Defense powers FM Marcus girls into playoffs

The defending Class 5A state champion Flower Mound Marcus boys are attracting all the attention heading into the playoffs, but the Marcus girls may be poised for a run of their own behind a stellar defense.

Marcus (22-12, 11-3 in 8-5A) finished second in a highly competitive District 8-5A behind Plano West and held numerous area powerhouses to surprisingly low point totals.

Plano West, No. 3 in the ESPNDallas.com Class 5A area rankings, boasts one of the best offenses in the area and averages 64 points per game. It scored just 47 in a win over Marcus.

Plano East, which averages 57 points per game, put up just 29 on Marcus in a loss earlier this year.

Plano isn't too far behind East and West at 56 points per game. In two games against Marcus, Plano scored 29 and 37 points -- both losses.

On the year, Marcus is giving up 42 points per game, and any team with a great defense has a chance to win.

Unfortunately for Marcus, it opens the playoffs against a team that may have an even better defense -- Denton Guyer.

Guyer (25-8, 10-4 in 7-5A) finished dead last in District 7-5A a year ago and had its issues even before it moved up to 5A, but the team has rebounded under second-year coach Harold Colson, who put together strong defensive teams during his tenure at Arlington High.

The Lady Wildcats give up a miniscule 34 points per game.

The two play at 6 p.m. on Monday at Trophy Club Byron Nelson in a game where points will be at a premium.