ET Basketball: Lady Lobos grab first district win over North Mesquite
Jan. 2, 2018 at 5:55 p.m.
Longview got their 2018 portion of the district schedule off to a blistering start on Tuesday afternoon.
When North Mesquite made a late run, the Lady Lobos clamped down at the finish to pick up their first 11-6A win.
Destiny McAfee led three Lady Lobos in double digits with a big night as Longview took down North Mesquite, 72-60, at Lobo Coliseum to break into then win column in district for the first time.
"We started off against what I think are the best three teams in the district," Longview head coach Robert Cochran said. "It's already proven that it's going to be a tight race and our goal is to make the playoffs so today was a must-win.
"They came out and demonstrated that today."
McAfee dropped a game-high 27 points with three assists and three steals. Heavunli Reese followed with 17 points, including three three-pointers. Jordan McClain added 12 points and had four of the Lady Lobos' 17 steals on the day.
Kyrra Boone had four steals, five rebounds and two assists for the Lady Lobos, who move to 17-7 on the season and 1-3 in district action. Freshman Miah Colbert added six points off the bench.
Longview jumped out to a 12-0 lead to start with eight points coming from Reese and McClain off forced turnovers. The Lady Lobos led 25-14 after the first quarter on 12-of-14 shooting from the floor.
"They came out early and really took control of the game," Cochran said. "In the first quarter, we played clean.
"Most of that came in transition. We're not going to be a half-court team, scoring against bigger teams in the paint because of our size.
"There's no way around that and we know that but we have to make adjustments and play to our strengths and we did that."
Reese had a three off an assist from Boone and went coast-to-coast off a steal midway through the second quarter as Longview took a 45-25 lead into halftime.
A quarter-opening three from Reese and a putback from Kindra Taylor gave Longview its largest lead of the night at 25 points early in the third quarter.
North Mesquite, which had seven players score at least four points, chipped into that lead from there, making an adjustment to get the Lady Stallions' size on the court. Destiney Simon and Kayla Pope led the Lady Stallions with 10 points each off the bench.
A 7-0 run from North Mesquite (0-4 in 11-6A) made it a 10-point game with 4:51 to play.
"I wanted to see how we responded and we played with a lot of composure," Cochran said. "The second half wasn't clean but we made plays when we needed to and we haven't done that at times.
"The Tyler Lee game was tied late so was the Horn game and we lost one in overtime this past weekend in College Station. They're learning that you can't feel sorry for yourself and you have to step up and make a play. We did that today with contributions from a little bit of everybody."
McAfee hit four-straight from the free-throw line, followed that with a three and Reese had a putback to put an end to the North Mesquite run and send the Lady Lobos into the heart of district play with a win.
Longview visits John Tyler at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
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