In a battle between two teams tied for fifth-place, the Wylie Lady Pirates were able to ride a quick start that the Denison Lady Yellow Jackets were unable to weather.

In a battle between two teams tied for fifth-place, the Wylie Lady Pirates were able to ride a quick start that the Denison Lady Yellow Jackets were unable to weather.


By the time Denison had settled down at both ends of the floor, the Lady Pirates followed Kennedi Foreman, who finished with 25 points, to a 62-48 victory over the Lady Jackets in District 13-4A action on Friday night.


Foreman had 16 points in the first half when the Lady Pirates were able to score easy baskets in transition off their full-court press that was a factor behind 13 first-quarter turnovers. The Lady Jackets had 12 the rest of the way.


Denison (3-10, 1-4), which was trying to win for the third time in its last four games, outscored Wylie by a point over the final three quarters but by that point the damage had been done.


Bailey Nixon scored 16 points to lead the Lady Jackets and Jamiah Ballard added 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench.


Neither team got off to a strong start and Denison had its only lead — 3-2 — when Nixon made a three-pointer with 5:40 left in the opening quarter. Kako Cox, who totaled 12 points, had back-to-back lay-ups off steals as Wylie built a double-digit lead and then Lauren Stallworth converted a pair of three-point plays in an 18-second span late in the frame for a 21-5 advantage.


Ballard and Nixon scored in the final 44 seconds but Denison was down 24-9 and the deficit proved too big to overcome. The Lady Jackets played Wylie almost even in the second quarter as the turnovers were reduced and Denison held the Lady Pirates scoreless for 3:30 to cut the deficit to 10 at 32-22.


Wylie pumped the lead right back up to 16 and it stayed there at the break when Foreman scored at the half-time buzzer.


The Lady Jackets were on the verge of getting within single digits several times in the second half. Wylie had a pair of baskets to open the third quarter but then went nearly three minutes without adding to its lead. Denison chopped the margin to 17 during that span and then had a another strong defensive effort to close the quarter. Dara Williams finished with a team-high 11 rebounds and Sahara Crawford was close to a double-double at seven points and nine rebounds.


In the last five minutes the Lady Pirates were stuck at 49 points and Denison used a 9-0 run, keyed by five points from Ballard, to be a basket away from a three-possession game.


It would be as close as the Lady Jackets could get, however, as Wylie scored the first six points of the final quarter and Denison didn’t get its first basket until midway through the frame. Ballard and Williams fouled out in the span of 38 seconds — with just over five minutes left — and from that point on the Lady Jackets made just three shots.