Tuesday was another victorious night for the Highland Park basketball teams, as the girls opened District 10-4A play with a 63-36 win over Forney while the boys earned a 58-47 road win over Richardson Pearce.
In the girls game, the Lady Scots cruised to a 31-16 halftime lead and extended the margin in the second half.
“I think it was important for us to start district with a win, and more importantly, to play well,” said HP head coach Amy Matlock. “I thought the girls did well after being out for a few days and not having much practice time.”
The Lady Scots (9-3, 1-0) had not played since rolling to a 61-30 win over Garland in the first game of the Curtis Culwell Invitational tournament on Thursday in Garland. The rest of the tournament was cancelled because of inclement weather.
HP also has been at its best when the scoring distribution has been balanced, such as on Tuesday. Three players scored in double figures, led by Katie Thiebaud with 15 points and Alex Reynolds with 13.
Caroline McDaniel added 10 points for the Lady Scots, while Paxton Corwin and Julia Jenevein contributed seven points apiece. In all, 10 players scored in the victory.
“We’ve really focused this year on everybody contributing,” Matlock said. “It makes us much tougher to guard if you don’t know who our leading scorer will be.”
The Lady Scots will resume 10-4A play on Friday when they host North Forney.
On the boys side, HP used a balanced effort to surge past Pearce. Derek Cahn led the Scots (9-0) with 18 points, going 4-of-5 from three-point range. Clayton Murtha added 14 points, and Matthew Crites contributed 13 points and a team-high 12 rebounds.
Next up, the Scots will head to the Union Square Bulldog Classic this weekend in Burkburnett.
HP will begin at 8:30 p.m. Thursday against Norman (Okla.) North. The Scots also will face Plainview at 1 p.m. Friday and Wichita Falls at 7:30 p.m. Friday, with a bracket-play game on Saturday.
The tournament will be the final tuneup for HP prior to District 10-4A play, which starts on Dec. 20 at Mesquite Poteet.