Other than a 69-66 overtime victory against Grapevine on Jan. 5, the Lake Dallas girls basketball team has looked rather dominant against District 6-5A foes.
The Lady Falcons, ranked No. 15 in Class 5A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, had won nine of their first 13 district games by at least 20 points. However, Denton Ryan, a team that Lake Dallas defeated by 22 points Jan. 8, gave the Lady Falcons all that they could handle Tuesday evening.
The Lady Raiders rallied from an eight-point deficit at the end of the third quarter to extend the game, but in a contest that needed two overtimes to be decided, Lady Falcon junior point guard Mackenzie Buss helped Lake Dallas to survive a scare.
Buss scored 23 points to pace Lake Dallas in a 55-51 victory, giving the Lady Falcons (21-5 overall, 13-0 conference) their 15th straight win and ensuring that the 6-5A champions remained unbeaten in district play.
Lake Dallas overcame a game-high 26 points from Denton Ryan sophomore Janiah Allen.
The Lady Falcons concluded the regular season Friday at Richland.
Lake Dallas will open the Class 5A playoffs with a bi-district matchup against Aledo at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, to be played at Bridgeport High School. Last season, the Lady Falcons went all the way to the regional semifinals for the first time since 2008.