Girls basketball aims to stay undefeated in district


Grace Nguyen

Junior Carsen McFadden dribbles the ball past the Highland Park defender in a home game on Dec. 12 of last season. Lovejoy would go on to win the game 43-28.

Drew Doig, Staff Writer

The girls basketball team (21-5, 6-0) will look to stay undefeated in district as they host Royse City (11-7, 1-3) on Friday.

Royse City lost in its last game to Highland Park 54-43. The Bulldogs only have one district win thus far into the season, which came against West Mesquite.

Head coach Lance Boxell said that he his team has been preparing for Royse City, specifically focusing on decision making and shooting.

We will need to shoot the ball well from the outside and hold teams to one shot,” Boxell said. “We are going to have to make good decisions on the offensive end in our shot selection.”

On Tuesday, the team scored early against Mesquite Poteet, outscoring Poteet 17-7 during the first quarter. The team eventually came out on top, winning 52-47.

Senior Kaylee Rekieta paced the team with 17 points and four assists.

“I thought we played OK; however, there are still things we will have to focus and work on in order to win our district,” Rekieta said.

Sophomore Carsen McFadden also had a productive game, as she registered 11 points, eight rebounds, and five steals. Senior Taylor Meixelsperger contributed 12 points and eight rebounds in the win over Poteet.

“We made the game a lot closer than it should have been as we struggled with keeping our lead,” Meixelsperger said. “I thought we as a team could have played better I was happy with the win.”

Boxell thought the victory was crucial for the team, as Poteet had only lost once at home prior to the game.

It was a big win because they were the third place team going into the game,” Boxell said.  

Meixelsperger said that the team is gaining more confidence after each game.

“I think our defense has improved by holding them to longer offensive possessions,” Meixelsperger said. “As seniors, we are realizing it is our last season so we are focusing on each game.”

After the Royse City game, the team will go on the road Tuesday to face district rival Highland Park.