The Leander Lions are now 1-0 in district play after their victory against the Georgetown Eagles, 51-32 on Friday.
“The locker room is feeling really good,” senior Leander guard David Bonner said. “It’s good to come out here and dominate like we did, and be able to play like we did tonight.”
Bonner was firing on all cylinders during the first quarter, scoring six points with the help of junior point guard Kristian Murphy, who had three. Georgetown was kept to a mere five points in the first, struggling to step up to the Lions’ defense.
“We’re all feeling excited,” Murphy said. “We’re starting district play, and we can’t wait to see how it turns out.”
At the end of the half, Leander held the lead at 30-15 after Murphy scored a three-pointer to close it. In the third quarter, Bonner scored an additional five points, finishing off his night with 12 points overall. For Georgetown, Chandler Herman and senior Dakota Cahill both scored three points each but their efforts were not enough to get the Eagles going.
“We’re doing good right now,” Leander junior forward Kobe Thompson said. “If we keep playing the way we are, we’ll probably win district.”
The fourth was a similar song and dance. Murphy scored an additional two off of free throws, capping off his night at 15 points total. Georgetown gained some momentum with junior Kaden Herbert and Matt Taparauskas ending the night strongly.
Leander coach Clint Bradley said he was happy with the performance of his team.
“A collective team effort on both ends of the floor [made this win possible],” Bradley said. “I think we guarded well, and we talk a lot about having strong starts, and we had a very strong start, and it gave us confidence, and we built off of that.”
The Lions hope their hot streak will continue as they face their next district opponent Vandegrift (3-2) on Jan. 5. Before then, Leander will compete in the Colony Classic tournament over the holiday break.
Jack Densmore is a senior at Leander High School participating in the Texas Top 100 Academy for Young Writers program. He also serves as the editor-in-chief for the LHS online newspaper. Follow him on Twitter at @densmorejack.