SOUTHLAKE, Texas -- Southlake Carroll had a rabid crowd on its side, possession of the ball, and chance to tie the score in the closing seconds of its game against District 7-5A leader Coppell on Friday night.
But the Dragons went for the win, and Max Berman's 3-pointer missed as the clock ran out on a 45-43 Coppell victory.
Coppell, No. 10 in the ESPNDallas.com Class 5A area rankings, moved two games ahead of Carroll in the district.
The Cowboys took control early and led 25-16 at halftime while holding the Dragons to three field goals.
But Carroll heated up in he second half, including four 3-pointers in the third period that fired up the home fans.
"We knew they weren't going to go away," Coppell coach Brad Chasteen said. "We're not going to hold a team down the whole game. We knew it was coming."
Will Brown led the Dragons' surge with a game-high 17 points and had Coppell worried down the stretch.
"I would have put it in Will Brown's hands," Chasteen said. "He had just gone to the basket, even against our zone, several times in a row. That's what we thought was going to happen."
While the victory gives the Cowboys breathing room in the district, they have to face contender Justin Northwest next.
"It's a heck of a league. We don't have much time to celebrate," Chasteen said.
Girls: Southlake Carroll 57, Coppell 34
Southlake Carroll, No. 8 in the ESPNDallas.com 5A area girls rankings, opened up a 36-13 lead by halftime and never let up.
"It was a statement game for us because we kind of slipped up a little bit," Carroll head coach Teri Morrison said. "Our district hasn't been really challenging and we hadn't been playing well. I thought we played really well tonight, so the statement was we got back into the groove of what we needed to do with three games left."
Carroll's Jamelle Jenkins scored a game-high 16 points, and teammate Kayla Reinhart added 11.