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October 26, 2023

Survive and advance is the name of the game

Maddy Park
Coppell senior guard Gabe Pehl dribbles around with Hebron senior Jalen Hayes defending on Tuesday. Coppell won against Hebron at the CHS Arena, 48 – 46, on Tuesday.

16.2 seconds on the clock remain. The Coppell boys basketball team trails by two, and need a quick bucket to tie or win the game. Junior guard Bryce Ward inbounds the ball to 6-7 junior center Ethan Macken. 

A race ensues as senior guard Gabe Pehl beats Hebron’s defense to the ball. Macken tosses it back to Pehl and the fadeaway three is drained with 10.2 on the clock. 

“I mean the guy can shoot,” Macken said. “I held on to the ball long enough for Gabe to get around the defense and it paid off.”

The crowd went crazy as a  Senior Night came to a close, 48-46, in a Coppell win on Tuesday at CHS Arena. 

“I already had missed one shot and luckily we got the ball back and I had another chance,” Pehl said. “I didn’t expect coach to call my number but he did even after a couple of costly mistakes.”

The game started out slow for Coppell as it had no answer for Hebron’s physicality. After going down 17-5 after the first quarter, Coppell coach Clint Schnell decided it was time for a change.

“We had just been running screen and set plays which they had primarily figured out pretty quickly,” Schnell said. “I turned to a more motionbased offense to where we had isolations and more shot opportunities.”

Coppell junior center Ethan Macken goes for the basket on Tuesday. Coppell won against Hebron at the CHS Arena, 48 – 46, on Tuesday. (Maddy Park)

With the season on the line, Coppell wouldn’t go down without a fight. Going on an electric 15-4 run in the second quarter brought the game to one point going into halftime. 

With the Hebron lead cut to 21-20 at halftime, Coppell was hyped and ready to go.

“Going into halftime on a high note is always a positive thing,” Pehl said. “We knew we wanted it more and that they were going to give us a fight coming into the second half.”

With Coppell riding momentum, it went on another run, and the offense started to click. With the score mounting, Coppell was up 38-31 going into the fourth. 

“That third quarter was crucial,” Schnell said. “Not only did we have a cushion, but we had enough to stop the bleeding when it came.”

And the bleeding arrived in the fourth as Hebron took a two-point lead with 36.2 seconds. 

With Coppell still in the District 6-6A hunt to advance to the Class 6A playoffs, it needs to keep winning.

“Obviously this win hypes us up because it keeps our season alive,” Schnell said. “As long as we are in the hunt to make the playoffs, we have as good a team as anyone out there, and we are going to show it.” 

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Namir Awan
Namir Awan, Staff Photographer
Namir is a junior and a 2nd year staff writer for The Sidekick. Namir loves to watch and play basketball and football. Namir enjoys learning about history because he likes learning about the past. He also loves to play video games with his friends; his favorite game is Rocket League. Namir also works at Kumon; he enjoys working there because he enjoys helping kids learn math and reading. Namir is excited for this upcoming year as he goes into his second year of being on The Sidekick. You can contact him at [email protected].
Maddy Park
Maddy Park, Staff Photographer
Staff photographer Maddy Park ended up in The Sidekick in an unexpected way. After landing a leg injury, Park had to switch out of soccer and decided ‘Why not join the school’s newspaper?’ From owning her own Sidekick subscriptions before, Park has always enjoyed reading and looking at pages on the newspaper, and decided she wanted to be a part of it all. Ever since middle school, Park has been part of the art program and appreciates what it brings to the table. Outside of school, Park plays for her club soccer team, DKSC and has been playing soccer since kindergarten. She enjoys being part of a team and getting to support one another. Her favorite movie is Lalaland and her favorite artist is JOJI. You can contact her through her email at [email protected] or on Instagram at @maddy.yp_73.

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