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Crockett boys edge past Tarkington

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011923 BostonJunior Antwaain Boston launches a game-deciding 3-pointer with :46 left in Crockett's 45-43 district win over Tarkington.

By Larry Lamb
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CROCKETT– Crockett Bulldogs eked out a 45-43 district win over the Tarkington Longhorns at The Hop on Friday night.

The Bulldogs were leading 40-34 early in the fourth quarter when Tarkington scored seven unanswered points to nudge in front 41-40 with 3:55 left.

Jadyn Collins scored a go-ahead bucket with 1:34 left but the Longhorns matched it at the 1:10 mark to take a 43-42 lead.

On Crockett's next possession, Antwaain Boston swooshed in a 3-pointer from the left wing with :46 left for a 45-43 cushion.

Tarkington was forced to foul and sent Boston to the line twice for one-and-ones.

The junior missed the front end on his first trip to the line with 10.4 seconds left. Tarkington grabbed the rebound but Boston stole the ball and was immediately fouled, sending him back to the line with 2.1 ticks left.

Boston's free throw missed the mark. Tarkington collected the rebound and heaved up a desperation shot that hit the backboard and bounced away as the final buzzer sounded.

Crockett improved to 4-1 in district while Tarkington slipped to 3-2.

Crockett hosted Trinity on Tuesday and hits the road Friday for a showdown with undefeated district leader New Waverly.

Bulldog head coach Drae Murray said he lightheartedly scolded Boston after the game for missing his free throws down the stretch.

"Antwaain reminded me that he did hit that big trey that put us ahead. He's a gamer and a trooper. He normally makes free throws for us at the end of the game. The ball just didn't bounce his way tonight," said Murray. "Antwaain hit the big three and then he came up with a big steal to end the game, so we'll overlook those free throws."

The Bulldogs led 10-4 after a quarter but Tarkington cut it to a point early in the second. Crockett reeled off a 12-0 run to pull away and took a 26-15 lead into halftime.

Tarkington went on a 10-0 tear in the third quarter to whittle Crockett's lead to 29-26 at the 3:53 mark. The Bulldogs led by as many as six but the Longhorns scored in the closing seconds of the third to make it 36-32.

Collins was Crockett's only double-digit scorer with 15.

Courtney Byrd finished with 7, followed by Boston with 6 (2 treys) and Tywoin Delane with 5. Chase Ivey had 4 while Nate Ivey and Jaroderick Holmes each contributed a trey. Iverson Rischer rounded out the scoring with 2.

"We knew this was going to be a tough one just because of the way Tarkington plays. At first we controlled the tempo. In the second half for some reason we stopped running and got out of our game plan. They controlled the tempo and that's how they were able to get back in the game," said Murray. "They want to play games in the 40s. If it's in the 40s they feel like they have a shot. We knew we had to get in the 60s to really run away with it and we couldn'tdo it."

"We only scored 10 in the third and 9 in the fourth. We just didn't play well in the second half. Luckily we had a strong second quarter that helped us out," said Murray.

The Bulldogs allowed Tarkington "too many open looks and second-shot chances" in the second half, the coach added.

Last Tuesday, the Bulldogs cruised to a 66-44 road win over Onalaska.

Crockett led 16-10 after a quarter, 32-20 at the break and 44-31 heading into the final frame. The Bulldogs outscored the Wildcats 22-13 in the fourth to wrap up the victory.

Four Crockett scorers reached double figures.

Holmes and Collins shared high-point honors with 16 apiece.

Byrd achieved a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Nate Ivey knocked down three triples in first half and finished with 11.

Boston had 5 (1 trey), Rischer had 4 and Delane chipped in 2.

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Lady Dogs go 2-2 at soccer tourney

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011223 crockett ladies soccerCrockett Lady Bulldogs defend their goal during a non-district soccer match against Center on Friday night in Driskell Stadium. The Lady Dogs lost to the Lady Roughriders 9-0 but made a good showing in the Westwood Lady Panther Tournament Thursday and Saturday in Palestine. Photo by Larry Lamb

Crockett girls soccer tuned up for their upcoming district campaign at the Westwood Lady Panther Tournament in Palestine.

In Thursday's matches, the Lady Bulldogs won their opener over Corrigan-Camden 4-0 and then fell to Kemp 4-2.

Returning Saturday, Crockett lost to New Summerfield 1-0 but closed out tourney action on a high note, beating Tatum 2-1.

The Lady Dogs (2-3) will wrap up their non-district schedule at home against Livingston next Tuesday and open district play at home on Friday, Jan. 27 against Westwood.

Crockett's opponents in District 16-4A are Hudson, Jacksonville, Madisonville, Palestine, Diboll, Palestine Westwood and Trinity.

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Houston County High School Basketball District Schedules

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011223 HC bb schedules

Lovelady Lady Lions Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Time Teams
Jan. 6 @*Latexo 5:00 V
Jan. 10 @*Groveton 5:00/6:15 JV/V
Jan. 13 *Leon 5:00/6:15 JV/V
Jan. 17 @Grapeland 6:15 V
Jan. 20 *Centerville 5:00/6:15 JV/V
Jan. 24 *Latexo 6:15 V
Jan. 27 *Groveton 5:00/6:15 JV/V
Jan. 31 @*Leon 4:00/6:15 JV/V
Feb. 3 *Grapeland 6:15 V
Feb. 7 @*Centerville 4:00/6:15 JV/V
*denotes District 20-2A

Lovelady Lions Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Time Teams
Jan. 6 Snook 5:00/6:00 JV/V
Jan. 10 @West Hardin 5:00/7:15 JV/V
Jan. 13 *Leon 5:00/7:30 JV/V
Jan. 17 @*Grapeland 5:00/7:30 JV/V
Jan. 20 *Centerville 5:00/7:30 JV/V
Jan. 24 *Latexo 5:00/7:30 JV/V
Jan. 27 *Groveton 5:00/7:30 JV/V
Jan. 31 @*Leon 5:00/7:30 JV/V
Feb. 3 *Grapeland+ 5:00/7:30 JV/V
Feb. 7 @*Centerville 5:00/7:30 JV/V
Feb. 10 @*Latexo 5:00/6:00 JV/V
Feb. 14 @Groveton 5:00/6:00 JV/V
*denotes District 20-2A +Senior Night

Latexo High School Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Time Teams
Jan. 6 *Lovelady 5:00 Girls
Jan. 6 Kerens 5:00 JV Boys
Jan. 10 @*Leon 5:00 Girls
Jan. 13 *Grapeland 5:00 Girls/Boys
Jan. 17 @*Centerville 5:00 Girls/Boys
Jan. 20 *Groveton+ 5:00 Girls/Boys
Jan. 24 @*Lovelady 5:00 Girls/Boys
Jan 27 *Leon 5:00 Girls/Boys
Jan. 31 @*Grapeland 5:00 Girls/Boys
Feb. 3 *Centerville++ 5:00 Girls/Boys
Feb. 7 @*Groveton 5:00 Girls/Boys
Feb. 10 *Lovelady 5:00 Boys
Feb. 14 @*Leon 5:00 Boys
*District 20-2A games
+Homecoming ++Senior Night

Crockett Lady Bulldogs District Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Time Teams
Dec. 6 @*Trinity 5:00 JV/V
Dec. 13 *New Waverly 5:00 JV/V
Dec. 16 *Anderson-Shiro 4:30 JV/V
Dec. 19 @Leon 12:00 JV/V
Dec. 28 Groveton 12:00 V
Jan. 3 @*Coldspring 1:00 JV/V
Jan. 6 *Shepherd 4:30 JV/V
Jan. 10 @*Onalaska 4:30 JV/V
Jan. 13 *Tarkington 4:30 JV/V
Jan. 17 *^Trinity 4:30 JV/V
Jan. 20 @*New Waverly 4:30 JV/V
Jan. 24 @*Anderson-Shiro 4:30 JV/V
Jan. 27 *Coldspring 4:30 JV/V
Jan. 31 @*Shepherd 4:30 JV/V
Feb. 3 *Onalaska+ 4:30 JV/V
Feb. 7 @*Tarkington 4:30 JV/V
* District 23-3A ^Teacher Appreciation +Senior Night

Crockett Bulldogs Basketball Schedule

 Date Opponent Time Teams
Dec. 20 *Anderson-Shiro 5:00 JV/V
Jan. 3 @*Coldspring 5:00 JV/V
Jan. 6 *Shepherd 5:00 JV/V
Jan. 10 @*Onalaska 5:00 JV/V
Jan. 13 *Tarkington 5:00 JV/V
Jan. 17 *Trinity 5:00 JV/V
Jan. 20 @*New Waverly 5:00 JV/V
Jan. 24 @*Anderson-Shiro 5:00 JV/V
Jan. 27 *Coldspring 5:00 JV/V
Jan. 31 @*Shepherd 5:00 JV/V
Feb. 3 *Onalaska 5:00 JV/V
Feb. 7 @*Tarkington 5:00 JV/V
Feb. 10 @*Trinity 5:00 JV/V
Feb. 14 *New Waverly 5:00 JV/V
* District 23-3A

Grapeland Sandies Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Site JV Varsity
Jan. 6 Rusk Away 6:00 7:30
Jan. 10 BYE
Jan. 13 *Latexo Away 5:00 7:30
Jan. 17 *Lovelady Home 5:00 7:30
Jan. 20 *Leon Away 5:00 7:30
Jan. 24 *Groveton Away 5:00 7:30
Jan 27 *Centerville Away 5:00 7:30
Jan. 31 *Latexo Home 5:00 7:30
Feb. 3 *Lovelady Away 5:00 7:30
Feb. 7 *Leon Home 5:00 7:30
Feb. 10 *Groveton Home 5:00 6:15
Feb. 14 *Centerville+ Home 5:00 6:15
*District 20-2A games +Senior Night

Grapeland Sandiettes Basketball Schedule

Jan. 6 *Groveton Home 6:00
Jan. 10 *Centerville Home 6:00
Jan. 13 *Latexo Away 6:00
Jan. 17 *Lovelady Home 6:00
Jan. 20 *Leon Away 6:00
Jan. 24 *Groveton Away 6:00
Jan 27 *Centerville Away 6:00
Jan. 31 *Latexo Home 6:00
Feb. 3 *Lovelady Away 6:00
Feb. 7 *Leon Home 6:00
*District 20-2A games

Kennard High School Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Time Teams
Dec. 6 @*Wells 5:00 Girls
Dec. 13 *Laneville 5:00 Girls
Dec. 16 *Apple Springs+ 5:00 Girls, Boys
Jan. 3 @*Slocum 6:00 Girls, Boys
Jan. 6 *Neches 6:00 Girls, Boys
Jan. 10 @*Groveton Centerville 5:00 Girls, Boys
Jan. 13 *Martinsville 5:00 Girls, Boys
Jan. 17 *Wells 6:00 Girls, Boys
Jan. 20 @*Laneville 5:00 Girls, Boys
Jan. 24 @*Apple Springs 5:00 Girls, Boys
Jan. 27 *Slocum++ 6:00 Girls, Boys
Jan. 31 @*Neches 6:00 Girls, Boys
Feb. 3 *Groveton Centerville 5:00 Girls, Boys
Feb. 7 @*Martinsville 5:00 Girls, Boys
Feb. 10 @*Wells 6:00 Boys
Feb. 14 *Laneville 5:00 Boys
*Denotes District 27-A +Homecoming ++Senior Night

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Dogs split with Coldspring, Shepherd

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011223 bulldog bb CollinsCrockett's Jadyn Collins goes up for an electrifying slam dunk against Shepherd.

By Larry Lamb
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CROCKETT– Crockett varsity boys split with Coldspring and Shepherd in District 23-3A hoops matchups last week.

After falling to Coldspring 61-53 on the road Tuesday, the Bulldogs beat Shepherd 66-51 at home Friday and improved their district mark to 2-1.

The first quarter of Friday night's game with Shepherd (1-2) showed flashes of a barn burner as the Bulldogs knocked down four 3-pointers. Shepherd scored the last two buckets in the closing seconds to take a 20-17 lead.

"We were scoring, but we weren't making stops. Normally we defend well and don't make shots" said Crockett head coach Drae Murray.

Opening the second quarter with an 8-0 momentum-shifting run, Crockett outscored the Pirates 20-7 to take a 37-27 halftime lead. After two quick buckets by Courtney Byrd, Jadyn Collins electrified the dome with a steal and rim-rattling slam dunk. Another bucket by Byrd capped the 8-point outburst.

Shepherd scored first in the third quarter but Crockett answered with a 12-0 run to pull away 49-29 at the 5-minute mark. After baskets by Byrd and Jaroderick Holmes, the next eight points were courtesy of Collins. The senior scored on a lay-up and then heaved in back-to-back treys to complete the frenzy.

Crockett carried a 53-37 lead into the fourth and led by as much as 19 down the stretch.

Murray said earlier in the day he had expressed concern to assistant coach Brent Stephens about the absence of third quarter runs this season, so he was pleasantly surprised when the Bulldogs rattled off that 12-0 run early in the third.

"Last year we went on 22-6, 22-4 runs to start the second half. I've been dying for this team to come out in the third quarter and go on a big run. They did that tonight. It's funny because I just had this conversion," he said.

Byrd recorded a double-double with a team-high 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Collins, who drained three treys, finished with 18 points and 7 rebounds.

Antwaain Boston had 7 (1 trey) and Chase Ivey drained a pair of treys to finish with 6. Iverson Rischer and Holmes chipped in 4 apiece and Nate Ivey rounded out the scoring with a 3-pointer.

"We've got five guys who can really shoot the ball. We've been very inconsistent but tonight we had four guys making three-pointers," added Murray.

Shepherd was led by Jesse Valerie with 21 and Tristen Cullum with 13.

"We wanted to get off to a fast start like we did, maintain it throughout the game and put ourselves in position at halftime to go win the second half. We wanted to come out in the third quarter and get off to a fast start. We preach getting three stops in a row and scoring to force the other team to call time-out," Murray said.

Noting that Rischer had a big game defensively, Murray said, "He's probably one of the best defenders in the state, seriously. He's that good on the ball defending."

Murray cited Chase Ivey as an offensive spark plug. "He came in and hit those two threes in the first quarter and busted it open for us. That forced Shepherd to be more aggressive guarding us on the perimeter that created driving lanes. We were able to attack those driving lanes and drop it off inside to Courtney, who was a monster."

Collins was another key figure on offense, said the coach. "I've been telling Jadyn he's going to get a lot of attention because he's scoring so much. Just drop it off and share the ball a little bit. He did that tonight and it allowed those guys to make shots," said Murray.

"Once those gaps were bigger, Jadyn was able to get to the goal and finish all those lay-ups. He had that monster slam-dunk that brought energy to the gym and helped us out tremendously," the coach added.

Unlike Friday's game, the Bulldogs never got untracked against Coldspring.

"It was just one of those games where we could never go on a run. It was just back-and-forth the entire game. Neither team could pull away until late in the game when Coldspring was able to get the turnovers they needed and make the shots they needed," said Murray.

The Trojans led 17-15 after a quarter., 30-28 at the break and 45-42 at the end of three.

"Coldspring got the 50-50 balls and you could tell they just wanted it more. They were playing at home and they were playing Crockett, which always a rivalry-type game for both teams."

Collins paced the Bulldogs with 27 points, including a trey. He was 6-of-9 at the line.

"It was a weird game. Nobody played well for us individually, except for Jadyn on offense. I told him he could have played better defensively," said Murray.

Holmes canned 10, followed by Byrd with 9, Boston with 4 (1 trey) and Tyvon King with a 3-pointer,

Coldspring's Luke Monroe and Tyga Parker booked 16 points apiece and Eric Sykes tossed in 13.

After a trip to Onalaska, the Bulldogs have back-to-back home games against Tarkington on Friday and Trinity next Tuesday.

District 23-3A
Boys Standings

New Waverly 3-0
Coldspring 2-1
Tarkington 2-1
Crockett 2-1
Trinity 2-1
Shepherd 1-2
Anderson-Shiro 0-3
Onalaska 0-3
Friday, Jan. 6
Crockett 66, Shepherd 51
Trinity 54, Anderson 44
Tarkington 43, Onalaska 34
New Waverly 54, Coldspring 45
Tuesday, Jan. 3
Trinity 61,Onalaska 57
New Waverly 69, Anderson 47
Tarkington 75, Shepherd 48
Coldspring 61, Crockett 53

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Lady Bulldogs improve to 4-1 in district hoops

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011223 Tocarra JohnsonCrockett's Tocarra Johnson shoots an outside jumper during Friday night's 52-17 district win over Shepherd. Photo by Larry Lamb

By Larry Lamb
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CROCKETT — Crockett Lady Bulldogs took care of business on the road and at home last week to boost their district record to 4-1.

Coach TaNesiah Johnson's squad cruised past Coldspring 52-39 in a Tuesday night road game and handled Shepherd 52-17 on their home court Friday.

Against Shepherd, the Lady Dogs zoomed out to 16-2 lead in the first quarter and took a 27-6 lead into halftime.

Leading 38-14 after three quarters, Crockett dominated the final eight minutes 14-3.

"We only outscored them 11-8 in the third quarter and that's not good. We don't need a halftime because we always seem to come out too flat," said Johnson.

Tocarra Johnson led the scoring with 20 and Tania Davis had 15.

Edrinette Simpson chipped in 5 while A'Naya Wooten and Naomi Taylor had 4 apiece. Ty'Reyanna Beasley and Keyonna Davis rounded out the scoring with 2 apiece.

Johnson noted that Simpson "stepped up as a freshman" to contribute points and hold Shepherd's second-best player No. 10 (Nelson ) to 7 points. "She helped us on defense and played the role I asked her to do, so the game ball would go to her," the coach said.

High percentage free throw shooting and a low number of turnovers put a smile on Johnson's face.

"I have to brag. I hope I don't jinx us but we shot 55 percent from the free throw line," said Johnson, whose team sank 12 of 22 against Shepherd in contrast to only hitting 10 of 27 (37 percent) in the Coldspring game.

The Lady Bulldogs had a season low of 21 turnovers. "We usually have that many in a half. We had 13 in the first half tonight and 8 in the second. That's an accomplishment," the coach said.

Tania Davis, Beasley, Wooten, Johnson and Taylor made up the starting five against Shepherd.

"I had to change my lineup because we're playing without my best defender who is grade ineligible. I honestly did not know how this game would go but we came around. We had to change and mold, which we could tell in spurts. The good part is in three weeks she'll be back. The bad part is that we've got some tough games coming up before then," said Johnson.

Only two games remain in the first half of district. After playing Onalaska, Crockett hosts Tarkington on Friday and Trinity comes to town next Tuesday to start the back end of the district schedule.

"We've only got a week or two to get it done. We have to pick it up quickly," said Johnson. "I asked the girls if Fairfield showed any mercy when they beat us 90-14 last year. I said, so why are we giving teams mercy? Play your game."

The Lady Dogs travel to Anderson (5-0) on Jan. 24 for a rematch with the Lady Owls, who won the first round matchup 63-59.

Against Coldspring, the Lady Bulldogs led 16-10 after a quarter and 25-20 at the break. After seeing their lead dwindle to 33-31 in the third, the Lady Dogs picked up the pace in the final period and dominated the Lady Trojans 19-8.

The bright spot was a 30-point performance by Johnson, who scored 13 of Crockett's 19 points in the final period to put the game away.

All of the other CHS scorers were held to single digits. Wooten had 7, Taylor 6, Tania Davis 4, Keyonna Davis 2, La'Kyra Hamilton 2 and Simpson 1.

District 23-3A
Girls Standings

Anderson-Shiro 5-0
Crockett 4-1
Shepherd 3-2
New Waverly 3-2
Tarkington 2-3
Onalaska 2-3
Coldspring 1-4
Trinity 0-5
Friday, Jan. 6
Crockett 52, Shepherd 17
Anderson 57, Trinity 14
Tarkington 40, Onalaska 26
New Waverly 58, Coldspring 36
Tuesday, Jan. 3
Anderson 46, New Waverly 39
Shepherd 38, Tarkington 34
Crockett 52, Coldspring 39
Onalaska defeated Trinity

 Area 2A, 1A Scores

District 20-2A Girls
Lovelady 66, Latexo 16
Groveton 44, Grapeland 24
Centerville 38, Leon 36

District 27-1A Girls
Neches 66, Kennard 11
Coolidge 38, Oakwood 21

District 27-1A Boys
Neches 72, Kennard 32
Apple Springs 43, Slocum 30

Boys Non-district
Grapeland 61, Rusk 42

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