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Boys basketball seeks to win third consecutive game
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Sophomore Kolby McSpadden elevates through traffic to shoot a layup.

The boys basketball team (8-15, 3-5 in district) will face Wylie East (2-18, 1-7) tonight at 7 p.m. as it looks to keep its two-game winning streak alive.

“We’ve taken down the second place team two weeks in a row, and we’ve felt really good about that,” head coach Kyle Herrema said. “For us, it’s just that cliche approach: take it one game at a time. We have to focus on what we’re doing and not worry what other people are doing. We can only control what we can control, and that’s us.”

In their previous match up versus Wylie East, the Leopards had a dominant game, winning 63-49. However, considering the depth of the district this year, Herrema said it is important that the team doesn’t go into Friday being too confident.

“Although Wylie East is at the bottom of the standings, they have been playing a lot of close games recently,” Herrema said. “I think they are dangerous. They had a game recently where they beat North Forney 90-85. Obviously, we just have to keep on winning ball games. Each game is super important, and we can’t look past them.”

Junior Luke Ledebur emphasized the importance of this game for the team, as playoffs are fast approaching.

“This is a big game for us,” Ledebur said. “We’ve already won the past two games, so if we can get a three-game winning streak, that would be big going into the final games of district to build momentum.”

The team recently ended the first round of district on a high note, coming out on top over West Mesquite (8-14, 4-4) by a score of 40-30. The Leopards continued the strong play Tuesday night in a 41-35 win against Forney (19-7, 5-3), outscoring the Jackrabbits by 20 points in the paint.

“We knew that we had an advantage in size against Forney,” Herrema said. “I thought we did a good job of moving the basketball and finding the right guy and trying to get the ball inside. The points showed that we really did dominate inside.”

With a one-point lead going into the fourth quarter, the Leopards pulled through with defense and clutch free throws in crunch time.

“We got stops when we needed them and were clutch from the free throw line late,” Herrema said. “Kolby McSpadden and Jonathan Lawrence both went 2-2 from the line with under a minute and a half to go.”

Ledebur also broke the school record for the amount of charges taken in one season, tallying up his 31st charge Tuesday night with six more regular season games still left to go.

“Taking a charge is an incredibly unselfish thing,” Herrema said. “You’re giving up your body to do a positive thing for your team. It really shows Luke’s unselfishness and how tough he is as a player.”

Ledebur’s ability to put his body on the line has had a large impact on the team’s defensive energy and the game as a whole.

“[Taking a charge] allows us to get opposing team’s best players in foul trouble, and it makes them paranoid when they’re driving in the lane,” Ledebur said. “It’s a big part of our defensive game plan to take charges on their best players.”

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Alexis Russell, Staff Writer
Alexis Russell is a senior this year, and it is her second year on staff. She mostly writes about sports, including volleyball, basketball, and baseball. Her favorite teams are the Mavs and Cowboys, and her most prized possession is an autographed cardboard cutout of Dirk Nowitzki’s head. Her hobbies include wake surfing, skiing, and sitting in her massage chair. Her all-time favorite movie is Dodgeball, and her favorite band is Del Water Gap. After graduation, she hopes to study International Relations at either UT or Arizona. She looks forward to a great year with The Red Ledger.
Jackie Carroll, LNN Executive Producer
Easily spotted by her signature maroon Vans or paint-stained Nikes, senior Jackie Carroll is (kind of) ready to take on senior year. Although she doesn’t often wear one to school, Jackie is slowly amassing a collection of hats and lives for the opportunity to sport her favorite baseball cap. You truly don’t know Jackie well enough if she hasn’t mentioned that her favorite movies are Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and you surely won't get far in a conversation without her bringing it up. Outside of the classroom, Jackie can be seen sporting her “Swimmer Things” swim cap as captain of the swim team or wearing a whistle around her neck while working as a lifeguard. Jackie is super excited to spend friday nights in the press box or on the sidelines working the digital scoreboard at football games, or afternoons in the classroom working as Executive Producer of Leopard Spotlight during her third year on the Lovejoy News Network Staff.
Kelsey Carroll, Section Editor
Senior Kelsey Carroll has never owned a dog or a cat, but she’s the proud caretaker of two mini cacti living their life on her windowsill, and she thinks that’s just enough. She never forgets to water them weekly, as she’s a fond planner user who prides herself on writing down just about any task, even “write staff bio,” which she just proudly accomplished. When she’s not strumming twangy ukulele chords in her bedroom on the weekends or attempting to play a cello countermelody in class during the week, Kelsey can be found dancing to whatever plays in her earbuds (which are constantly on her) while editing photos until her laptop battery dies each night. Her days start before the sun’s up at swim team, and end with her furiously deciding which of her 16 pairs of Harry Potter socks to wear the next day. Whether she’s shooting sideline photos and dodging officials on the football field, or manning a jumbotron camera for the fans to see, Kelsey loves to be involved in any visual coverage she can get her hands on. Although she’s soft spoken, Kelsey hopes to share stories through her photos and writing as she tackles her roles as photographer, community editor, and social media editor during her fourth and final year on staff.

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