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October 26, 2023

Coppell squeaks by against Plano in back-and-forth Senior Night district affair

Rhea Choudhary
Coppell senior forward Arhan Lapsiwala shoots while being guarded by Plano sophomore Chris Hampton at CHS Arena on Tuesday. The Cowboys defeated the Wildcats, 64-62, on Senior Night.


Though the Coppell boys basketball team has a three-point lead over Plano, it’s anyone’s game with 11.3 seconds left on the clock. Coppell junior guard James Faison draws a foul from Plano and sinks the first free throw, extending the Cowboys’ lead to two possessions. 

Plano senior Stephen Reindorp scores off a rebound, 0.4 seconds before the buzzer resounds, ending the game. Reindorp’s last-ditch effort was ultimately not enough. The teams were tied on six different occasions throughout the night but Coppell defeated Plano, 64-62, at CHS Arena. 

“There were some moments in the game that didn’t go our way, but the guys did a good job of fighting through that adversity,” Coppell coach Clint Schnell said. “At the end of the day, they made enough plays to win the game so that’s ultimately what matters.”

Coppell senior forward Arhan Lapsiwala takes a 3-point shot against Plano junior Lathan Battiste at CHS Arena on Tuesday. The Cowboys defeated the Wildcats, 64-62, on Senior Night.

Plano held a two-point lead over the Cowboys by the end of the first quarter, but a 3-pointer by Coppell senior guard Arhan Lapsiwala put the Cowboys at the lead throughout the second quarter and into halftime. Plano finished the third quarter at 47-45 over Coppell, the lead alternating throughout the fourth quarter from there: Plano, Coppell, Plano, Coppell. 

Heading into the game, Coppell prepared for Plano senior UNT signee Tyran Mason. Though the Cowboys double-teamed him most of the night, Mason was still the Wildcats’ leading scorer, finishing at 21 points.  

Alongside the victory, Coppell celebrated its Senior Night, recognizing eight graduating seniors from its roster of 13. 

“I’ve known a lot of them for most of their childhood so to see them grow up and become the young men they are, it leaves an empty space in my heart, too,” Schnell said. “I hate to see how fast it goes from when they arrive as freshmen to this point now but I just hope they have enjoyed their experience here.” 

As for the remainder of District 6-6A play, Coppell travels to Plano West on Friday at 7 p.m. and Flower Mound Marcus on Tuesday at 7 p.m. According to Schnell, the Cowboys need to win both to have a shot at playoffs, as Coppell is currently in sixth place. 

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Ava Johnson
Ava Johnson, Sports Assignment Editor
Ava is a senior and the sports assignment editor for The Sidekick. If she’s not working on a piece, you can find her reading, spending time with loved ones, or listening to music. You can contact her at [email protected], or through Instagram at (@heylolitsava).
Rhea Choudhary
Rhea Choudhary, Staff Writer
Rhea Choudhary is a junior at Coppell High School; she first took a step in D115 in order to pursue photography for The Sidekick. Despite her initial intentions, she is now a second year member, returning as a staff writer. At first, thought she wasn't the best fit for writing, but after deciding to give it a shot, she soon realized that she let her fear keep her from finding what she truly enjoys doing!  As an avid show binger, Rhea’s top three shows include Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls and One Tree Hill, as she can go on for hours talking about any of them. She also loves watching classic Hindi movies (with lots of iconic songs and actors in them), along with consistently enjoying listening to her 24-hour Bollywood music playlist, on a loop. Her favorite food is drunken noodles and sushi, along with loving any sweets that contain milk chocolate or caramel. As a member of HOSA, Rhea hopes to pursue a future career in medicine, specifically to become an oncologist. Rhea has completed her Bharatanatyam arangetram, a solo debut/graduation, and is still a dedicated dancer. As an only child that keeps the volume in her house very high at all times, Rhea’s number one friend is Teddy Graham, her mini goldendoodle. Feel free to reach Rhea at [email protected] or follow her on X @rhea_choud.

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