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Residence candy residence: State semifinalists return to CHS Area to defeat Byron Nelson

Isabella Callegaro Santos

Coppell senior guard Atia Medenica drives towards Byron Nelson freshman Milea Tice on Tuesday at CHS Area. The Cowgirls defeated the Bobcats, 63-48.

For the primary time since its state semifinal run, the Coppell women basketball crew performs by itself courtroom.

On Tuesday, the Cowgirls defeated Byron Nelson, 63-48, at CHS Area in its residence opener. The Cowgirls established a lead within the first quarter that prolonged all through the remainder of the night time–solely wavering for a short second when each groups have been tied 12-12 within the second quarter however Coppell maintained a sizable lead from then on. 

The sport was one in every of back-and-forth fouls and free throws, with 16 crew fouls from Byron Nelson, 24 from Coppell and a complete of 49 tried free throws from each groups. 

In keeping with Coppell coach Ryan Murphy, the crew was aggressive defensively all through the sport, naturally inflicting them to choose up extra fouls. Transferring ahead, Murphy stated the Cowgirls will concentrate on turning into extra disciplined with fouls, as a few of the expenses have been from late rotations and reaches. 

Three video games into its season, one of many major challenges Coppell works to beat its stress following final yr’s profitable season. In keeping with Murphy, the stress skilled by some gamers has contributed to a rising mentality among the many crew, affecting their play.  

“There’s a mentality [on the team] of desirous to play completely, however there’s no such factor as an ideal sport,” Murphy stated. “It’s nearly being constant and doing the little issues, so we centered higher within the third quarter however obtained drained and misplaced that focus.”

Murphy stated the crew is doing a greater job of taking that method, however remains to be engaged on differentiating itself from final yr’s crew.  

“On the finish of the day, expertise will not be what made us profitable,” Murphy stated. “It’s the tradition—the way in which we do issues, taking part in for one another, being scrappy and taking part in arduous. So our message to the gamers was to go on the market and struggle, compete and make the tradition higher, then every thing else will fall into place.”

The Cowgirls play at Sachse tonight at 6 p.m. Previous to going through the Mustangs, Coppell appears to work on ending their photographs and layups. 

“We’ve issues to work on however the optimistic factor is after every sport this yr; We’re speaking about new issues,” Murphy stated. “In order that tells us that we’re getting higher and trending in the appropriate course.”

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