Monday, February 19, 2018

ET Basketball: Longview Lady Lobos trounce John Tyler, 64-32

By Hayden Henry
Jan. 30, 2018 at 10:51 p.m.

Longview's Kyrra Boone passes to a team mate during Tuesday's January 30, 2018 game against John Tyler. (Les Hassell/News-Journal Photo)

It's pretty clear for Longview as far as the playoff picture is concerned.

One part of it was taking care of business on Tuesday night.

After a big start, Longview jumped ahead and cruised to a 64-32 rout of John Tyler in District 11-6A action at Lobo Coliseum.

That sets up a wild postseason push heading into the final two games of the regular season.

"The good thing is that it's real simple for us, if we keep winning, we keep playing," Longview head coach Robert Cochran said. "I can't ask any more of this group because they're continuing to improve and I think that's evident with our play in the last five or six games.

"We've just got to build on that for Friday."

With Tuesday's win, Longview (21-11) moves to 5-7 in 11-6A action, one game behind Rockwall-Heath, who the Lady Lobos visit on Friday, for the fourth and final playoff spot.

The Lady Hawks moved to 6-6 in district action elsewhere on Tuesday, erasing a 15-point halftime deficit to Mesquite, who is one game behind Longview at 4-8.

"If you've watched us play in the past few weeks, you can see that we're still getting better," Cochran said. "We came up just short against Mesquite Horn and Rockwall but had both of them, two top-20 teams, on the ropes.

"We took care of business tonight. We're doing a much better job of just executing, scoring off passes and our defense is getting better."

All three of those things were on display against John Tyler.

All eight Lady Lobos suited out recorded buckets, led by a double-digit night from Destiny McAfee, who had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the win.

Freshman Madison Pippins followed with 11 points, four rebounds, an assist and three steals of the bench for the Lady Lobos.

"That was probably her best overall game," Cochran said. "Offensively, she's able to get the ball to the rim, penetrate and make passes but she's starting to understand how things go on the defensive end."

Jordan McClain added 10 points while Heavunli Reese followed with eight. Kindra Taylor had seven points and four rebounds while freshman Miah Colbert pulled down five boards for the Lady Lobos, who led that area, 44-28 overall.

Six Longview players had assists in the win, led by four from senior Kyrra Boone, who also added two steals. Reese and McClain followed with three dishes.

Defensively, Reese and Boone had three steals for the Lady Lobos, who used a press and trap to force 11 first-quarter turnovers from the Lady Lions, who drop to 10-15 overall and 2-9 in 11-6A action. John Tyler finished with single-digit points in the first three quarters.

McAfee took an assist from Reese and drained the 3-pointer to start a strong quarter of ball movement from Longview.

McClain drained a shot from beyond the arc off a feed from Pippins, who added a three of her own later off an assist from Boone.

McAfee and Reese connected again to end the first quarter — the sixth of seven shots from the floor with an assist — to close an 18-0 run and a commanding 22-3 lead.

McAfee went coast-to-coast and completed the three-point play and Destiny Lilly took an assist from Taylor off an offensive rebound to highlight a 17-9 third quarter for Longview.

Jazmyne Hicks led John Tyler, who hosts Mesquite Horn on Friday, with nine points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. ZaKiyiaha Jones followed with eight points and four rebounds.

(Follow Hayden Henry on Twitter: @hayden_h)



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