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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
DeSoto girls survive scare to reach regionals

By Randy Jennings

The DeSoto girls basketball team will be making its sixth trip to a regional tournament in the last eight seasons thanks to Tuesday’s 58-57 victory over District 11-5A rival Mesquite at Lancaster High.

DeSoto (33-5) will face Spring Dekaney (38-1) in the second of two Region II semifinals at 8 p.m. Friday at Baylor’s Ferrell Special Events Center in Waco.

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Under Larry Goad, in his 27th year as head coach, DeSoto has reached at least the third round of the playoffs in eight straight seasons. DeSoto was a state finalist in 2008.

College signees Jordan Jones (Texas A&M) and Bryce Owens (New Mexico), a pair of 5-foot-6 senior guards, combined for the dramatic winning basket with 14 seconds remaining against upset-minded Mesquite (22-11).

Jones intercepted an inbound pass with DeSoto trailing 57-56. The steal led to a go-ahead layup for Owens. DeSoto withstood Mesquite’s final possession that ended in a missed 3-pointer.

The victory was the 16th in a row for DeSoto, which ended the regular season ranked No. 4 in ESPN Dallas Class 5A Top 10. Three of its wins in the current streak have come at the expense of Mesquite, including two in district play.

Jones, averaging a team-best 14.3 points a game, led DeSoto with 15 points. Owens, second on the season for the Lady Eagles with a 10.4 average, had 13.

Jones is ranked No. 14 nationally in the Class of 2012 by ESPNU Hoop Gurlz and No. 3 among point guards.

Mesquite’s Briana Caro led all scorers with 26 points, including eight 3-pointers.

The Lady Eagles have gotten solid play from 6-foot senior Summer Melontree, the team’s leading rebounder, and 6-foot junior forward Camesha Davis.