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October 26, 2023

Coppell unable to overtake Plano East in 77-50 loss

Minori Kunte
Coppell senior guard Carson Charanza scores a layup against Plano East senior Amanni Koustakis at CHS Arena on Friday. Plano East defeated Coppell, 77-50.

Plano East senior shooting guard Jordan Mizzel charges to the basket and scores a layup, establishing a lead that would endure throughout the night. 

On Friday, Class 6A No. 1 ranked Plano East defeated Coppell, 77-50, at CHS Arena in District 6-6A play. Coming into the game, Coppell was already on the lookout for some key mistakes its team could make when up against the number one team in the state.

Coppell junior center Ethan Macken scores against Plano East senior point guard Narit Chotikavanic at CHS Arena on Friday. Plano East defeated Coppell, 77-50. (Minori Kunte)

“The main thing was just playing physical, playing as a team,” senior forward Arhan Lapsiwala said. “We worked on boxing out rebounds and just playing together tonight.”

Coppell maintained a lead over the Panthers twice, both times occurring early in the first quarter when the score was 5-4 and again after senior guard Gabe Pehl converted a three-pointer making the score 8-5. Afterwards, it was complete offensive domination by Plano East, particularly its senior point guard Xavier Miller, senior shooting guard Jon Tran and junior center DJ Hall. Combined, they scored 39 points.

“We needed to execute better,” Lapsiwala said. “I think we got sped up at times a little bit. We just needed to follow the game plan.”

Plano East put on quite the offensive show throughout the night with slam dunks and cross court heaves from Miller leaving the crowd, including Coppell fans, in shock. 

Personally, I should have led the team a little bit better,” Lapsiwala said. “Sometimes guys get down on themselves a little bit too fast or put on plays too early and I take responsibility for not fixing that.”

With three district games remaining in the season the Cowboys need to have a short memory if they are to have a hope of making the playoffs, as they currently sit in sixth place and needing to finish among the top four in District 6-6A.

[Coach Clint Schnell] was just talking about how we need to be playing hard, playing more together,” Lapsiwala said. “This loss doesn’t define us and we have three big games left in this season. We need to win those three.”

The team’s remaining three games are against Plano, Plano West and Flower Mound Marcus. 

“We have eight seniors and understanding that we only have three games left in our high school careers, that’s going to definitely motivate everyone to play a lot harder and play with a little bit more of an edge,” Lapsiwala said. “I think that’s going to help us win those three.”

Coppell plays Plano on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at CHS Arena.

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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).    
Minori Kunte
Minori Kunte, Staff Cartoonist
Minori Kunte is a junior and the staff cartoonist for The Sidekick. She spends her time singing for the Madrigals and A Capella. In her free time outside of school, she enjoys painting scenic locations she’s spotted and making vlogs of her vacations for herself and her family to watch. Her favorite movie of all time is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. She enjoys watching Anne With An E and The 100, while snacking on Brookside Acai Dark Chocolate and Skinny Pop. She feels inspired when looking at art made by Anna-Laura Sullivan and Bob Ross. You can contact her at [email protected]

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