The defending Class 5A state champion Flower Mound Marcus boys are attracting all the attention heading into the playoffs, but the Marcus girls may be poised for a run of their own behind a stellar defense.
Marcus (22-12, 11-3 in 8-5A) finished second in a highly competitive District 8-5A behind Plano West and held numerous area powerhouses to surprisingly low point totals.
Plano West, No. 3 in the ESPNDallas.com Class 5A area rankings, boasts one of the best offenses in the area and averages 64 points per game. It scored just 47 in a win over Marcus.
Plano East, which averages 57 points per game, put up just 29 on Marcus in a loss earlier this year.
Plano isn't too far behind East and West at 56 points per game. In two games against Marcus, Plano scored 29 and 37 points -- both losses.
On the year, Marcus is giving up 42 points per game, and any team with a great defense has a chance to win.
Unfortunately for Marcus, it opens the playoffs against a team that may have an even better defense -- Denton Guyer.
Guyer (25-8, 10-4 in 7-5A) finished dead last in District 7-5A a year ago and had its issues even before it moved up to 5A, but the team has rebounded under second-year coach Harold Colson, who put together strong defensive teams during his tenure at Arlington High.
The Lady Wildcats give up a miniscule 34 points per game.
The two play at 6 p.m. on Monday at Trophy Club Byron Nelson in a game where points will be at a premium.