Ryan went from looking like it was going to easily run Lake Dallas out of Billy Ryan Gym on Friday to needing a few extra baskets in the closing seconds to pull out a critical 79-73 win.
It was a wild turn of events for the Raiders, who got 29 points from Tashawn Banks and seemingly put the game away with a 16-0 run to open the third. The surge helped Ryan take a 17-point lead into the fourth quarter, when the Falcons answered with a staggering 29 points.
Austin Shepard finished with 28 points for Lake Dallas, which had six 3-pointers in the fourth. His trey with 56.4 seconds left pulled the Falcons to within five, but that’s as close as they got.
“I thought we were trying to find ourselves in the first half,” Ryan coach Bryce Overstreet said. “We played all right but didn’t guard real well. The third quarter was great for us, and we did a great job of defending and getting stops, which leads to transition offense. … We didn’t finish the way we would have liked, but I’m extremely proud of the guys.
“Every district win matters. They are all huge.”
Ryan (12-7, 2-3 District 8-5A) played without junior forward Jay Wilson, who Overstreet confirmed prior to the game is no longer enrolled at the school but did not comment any further. Wilson was averaging 19.7 points and last played in Tuesday’s loss to Little Elm.
Eight players scored for the Raiders on Friday. Beyond Banks, Treshaun Shivers scored 16 points and Josh King-Walker added nine. Joe Dickenson and Luke Hill each scored eight.
Banks finished with four 3-pointers.
“I felt like I had to pick up the slack to help my team win,” Banks said.
Lake Dallas came in still looking for its first district win but showed it is one of those teams that can compete with almost anyone. The Falcons trailed by seven at halftime and, despite Ryan’s surge to open the second half, found a way to claw back into the game.
Most of that was courtesy of Shepard, who scored all 12 of Lake Dallas’ points in the third quarter. Twenty-four of his 28 points came in the second half.
“The start of the third quarter was really rough, and the game got away from us,” Lake Dallas coach Josh Welch said. “But these guys kept fighting, and that was good to see.”
Lake Dallas 67, Ryan 52
Lake Dallas had four girls finish in double figures and used a patient offense to pick Ryan apart to close out the first half of the District 8-5A schedule.
Mackenzie Buss scored 22 points for the Lady Falcons (17-10, 4-2) and was a catalyst all night in the paint with teammate Dorian Norris, who added 18 points. Josephine Elliott and Ary Hughes added 10 apiece.
“I thought the girls followed our game plan tonight and did a great job of attacking the basket,” Lake Dallas coach Katherine Madison said. “They didn’t back down from anything.”
Lake Dallas began asserting itself in the second half, breaking open a 19-all game to take an eight-point lead into the break. They still led by six going into the fourth quarter when they outscored the Lady Raiders 21-12.
Halle Rucker led Ryan (9-14, 3-3) with 13 points. Kannessia Holbert added 10.
Ryan 79, Lake Dallas 73
Ryan 17 22 22 18—79
Lake Dallas 14 18 12 29—73
Ryan (12-7, 2-3) – Tashawn Banks 29, Treshaun Shivers 16, Josh King-Walker 9, Joe Dicken-son 8, Luke Hill 8, Billy Bowman Jr. 4, Kevin Thompson 3, EJ McBath 2.
Lake Dallas (0-4 district) – Austin Shepard 28, Yash Mattu 17, Sean Woodson 11, Desmond Holmes 9, Jason Castleberry 6, Jordan Smith 2.
Lake Dallas 67, Ryan 52
Ryan 19 7 14 12—52
Lake Dallas 19 15 12 21—67
Ryan (9-14, 3-3) – Halle Rucker 13, Kannessia Holbert 10, Kayra Thompson 9, Jadan Mitchell 8, La’Nyia Woodard 7, Semone Marshall 3, Larissa Moser 2.
Lake Dallas (17-10, 4-2) – Mackenzie Buss 22, Dorian Norris 18, Josephine Elliott 10, Ary Hughes 10, Allie Buchanan 4, Jorja Elliott 3.