Pleasant Grove’s girls and Paris boys left no doubts about who has the best basketball teams in District 15-4A.
The Lady Hawks completed their perfect run through district Tuesday night by routing Paris, 67-27. Pleasant Grove’s boys dominated the glass at the offensive end of the court, but poor shooting and turnovers cost the Hawks in the end, 68-59.
The Wildcats still have crosstown rival North Lamar to play, but they’ve got the league title in hand with a 7-0 record. Paris is now 20-8 overall, while PG slips to 11-11 and 3-3, respectively. The Hawks have North Lamar and Liberty-Eylau left.
“Pleasant Grove is huge, and they can rebound,” said winning coach Billy Steed. “They were more physical than we were tonight. Our kids did enough to win, and that’s all we care about.
“Trevon Dennis is the best player in our district. We’re proud of him, he’s come a long ways since he was a little kid. He’s done a great job all year, it wasn’t just tonight. We really wanted this game tonight. We wanted to go undefeated in district.”
Poor shooting, turnovers cost Hawks
Pleasant Grove led early in Tuesday’s game, 8-7. The Wildcats answered with a 9-0 run, and led 18-12 at the first break. The Hawks pulled even at 18-18 with 6:44 left in the first half, but there was a five-point swing at the end of the second quarter after two Pleasant Grove fouls gave Paris a 40-33 lead at intermission.
The Hawks got some big baskets early in the third period, capturing the lead, 50-49 with 54 seconds left in the quarter. Sixty-one seconds into the final eight minutes had PG on top, 57-52. Junior Torey Phillips and D’Vondrick Henry sparked the Hawks’ comeback. Phillips scored a game-high 22 points, with Henry contributing 11.
Most of Phillips’ points came after pulling down an offensive rebound. Twice the Hawks had four offensive rebounds on the same trip down court, but the result was only two points.
Dennis put Paris back on top for good at 60-59 with 4:17 remaining. The Wildcats’ defense held PG scoreless for nearly five minutes to end the game. Dennis led Paris’ offense with 21 points. Kentraevious Johnson scored 12, Jameon Mitchell 11 and Troy Jones 10.
Lady Hawks led wire-to-wire
Pleasant Grove’s girls never trailed, allowing only two points in the first quarter.
The Lady Hawks climb to 25-4 overall, and 8-0 in district. The playoffs are next, but Coach Marsha Cowling is hoping to play a warmup game.
Asia Lloyd poured in 16 (four 3-pointers) of her game-high 19 points in the first half as PG built a 37-8 lead. Senior Shanequa Henry took over in the second half, finishing with 18 points.