Varsity boys basketball faces challenge in Wylie

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Mandy Halbert

Sophomore Chase Van Wagner takes a jump shot at last Friday’s game on Jan. 29.

Joe Vastano, Staff Reporter

The Leopards (7-17, 2-8 in district) take on the Wylie High School Raiders (12-11, 7-3) on the road tonight.

Wylie has had a successful season so far, standing at third place in district 10-5A. In the first meeting between the Leopards and the Raiders, Wylie pulled away in the second half, finishing with a 49-31 win. The Raiders senior small forward Noah Whitworth went off for 21 points in the victory, and LHS head coach Kyle Herrema said his team must stop the “versatile” player.

“He can shoot the three and take it off the bounce,” Herrema said. “He is great at getting to the free throw line. The two games that they have lost in district, he has only scored 13 and 14 points, so we have to make sure we stop him so he can’t get buckets.”

LHS is coming off a 57-31 road loss to Prosper High School (17-10, 8-2) on Tuesday. Juniors Braden Ledebur and Jackson Carswell led the Leopards in scoring, with 12 and 9 points, respectively.

Ledebur, one of the Leopards’ leaders on and off the court, went down early in district play with a broken hand but returned to play on Tuesday. Herrema said Ledebur’s return “changed the dynamic of our team.”

“We have had some guys playing out of position since Braden and Ty have both been hurt,” Herrema said. “So by having them back in the lineup, we can push the ball better in transition to get our scorers the ball, so they don’t have to be ball handlers.”