ROWLETT GIRLS BASKETBALL HAILEY HICKS

Hailey Hicks and Rowlett picked up a victory over Naaman Forest on Friday.

With a prospective battle for the top spot in 9-6A looming on Tuesday, neither Sachse nor Wylie got caught looking ahead, as each picked up victories on Friday.

The Mustangs improved to 5-0 in district as they rolled over South Garland in a 68-9 victory.

Sachse did not allow a point in the first half, opening a 30-0 lead at the break and a 21-3 run in the third quarter put it away.

The Pirates kept pace with a 41-25 victory over Lakeview. The Patriots actually led by one after a low-scoring first quarter, but Wylie doubled them up, 14-7, in the second to take the lead and they steadily pulled away from there.

Lynn Nwachukwu paced the Pirates with 13 points, Taylor Mcafee had 11 and Payton Miller was also in double figures with 10. Lakeview got 13 points from Carleece Gates and five from Passion Boldene.

There is now a three-way tie for third place after Rowlett downed Naaman Forest in a 43-29 victory, leaving the Eagles, Rangers and Patriots all at 3-2.

Rowlett got off to a good start and built a 27-14 lead by halftime. The second half was relatively even, but the Eagles were able to keep Naaman Forest at arm’s length.

The Eagles got a balanced scoring effort, led by nine points each from Jordan Myers, Makayla Johnson and Riana Carter. Alina Minor and Kayln Minor each had 14 points for the Rangers.

Garland emphatically picked up its first district win with a 67-14 victory over North Garland.

The Owls shut the Raiders out in the first quarter and raced to a 40-4 halftime lead.

Amaiya Dennis outscored North Garland by herself with 20 points, with Kyndal White and Kayla Mentee each adding 12. The Raiders got seven points from Pamela Garcia-Resendiz and four from Angelicia Monroe.

The battle for first place is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Sachse, Rowlett will look to keep rolling on the road at Garland, Lakeview hosts Naaman Forest in a big game and North Garland is at home to take on South Garland in a clash of teams searching for their first district victories.

For continued coverage on the local sports scene, follow Devin Hasson on Twitter: @DevinHasson

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