High School: Jan. 20 boys notes

Lewisville leaning on junior guard tandem

January, 19, 2011
The guard tandem of Ryan Bowie and Ray Dorsey has Lewisville well positioned in a competitive District 8-5A.

Bowie, who averages 15.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game, and Dorsey, who averages 11.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game, are juniors, giving the Farmers one of the most formidable backcourts in the area for the foreseeable future.

Lewisville (18-6, 5-1) is second only to No. 1 Flower Mound Marcus in 8-5A coming up on the midway point of district play.

“They’ve been really good,” Lewisville head coach Henry Thomas said. “They’ve pretty much carried us.”

Recruiters are hot after both players. Thomas expects both to play for Division I colleges.

The two have helped Lewisville make a seamless transition to the 2011 season after the Farmers lost scorers Brandon Jefferson and Jordan Richardson to graduation.

The Farmers average a strong 64 points per game.

On Tuesday, Lewisville got revenge on Plano West, the team that knocked the Farmers out of the playoffs in 2010. After trailing by seven at halftime, Lewisville stormed back for a 64-59 win.

Lewisville plays at Allen at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Frisco ISD eyes sweep of District 9-4A

January, 19, 2011
Frisco ISD could send four schools to the playoffs in District 9-4A.

Currently, Wakeland (16-4, 6-0), Centennial (16-8, 4-2), Frisco (15-8, 4-2) and Liberty (11-10, 3-2) occupy the top four spots in 9-4A. The only Frisco school behind any of the three Carrollton schools -- Creekview (10-14, 3-3), Newman Smith (10-13, 2-3) and R.L. Turner (3-14, 1-5) -- is Heritage (3-15, 0-6), which is playing its first varsity season and has yet to win a district game.

Frisco’s dominance of the district has a lot to do with Carrollton losing the head-to-head matchups. Not counting games against Heritage, Creekview is 0-3 against Frisco schools, Newman Smith is 1-2 and Turner is 0-3.

The Carrollton schools have a chance to make up some ground on Friday though when Wakeland hosts Newman Smith, Turner hosts Frisco and Creekview hosts Centennial. Heritage has a bye.

SMU-bound post pacing Arlington Lamar

January, 19, 2011
With 6-foot-8 SMU signee Cannen Cunningham leading the way, Arlington Lamar is challenging for its first boys basketball playoff berth since the 2003-04 season.

Cunningham is averaging 20.3 points a game in league play, helping Lamar to a 4-2 record in District 4-5A -- good enough for a three-way share of second place along with Arlington High and Arlington Bowie.

Lamar is 1-1 in head-to-head play with the other second-place teams, having beaten Arlington, 52-51, and lost to Bowie, 59-54.

Cunningham scored 23 points in Lamar's 61-63 rout of Arlington Sam Houston on Tuesday.

The Vikings (18-8) go on the road to meet first-place North Crowley (20-5, 6-0 in 4-5A) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the final game of the first half of district play. North Crowley is No. 6 in ESPNDallas.com Class 5A Top 10.

FW Trimble Tech thrives on right path

January, 19, 2011
These are great days for the Fort Worth Trimble Tech boys basketball team.

The Bulldogs (21-5, 9-1 in District 6-4A) are gaining respect not only locally but statewide.

In his fifth season as coach, Wendell Ivory has Tech in position to reach the state playoffs for the third straight year.

Like most rebuilding jobs, success has come in gradual steps. A youth movement changed the climate when Ivory took over and the young players began to learn how to compete and win.

Trimble Tech is No. 5 in ESPNDallas.com Class 4A Top 10 and No. 7 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches 4A state rankings.

The starting five consists of three seniors in forwards Andre Crear, Jordan Gray and point guard Pat Allen, and two junior wings -- Charles Hill and Brandon Jackson.

Fort Worth Carter-Riverside came along in a bad place on the Bulldogs’ schedule Tuesday. Three days earlier, Trimble Tech lost its first district game of the season to first-place Fort Worth Arlington Heights, 67-59, despite a furious fourth-quarter rally.

The Bulldogs throttled Carter-Riverside, 83-20.

Trimble Tech will face Fort Worth North Side at 6 p.m. Friday at Fort Worth’s Billingsley Field House.