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Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Plano West downs DeSoto in Meadows Classic

By Randy Jennings

DUNCANVILLE, Texas -- Just because Kiran Lakhian is the tallest Plano West player, don’t expect the 5-11 senior to be limited to playing in the paint.

The versatile Lakhian did a little bit of everything, even handling the ball in the backcourt at crucial times, to help the Lady Wolves defeat DeSoto, 57-49, in the second round of the 61st Sandra Meadows Classic on Tuesday evening at Sandra Meadows Memorial Arena.

“To tell you the truth, I’m not really sure what my position is any more,‘’ said Lakhian, who led the Lady Wolves with 11 points. “Our whole team is versatile. I think I’m a guard. That’s what I played when I was a freshman.’’

Plano West coach Don Patterson said he utilized Lakhian at all five positions during the 2010-2011 season.

Lakhian contributed one of the eight 3-pointers that helped Plano West (19-1) nullify DeSoto’s interior size advantage. Seven of the 3’s came in the first half.

“We’re known for our 3-point shooting,’’ Lakhian said. “That’s about an average game for us. We can do better.’’

DeSoto (17-5) overcame a seven-point halftime deficit and took a three-point lead into the fourth quarter. But Plano West went on a 12-1 run in the first five minutes of the final period to regain control.

Earlier on Day 1 of the 32-team tournament, Plano West reached the 97-point threshold for the second time this season in a 97-37 rout of Fort Bend Kempner. And the Lady Wolves did it without a player scoring more than Mattie Swearingen's 17 points. Plano West placed five scorers in double figures and all 12 in uniform scored.

Plano West advances to a 4:30 p.m. quarterfinal Wednesday against either The Woodlands College Park or Flower Mound.

No trouble for host team: Duncanville (19-1), taking aim at its 19th Sandra Meadows Classic title, is off to a 2-0 start after first-day routs over Garland Naaman Forest (76-28) and Mesquite (72-38). Guard Empress Davenport led the Pantherettes with 27 points in the nightcap and totaled 43 for the day.

Still unbeaten: Southlake Carroll defeated Mesquite Horn, 67-55, in the opening round to remain undefeated on the season. Carroll (17-0), the top-ranked team in the tournament, was led by Kayla Reinhart’s 30 points. The 5-10 senior forward/post scored all but eight of her points in the second half.

Game of the day: Mesquite 80, Euless Trinity 76 (2OT): Mesquite rallied from an eight-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to force overtime in its opening-round encounter. The teams were tied after one quarter and at halftime in addition to ties after regulation and the first overtime. Sophomore guard Briana Caro hit clutch shots at the end of regulation and overtime to extend the game for Mesquite. Cemetra Jenkins, a 5-5 senior guard, led Mesquite with 29 points and Tori Henderson, a 6-foot senior forward, scored 28 for Trinity. Later in the day, Trinity gained some satisfaction with a fourth-quarter rally of its own, coming from seven points behind to defeat Garland Naaman Forest, 47-45, in a consolation game.

Moriah of UConn: Moriah Jefferson, a 5-8 senior signee of the University of Connecticut, helped her home school team, THESA, to a 67-56 win over Garland with a 27-point effort. Jefferson was 8-of-8 on free throws and got off to a blazing start with 14 points in the opening quarter. She added a game-high 17 points in a 49-39 second-round win over Temple on Tuesday evening.

No complaints: Ashley Brodhead-Richard, the coach of 2010 Louisiana Class 5A state champion St. Thomas More, couldn’t complain about her team’s defense, at least not with a straight face, after holding Longview Spring Hill to four field goals in a 75-11 thrashing. Spring Hill did not have a basket in the second and fourth quarters. More prevailed over Bishop Lynch, 61-48, in a second-round evening game, sinking 26 free throws.

A&M signee does early damage: DeSoto guard Jordan Jones, a Texas A&M signee, scored 10 of her 12 points in the opening three minutes, then surrendered playing time in the Lady Eagles’ lopsided 77-43 victory over Denton Ryan. All 12 Lady Eagles scored and Jones finished as leading scorer. In DeSoto’s 57-49 second-round loss to Plano West later in the day, Jones led the Lady Eagles with 20 points, connecting on four 3-pointers.

Defending champion cruises to win: Fort Bend Hightower, the 2010 Sandra Meadows Classic champion, breezed to an easy 59-40 opening-round win over Frisco Liberty. Tyler Gilbert, a 6-2 senior post, led the Lady Hurricanes, scoring 15 of her game-high 19 points in the second half.

Day’s top scorer: Nelsha Peterson, a 5-11 senior forward at Mesquite Horn, took individual scoring honors in the opening-round with 31 points in a 67-55 loss to Southlake Carroll. Peterson outscored the rest of her team by seven points. She had 12 2-point baskets, one 3-pointer and went 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

On tap Wednesday: Southlake Carroll vs. Little Rock (Ark.) Hall in a noon second-round matchup. Quarterfinals begin at 1:30 p.m. with Lafayette, Louisiana entry St. Thomas More facing THESA.