Lady Bobcats off to hot start before unexpected break

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The good news for Byron Nelson girls basketball coach Darren Wilson is that his team did not have a game scheduled for the weekend.

The bad news is that the team lost all of its practice time over the weekend because of the ice storm. The Lady Bobcats lost three practice days.

“I don’t like that, because you want to stay in a rhythm, but there’s nothing we can do about it,” Wilson said. “Hopefully, there won’t be too much rust in us when we get back out there next week. I don’t expect to be.”

Byron Nelson is off to the best start in school history at 10-2 following last week’s 42-27 victory against Keller Timber Creek. But the unwelcome rest may have come at the right time for senior guard Tralyn Woodard. Woodard, who scored seven points in the game but suffered an apparent hyperextension of her knee.

Wilson thought there was a decent chance Woodard could play in the District 5-4A opener against Azle on Tuesday.

“It was a physical game, but I think she will be OK to go,” Wilson said. “At the very least, she could go Friday.”

When Byron Nelson has been winning, it’s really been dominating opponents. In their 10 wins, the Lady Bobcats have won by an average of 19.9 points. The only tight game was in the Northwest tournament when they beat Grapevine, 55-54.

“Sharing the ball has really never been a problem for us,” Wilson said. “It’s been the communication that we’ve needed to get better at. I think we’re doing a lot better at that.

“They’re spending more time with each other. And the further that goes, the better off we’re going to be. With that experience, we’re going to be able to make more adjustments.”

Timely transfer

Dekesha Butler came to Byron Nelson in the summer moving up from Belton. It was a total godsend, because the 5-10 post can provide that consistent block presence this team needs.

But with her being a senior, this is the only year Wilson can work with her. There will be times, however, where Butler can act like a fifth guard.

“We really have her playing the five out of necessity,” Wilson said. “Because we have a bunch of 5-7 kids on the floor, it just makes sense to have her there. But the great thing is that she can shoot the 3-pointer and handle the ball. If she gets a rebound, she can take it and go and get the offense set up.”


While the three-point shooting has been pretty solid this year at around 40 percent, the standard field goal shooting for Byron Nelson has been about the same. Nelson wants that to change … Several players are shooting more than 70 percent on the year, including Butler and Woodard … Nelson believes the 5-4A race should be between Nelson, Wichita Falls Rider and Denton Guyer. He expects Azle and Lake Dallas to be playoff contenders.

Northwest update

Outscored 21-5 in the first quarter, the Lady Texans (5-4) fell to Euless Trinity, 59-43, on Dec. 3. Bailey Porter and freshman guard Alexis Brigham each scored 13 points. But before the rest of the Lions tournament was wiped out because of the weather, the Lady Texans won their opener against Fort Worth Nolan, 66-45. Porter had 17, while Brigham added 14 and Brianna Barnhill had 10. Northwest was scheduled to open 4-5A play at Keller on Tuesday.

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