to make sure we handle the ball and get some shots."
Justin Northwest 50, Ryan 36
For those who didn't know any better and watched the first eight minutes of the Ryan game on Tuesday night, you would have thought the Raiders were the team that entered the contest with a 12-2 record. DRC/David Minton Ryan center Adam Choplick, left, is defended by Justin Northwest guard Orlando Byrd on Tuesday. View larger More photos Photo store
Ryan jumped all over North-west in the early going, taking a commanding 13-4 lead, but could only manage 23 points the rest of the way. The Texans, on the other hand, hit on just five of 22 first-half shots but hit 14 of 19 in the second half to pull away.
"In the first half I was definitely pleased with the way we played," Ryan head coach Bryce Overstreet said. "At this point, they are the better team, but I wish we would have performed better in the second half and continued to do some of the things we did well in the first half."
The Raiders (6-6) led 22-16 at the half and followed a North-west basket with one of their own from Quincy Jones. From there, it was all Northwest, as they ran off 16 consecutive points to open a 34-24 lead. In that third quarter, Ryan turned the ball over eight times and went just 2-for-6 from the floor.
During that 16-0 run, all of the Texans (13-2) points came off of turnovers, and included five layups. Ryan didn't shoot much better in the fourth, connecting on just three of 10 shots.
"We turned it over way too much in the second half and didn't force them to turn it over as much as we needed," Overstreet said. "We're not great offensively at this point, and they knew Adam [Choplick] was the focal point of the offense. They did a good job shutting him down, and we missed some opportunities as well."
Choplick, Ryan's 6-9 post, was limited to just three points through the first three quarters. All of those points came in the first quarter. Meanwhile, North-west started breaking the press and getting the ball inside to its own big man, Todd Christensen, who scored all 11 of his points in the second half.
Ryan, which ended the game with 23 turnovers, is still missing seven of its varsity players due to the football team's run to the Class 4A Division I state title game. Those players will join the team next week, just before the start of District 4-4A play.
Gilbert Jackson, who led Ryan with 10 points, scored eight in a row in the first quarter. Roger Ricks and Choplick each had nine points, while Sam Guertler and Quincy Jones each added four points.
Ryan 54, Lake Dallas 32
Lake Dallas (3-12, 0-1) - Ebony Scott 2 , Erin Slater 2, Camylle Bowen 3, Megan Dando 9, Jasmyne Talley 10, Samantha Llamas 6.
Ryan (7-9, 1-0) - Halee Clark 4, Teana Ogden 16, Paige Knight 8, Rasheeba Walker 10, Jasmine Vasquez 2, Deborah Holcomb 12, Danielle Richardson 2.
Justin Northwest 50, Ryan 36
Northwest (13-2) - Jon Chidster 4 , Allen Young 10, James Peri 9, Daymien Marshall 12, Parrish Smith 2, Orlando Byrd 2, Todd Christensen 11.
Ryan (6-6) - Adam Choplick 9, Roger Ricks 9, Gilbert Jackson 10, Sam Guertler 4, Quincy Jones 4.