MESQUITE — The script couldn’t have been written much better for Highland Park’s debut in Class 6A girls basketball.
The Lady Scots secured a big early lead and cruised to a 51-34 victory over North Mesquite in the District 10-6A opener on Friday.
HP showed its progress in the up-tempo system of head coach Nicole Villarreal by controlling the pace and forcing a flurry of first-quarter turnovers. The Lady Scots (7-6, 1-0) opened up a 20-point lead midway through the second quarter and were never threatened.
“They’ve absorbed it and have really bought in,” Villarreal said about the new style of play. “They’re doing a good job so far.”
HP controlled the boards while the Lady Stallions (6-6, 0-1) struggled to find the basket before halftime.
Although the implementation of the new system has led to some inconsistency early in the season, Villarreal said HP gained some confidence with its play last weekend at the Curtis Culwell Invitational tournament in Garland, where the Lady Scots took fourth place and were competitive against strong opponents such as Mesquite Horn and Sachse.
“The momentum from that tournament really carried over to this first district game,” she said. “We talked about getting our focus and coming out in the first quarter. We jumped out scrappy.”
HP will return to action on Dec. 19 when it hosts Richardson Pearce.