Sibling teammates are always fun to watch as they usually have a whole other level of chemistry and at Hurst Bell, the time is now for the Raiders to contend in district and in the playoffs.
Senior Lexi Gordon, the school’s all-time leading scorer, starts her final season while sister Myra Gordon starts her freshman year.
“This season is my last year, so I just want to have fun and make a run in the postseason,” said Lexi Gordon, who’s committed to UConn.
Lexi Gordon, who’s No. 29 among seniors in the nation according to espnW HoopGurlz, averaged 24.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per game last season as Bell went 20-11 and 8-4 in district, but was bounced in the first round for the second-straight year. She has scored 1,899 points in her three-year career.
“The past three years I have been relied on heavily, so I have definitely taken on the leadership role. Committing to UConn puts an even bigger target on my back that I have definitely accepted,” Lexi Gordon said. “I will continue to play my game, and we will have a successful season.”
As for Myra, she’s out to prove herself in her first varsity season, and looks to help Lexi finish her career strong.
“I’m a little nervous starting this high school season, but I’m very anxious to get on the court,” said Myra Gordon, who already has more than 10 Division I offers. “It’s a blessing to get to share this season with my sister. We really connect with each other and she continuously helps to improve my game every time I step on the court by holding me accountable.”
The sisters come from a basketball family. Their parents Myron and Kim both played at TCU in the ‘90s so sharing basketball their whole lives is something special for Lexi Gordon.
“My sister and I have a very tight and close bond. I love her more than she even knows,” Lexi Gordon said. “Sharing basketball together is also very special. Playing with her takes a lot of pressure off our smaller guards up top and also makes us a very long team on the defensive end.”
Myra Gordon is expected to become the starting point guard while Lexi Gordon and senior Tiana Johnson are the two returning starters.
“Tiana is going to be a major key for us. She’s our best defensive player and we’ll need her on both sides, offensively and defensively,” head coach Brock Pembleton said.
Johnson was the District Defensive MVP last year. Junior Aretha Nash and Lauren Cuevas are also expected to be in the starting lineup.
Pembleton begins his 26th year of coaching, 11th at Bell. He said a tough schedule will help get his young players ready when District 5-6A starts.
“Myra will bring a lot to us. She’s a smart player, sees the floor very well and can pass to everyone, not just Lexi,” Pembleton said. “She brings size to the guard position. She’s expected to step in as a freshman and play at a high level.”
The Raiders begin the regular season Tuesday by hosting DeSoto. They host Arlington Lamar on Friday, Carrollton Ranchview on Nov. 15 before starting tournament play that includes trips to Allen, Georgetown and Mansfield.
“I want to win. Our goal is to win a district championship and to make a deep run into the playoffs,” Lexi Gordon said. “I just want to win for the simple fact that this is my last go around, so I personally want to make it the best. I love my team and I know we can pull together and make this season special.”