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Lady Bulldog A'Nayah Wooten is pressured by Buffalo defenders during district basketball action Friday night in the old CHS gym.Lady Bulldog A'Nayah Wooten is pressured by Buffalo defenders during district basketball action Friday night in the old CHS gym.By Larry Lamb
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CROCKETT – Knocking off the rust after a 12-day holiday hiatus, Crockett Lady Bulldogs rang in 2022 by beating Groesbeck and Buffalo.

This was the third straight district win for the Lady Bulldogs (3-2), who played Westwood on Tuesday. Crockett will host No. 3-ranked Fairfield (5-0) on Friday to wrap up the first half of district. All remaining home games will be played in the old CHS gym due to a bubble in a section of the wood court in the Hopkins Activity Center.

Hitting the road last Tuesday, junior Tocarra Johnson recorded her first career triple-double to spark the Lady Bulldogs in a 50-41 win over Groesbeck. 

Johnson finished the night with 18 points, 22 rebounds and 10 steals

“We started off really shaky. We hadn’t played a game since Dec. 22, so it was definitely expected,” said  coach TaNesiah Johnson.

Crockett only led 15-10 after a quarter and outscored the Lady Goats by four in the second for a 26-17 halftime lead.

The Lady Dogs were up 40-29 after three but were outscored by two in the final period.

Freshman Tania Davis followed Johnson in double figures with 10, while Ty'Reyanna Beasley and sophomore A'Nayah Wooten chipped in 8 apiece.

“We did well but I thought my defense was not at its best at all. We are just returning from a long break without a game so this was conditioning and finding the stamina as well. I really couldn't complain,” added Johnson.

Hosting Buffalo (0-5) Friday night, the Lady Bulldogs took control in the second half and went on to win 75-20.

Up by 15 at halftime, Crockett stepped on the gas in the third quarter and outscored Buffalo 22-4. The Lady Bulldogs dominated the fourth quarter, 28-6.

"Of course, we started off flat. We were playing on their level and not ours. We should have controlled the tempo," said Johnson. "I always say we need three scorers in double figures and we got it, plus we had a couple of others with six. We finally brought it."

"We played our style of basketball in the third and fourth quarters. We have to start off early in every game. We can't start off flat against Franklin or Teague because we're trying to upset them," added Johnson.

Johnson flirted with her second triple-double, booking 31 points, 26 rebounds and 8 steals. She picked up 12 of her points on the final period.

Wooten joined Johnson in a fourth quarter scoring frenzy and canned 10, giving her a total of 13 for the night. Davis rounded out double figures with 12.

Also scoring were Alayah Hopkins and La’Kyriah Hamilton with 6 apiece, Chelsea Walker with 3, and Beasley and Keaton Crabtree with 2 each.

“Our bench stepped up and contributed as well. That’s been our biggest struggle. My first five get it done but we don’t have the depth. Tonight we actually brought the depth,” said the coach.

With state-ranked Fairfield (24-1) coming to town Friday, Johnson offers this advice to her players: “You can beat any team. Just play your game and don’t give up. We’re not going to go out there and just roll over and die just because it’s Fairfield.”

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