Tyler Lee rallied from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to take a 66-65 win over Rowlett on Friday night at REL Varsity Gymnasium.
With Rowlett leading 57-46 with 7:38 remaining, the Red Raiders used pressure defense and quick baskets to go on a 15-0 run for a 61-57 lead with 3:43 to play.
Bryce Campbell started the run with a layup after a block by Matt Wade. Jaiden Pinson hit a 3-pointer, and Campbell then turned a steal into a dunk. A Jamal Jones dunk, followed by a steal and layup from Pinson tied the game. Pinson had another steal and layup, and Jones then scored inside to put the score at 61-57.
Rowlett came back with a three by Geontay Davis, but Wade hit a triple of his own.
With Lee leading 66-62 with just more than a minute remaining, Davis connected from deep to cut the score to 66-65 with 1:08 to play.
Lee had three turnovers in the final 35 seconds, but Rowlett missed five chances at the lead and stepped out of bounds with one second on the clock as the Red Raiders picked up their sixth consecutive win.
During halftime of the girls’ game, head coach Alan Simmons was presented a ball commemorating his 400th career win, which came in a 62-45 victory over Forney on Nov. 19.
Win No. 407 was a nailbiter.
Lee led 8-4 early before Rowlett went up 14-10. Buckets by Wade and Jaylon Spencer tied the score at 14 after the first quarter.
Lee led 30-25 with 1:05 left in the half, but Zavian Henderson knocked down consecutive 3-pointers, including one with 9 seconds on the clock. Jones scored on a drive with 1 second to play to give the Red Raiders a 32-31 lead at halftime.
The lead changed hands nine times in the third quarter before Rowlett went on a 14-2 run to lead 54-45 heading into the final frame.
Jones led Lee (9-6) with 16 points. Wade had 13 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks. Pinson also had 13 points. Jeremiah Turner had eight rebounds, and Will Mitchell and Jordan Davault each grabbed seven boards.
Henderson led Rowlett with 13 points. Coltyn Collins had 11 points — all in the second half. Torian Harris and Davis had 10 points each.
The Red Raiders will play at West Mesquite on Dec. 20.
Tyler Lee 56,
Mount Pleasant 34
As Mount Pleasant tried to inch closer in the second half, Alyssia Thorne and Aaliyah Campbell held the Lady Raiders secure the win.
Lee led 17-6 at the end of the first quarter, holding Mount Pleasant to one made field goal — a 3-pointer by Jordyn Hargrove.
The lead was 33-13 at the break.
Mount Pleasant cut the score to 40-26 in the third quarter, but Campbell and Thorne combined for a 5-0 run to make the score 45-26 at the end of the third quarter.
The duo started the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run to push the lead to 52-26. Thorne and Campbell scored all of the Lady Raiders’ points for the first 13 minutes of the second half before a floater by JaNiece Ibeto with 3:03 remaining.
Campbell had 18 points and five steals, and Thorne finished with 14 points and six rebounds. Aaliyah Morgan added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Lady Raiders.
Kenya Bates led Mount Pleasant with 14 points.
The Lady Raiders (11-5) will open District 11-6A play Tuesday at Rockwall-Heath.
Tyler Lee 66, Rowlett 65
Rowlett 14 17 23 11 — 65
Lee 14 18 13 21 — 66
ROWLETT — Zavian Henderson 13; Will Burnett 6; Torian Harris 10; Geontay Davis 10; Udo Anyiam 4; Coltyn Collins 11; LJ Olayinka 6; Micah Clark 5.
LEE — Jamal Jones 16; Jaiden Pinson 13; Bryce Campbell 8; Jordan Davault 4; Matt Wade 13; Jaylon Spencer 8; Will Mitchell 4.
Tyler Lee 56,
Mount Pleasant 34
MP 6 7 13 8 — 34
Lee 17 16 12 11 — 56
MOUNT PLEASANT — Paris Beard 9; Jordyn Hargrove 8; Kenya Bates 14; Taryanna McNary 3.
LEE — Vanessa Hayward 2; Aaliyah Campbell 18; Aaliyah Morgan 16; Alyssia Thorne 14; Ella Rook 2; I’Onna Jones 2; JaNiece Ibeto 2.