Sports

Fri
20
Jan

Indians narrowly fall short in back-to-back losses


Photo by Ayla Rightenour Grand Saline’s Judson Truett puts up a jumper over the outstretched arms of an Alba-Golden defender Jan. 13.

The Grand Saline Indians found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard in back-to-back district contests last week, never quite getting over the hump in a to Alba-Golden before suffering a come-from-behind loss to Mineola.

Missed opportunities via turnovers was a key factor in Grand Saline's 54-51 loss to Alba-Golden Jan. 13, with the Indians turning the ball over 23 times on the night.

Despite the miscues, Grand Saline played tough throughout, trailing just 11-9 after one quarter of play.

The second quarter would be the most productive of the night for both offenses as the two teams combined for 41 points in a fast-paced quarter. Heading into the halftime break, Alba maintained a slim 31-30 lead on the Indians.

Alba outpaced Grand Saline 15-12 in the third quarter before holding off any attempt at an Indian comeback in the fourth to secure the win.

Fri
20
Jan

Lady Mustangs squash Hornets, 81-31

The Martins Mill Lady Mustangs, ranked fourth overall among all 2A teams in the state according to the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association Weekly Poll, continued to play to their lofty state ranking Jan. 17 by throttling another district opponent with stellar play on both ends of the court.

Quinlan Boles served as the latest victim in the Lady Mustangs dominant run, getting blown off the court in all four quarters of a 81-31 loss.

Balance offensively was the name of the game for Martins Mill with four separate Mustang players hitting double-digits in points. Calli Camacho finished with a game-high 22 points, followed by Briley Moon with 18, Abbie Orrick with 16, Hailey Celsur with 11.

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Sun
15
Jan

Lady Indians


Photo by Ayla Rightenour Senior post Caitlyn Amaya narrowly missed out on double-double in Grand Saline’s 56-39 win over Quitman, finishing with seven points and 10 rebounds.

The Grand Saline Lady Indians overcame a tough shooting night against Eustace Jan. 10, connecting on just 17/62 field goal attempts in recording a 56-39 win over Quitman. Free throw shooting would play a key role in the game as the Indians connected on 12 more attempts in their victory.

Quinlan managed to build an early lead against Grand Saline in the game, outscoring the Lady Indians 13-12 through eight minutes of play.

Led by Kenzie Gardner and Brooklyn Bolin, Grand Saline responded in a big way by topping Quitman 20-7 in the second quarter to build a 32-20 lead.

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Sat
14
Jan

Indians drop two in district play

The Grand Saline Indians took to the court twice in District 12-3A play during the past week, hosting a district game against Eustace and traveling to Quitman. The Indians finished 0-2 on the week, falling by eight to Eustace and seven to Quitman.

Jordan Smith helped lead the way offensively against Eustace Jan. 6, finishing with a team-high 19 points in a 63-51 loss to the Bulldogs.

Eustace built a 16-9 lead after one quarter of play before weathering a 20-15 run by the Indians in the second to maintain a 31-29 lead.

The Bulldogs gradually pulled away of the final 16 minutes of play, outscoring Grand Saline 15-10 in the third quarter and 17-12 in the fourth quarter for the 63-51 win.

Outside of Smith’s 19, other Grand Saline scorers included Jaxon Taylor with 11 points and Phillip LaPrade with nine points. Trent Easley finished with four points and a team-high 13 rebounds.

Sat
14
Jan

Lady Cats get past Avinger, 51-48

The Fruitvale Lady Cats opened District 24-1A play at home Jan. 6 with a game against the Avinger Lady Indians. Led by a combined 30 points from Amy Anderson and Emily Driskill, Fruitvale came away with a 51-48 win.

Posting on the Fruitvale ISD website, Coach Casey Chase noted, “The Lady Cats came out hot and aggressive and built an early lead, but Avinger responded with some tough three-point shooting to keep the game close throughout. The Lady Cats were able to do just enough to hold off Avinger as they never trailed in the game.”

Amy Anderson finished play with a monster effort, recording a double-double behind 15 points and 15 rebounds. Emily Driskill also added 15 points to help the Lady Cats move to 1-0 overall in district play.

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Fri
13
Jan

Hawks soar past Bobcats, 78-36

The Fruitvale Bobcats hit the court against a talented team in their second to last non-district game of the season this week, taking on District 16-2A’s Hawkins Hawks Jan. 10.

A competitive first quarter gave way to a Hawkins runaway victory in the contest as the Hawks outscored Fruitvale 48-15 in the second and third quarters combined en route to a 78-36 win.

The Bobcats hung tough in the first quarter, keeping the score close at 16-10 in favor of Hawkins.

Offensive and defensive struggles in the second quarter would begin to change the tone of the game dramatically, with Hawkins lighting up the scoreboard for 27 points to take a 43-18 lead into the half.

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Fri
13
Jan

Cabela's King Kat Tournament Trail announced

The Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail will hit the waters of Lake Tawakoni at W. Tawakoni, Texas March 4. This is the opportunity for local catfish anglers to compete for cash, prizes and a chance to advance to the Cabela’s King Kat North and South Championship.

This year's Northern Championship will be held September 22-23 on the Cumberland River (Old Hickory Lake) at Gallatin, Tennessee. The Southern Championship will be held October 6-7 on Lake Wateree at Camden, South Carolina. Be sure to check out our website at: www.kingkatusa.com and like our Cabela's King Kat Facebook Page. Both sites contain new and exciting information on our events along with special information for catfish anglers everywhere.

Registration

Thu
12
Jan

Lady Mustangs continue district dominance

The Martins Mill Lady Mustangs found themselves in a rare position on Tuesday night, getting outshot from behind the three-point line by Campbell by a 7-5 margin.

Despite their advantage from long range, Campbell could do little to slow down the Martins Mill machine as the Lady Mustangs closed play with 22-6 run to take a 65-43 win.

The Lady Mustangs, ranked 5th in the Texas Girls Coaches Association 2A State Poll, took a 21-11 lead over the Indians after one quarter of play.

The pace slowed considerably in the second quarter with Martins Mill outscoring Campbell 13-9 to take a 34-20 lead into the half.

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Sat
07
Jan

Hawks narrowly clip Fruitvale, 44-43

The Fruitvale Lady Cats came painfully close to upending the visiting Hawkins Lady Hawks Jan. 3, suffering a tough 44-43 loss in their final tune-up before beginning district play against Avinger Jan. 6.

Posting on the Fruitvale ISD website, Coach Casey Chase stated, “The Lady Cats came out hot in the first half and except for a few big threes by Hawkins had a pretty strong performance on both ends of the floor as they took a 27-19 lead into the half. However, the third quarter did not go well for the Lady Cats as extreme foul trouble and excessive turnovers limited them to just five points. The Lady Cats never found their stride again as Hawkins continued to chip away at the lead. A back and forth game saw Hawkins go to the free throw line with 10 seconds left to hit the go ahead free throw and put Hawkins up 44-43. The Lady Cats had two great shots at the end to try and steal the win, but both shots rimmed out.”

Sat
07
Jan

Lady Dogs play five games following Christmas


Photo by Tracy Erwin Edgewood freshman Tabitha Parker brings the ball up the court during play against the Grand Saline Lady Indians Jan. 3.

The Edgewood Lady Dogs spent plenty of time on the court following the Christmas holiday, competing in four games at the Macy Chenevert Patriot Holiday Classic in Tyler Dec. 28-30 before resuming district play against Grand Saline Jan. 3.

Edgewood finished those five games with a 2-3 record overall, including going 2-2 in their post-holiday tournament appearance.

The Lady Dogs opened tournament play Dec. 28 against one of the best 4A teams in the state, losing 66-36 to the Gilmer Lady Buckeyes.

Poor second quarter play played a key role in the game, with Edgewood getting outscored 16-3 in the frame as Gilmer took a commanding lead.

Katy Pool finished as Edgewood's leading scorer in the game, finishing with 12 points. Kenzie Smith scored six points, Tyler Johnson five and Nicole Neal three.

The Lady Dogs bounced back in a big way Dec. 29, stifling Bishop Gorman at every turn in a 56-21 Edgewood win.

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