DeSoto girls start District 11-5A play on a roll

The DeSoto Lady Eagles will carry momentum from last week’s Sandra Meadows Classic into their District 11-5A opener at 7 p.m. Tuesday when they host Mesquite.

DeSoto finished strong in the Meadows tournament, winning its final three games to capture the Silver Bracket, taking down Waxahachie, Southlake Carroll and Temple in the process. The Lady Eagles were 4-1 in the three-day, 32-team event.

The strength of this Lady Eagles team is the backcourt. Senior 5-foot-6 guards Jordan Jones (Texas A&M) and Bryce Owens (New Mexico) have signed letters of intent. Both players were named to the Meadows all-tournament team.

DeSoto coach Larry Goad, in his 26th season, said his inside players began the season with a lack of experience, but are improving. The coach is replacing, among others, 6-foot-2 post Chelsea Gardner, now at Kansas.

Summer Melontree, a 6-foot senior, led the Lady Eagles with 12 points in a 42-32 win over Temple and had a team-best 14 points against Waxahachie.

In the win over Southlake Carroll, Owens had 22 points and junior 5-foot-7 guard Charron Montgomery chipped in with 14 points.

The Lady Eagles have made to the third round of the state playoffs the last seven seasons.