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October 26, 2023

Strong first quarter propels Cowgirls to district victory over Plano West

Niharika Tallapaka
Coppell junior forward Kennedy Paul scores a layup on Tuesday at the CHS Arena. Coppell defeated Plano West, 46-29, in the District 6-6A opener.

On Tuesday night, the Coppell girls basketball team took on Plano West in a 46-29 victory in its District 6-6A opener. The game was Coppell’s district opener as well as Middle School night at CHS Arena.

The first quarter was action packed and proved to be the key to success for the Cowgirls. The quarter ended on a high as senior guard Atia Medenica charged down the court to score two points in the final seconds and bring the score to 19-5.

“We ensured we moved the ball well around the zone and that we paid attention to [sophomore guard Zaviyana Madison] as she was their main scorer,” Medenica said. “We also focused on defensive rotations and being able to make the simple passes on zone coverages.”

A dominant first quarter gave Coppell the lead for the remainder of the game. The rest of the game was an offensive show by Coppell filled with completed free throws and three pointers as Plano West attempted to close the widening gap. 

“I feel like this kind of gave us a spark,” Medenica said. “We showed how good we can do even with little mistakes. I think we have to work on consistency but I think this was a great way to start district.”

Paul proved to be an integral component in the team’s success, dominating on both offense and defense. However, in the middle of the third quarter, Paul took a hit to the ankle and limped out of the game. She was replaced with freshman guard Jamyson High-Williams for the remainder of the game.

Coppell plays at Flower Mound Marcus tonight at 6:15 p.m.

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Nyah Rama
Nyah Rama, CHS9 Editor
Nyah is a junior and the CHS9 editor for The Sidekick. Although she was inspired by Rory from Gilmore Girls at 9 years old, Nyah’s journey in the school newspaper and journalism started when she won Writer of the Week during a journalism summer camp. Outside of writing for The Sidekick, Nyah is also an editor for the magazine TaHB, which focuses on topics and events in the science and medical field. When not working on a story for The Sidekick, struggling through IB classes, or editing for TaHB magazine, Nyah enjoys critiquing reality TV with her friends over FaceTime, listening to female rap artists such as Cardi B, Saweetie and Latto, and keeping up with her football team, the New York Jets. As a proud New Jerseyan, born and raised for 5 years, Nyah attributes her opinionated personality to her Jersey origin. She loves everything about the American Northeast: people’s aggressive attitudes and aggression, and the busy city lifestyle. To discuss Patrick Mahomes’ football career, share opinions on reality TV characters, or discuss rap culture, you can contact Nyah by email at [email protected] or on Instagram (@nyah_rama).    
Niharika Tallapaka
Niharika Tallapaka, Staff Photographer
Niharika is a sophomore and it’s her first year on The Sidekick as a staff writer.

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