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Lovelady girls win bi-district, area titles

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Lovelady Lady Lions pose for a celebratory photo after winning the area championship over Bosqueville last Friday. Pictured are (front l-r) Macie LaRue, Arris LeMaire, Mihyia Davis and Haley Davidson; (back l-r) assistant coach Taylor Rich, Chelsea Butler, Jada Johnson, Aaliyah Jones, Shelby Pugh, Shyanne Pipkin, Lexi Price and head coach Kollyn McWhinney. Not pictured is Haley Shupak.  Lawanna Monk PhotoLovelady Lady Lions pose for a celebratory photo after winning the area championship over Bosqueville last Friday. Pictured are (front l-r) Macie LaRue, Arris LeMaire, Mihyia Davis and Haley Davidson; (back l-r) assistant coach Taylor Rich, Chelsea Butler, Jada Johnson, Aaliyah Jones, Shelby Pugh, Shyanne Pipkin, Lexi Price and head coach Kollyn McWhinney. Not pictured is Haley Shupak. Lawanna Monk Photo

By Lawanna Monk

FAIRFIELD – Lovelady Lady Lions used clutch free throw shooting down the stretch  to seal a 41-34 area round victory over Bosqueville on Friday night.

Lovelady (33-4) faced Martin's Mill (32-3) in the regional quarterfinal Tuesday in Elkhart.

The Lady Lions led 6-0 after a quarter and 21-10 at the break but saw their lead shrink to seven at the end of the third.

Leading by six, Lovelady's Mihyia Davis scored a bucket for a 37-29 lead with 1:10 left.

Bosqueville quickly cut the lead to five with 54 seconds left. After hitting the front end of a one-and-one and missing the second, the Lady Bulldogs got the rebound and laid the ball in to make it 37-32 with :42 left.

Freshman Lexi Price went to the line for a one-and-one and sank both shots for a 39-32 lead.

The Lady Bulldogs refused to go away, scoring a basket on its next possession to get within five with :25 left.

Bosqueville sent Davis to the line for another one-and-one, but the senior calmly nailed both to ice the game with 23.7 seconds left.

The Lady Lions knocked down an eye-popping 13 of 15 attempts at the charity stripe for an 86 percent average.

In contrast, Bosqueville struggled at the line and only made 4 of 18 shots for 22 percent.

Davis was a perfect 5 of 5 at the line in the fourth quarter, and led Lovelady with 15 points. She also had three steals.

Price knocked down 5 of 6 free throws in the final frame and finished with seven points. She was also credited with six rebounds and four blocks.

Sophomore Aaliyah Jones, 3 of 4 at the line, had seven points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.

Senior Shyanne Pipkin flirted with a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. She drained one three-pointer.

Senior Macie LaRue's three points came on  a trey in the first half.

Bosqueville (25-9), a district  runnerup, defeated Bremond, 53-36, in bi-district.

Opening the playoffs last Tuesday in Grapeland, the Lady Lions defeated the Cross Roads Lady Bobcats, 78-35.

Lovelady led 26-15 after a quarter and outscored  Cross Roads by 11 in the second quarter to pull away  45-27.

The Lady Lions opened up a 62-34 lead in the third and dominated the final period 16-1 to put the game away.

Sophomore Chelsea Butler posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, along with getting two steals. Butler picked up 11 of her points in the second half.

Four other scorers reached double figures.

LaRue hit a pair of three-pointers and led with 17 points, three rebounds and three steals.

Davis had 14 points, three rebounds and three steals.

Price and Jones rounded out double figures with 10 apiece Price also collected five rebounds, four steals and seven assists.

Jones, who drained a pair of treys, booked four rebounds and four steals.

Pipkin knocked down a trey and finished with seven, Shelby Pugh had three while Jada Johnson and Arris LeMaire chipped in two apiece.

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Sandies edge Lions to stay unbeaten

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 Lovelady's Keivon Skinner (2) is defended by Grapeland's Omarian Wiley (23) during a district matchup last Tuesday night in Lovelady. LAWANNA MONK PHOTOLovelady's Keivon Skinner (2) is defended by Grapeland's Omarian Wiley (23) during a district matchup last Tuesday night in Lovelady. LAWANNA MONK PHOTO

LOVELADY – A second quarter push by Grapeland proved to be the difference as the Sandies defeated Lovelady 46-36 on the road Tuesday night.

The Lions held the No. 17-ranked Sandies to a 7-6 first quarter lead but were outscored by 10 in the second as Grapeland pulled away 24-13  at halftime.

The Sandies continued to lead to 32-22 after  the third and both teams scored 14 in the final period.

Grapeland was paced with a double-double by junior Omarian Wiley, who booked 14 points and 19 rebounds. Johnny Lamb followed with 12 points (2 treys) and 7 rebounds.

Riley Murchison scored 8 points and was credited with 6 assists. Lakerina Smith tossed in 6, Cadarian Wiley 4 and Zandric Anderson 2.

Lovelady’s scoring was led by senior Slade Murray with 14. Keivon Skinner followed with 8, Jayton Crawford 6, Shaun Easterling 5 and Skylar Pipkin with 3.

The Sandies made 9 of 12 free throws while the Lions were 4 of 12.

Grapeland (11-0) came into the game with the district title in hand and stands one win away from a complete sweep. The Sandies had a bye Friday before their district finale Tuesday at Groveton.

In Friday's district matchups, Centerville defeated Latexo 64-34, Lovelady beat Groveton 70-38 and Slocum beat Leon 51-24.

One one game left, Centerville is in second place at 8-3. Slocum and Lovelady are tied for third with 7-4 records and Groveton is 4-7.

Lovelady closed out district Tuesday at Latexo and Slocum hosted Centerville.

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Lady Lions cap perfect district run

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Lovelady's Shyanne Pipkin (25) shoots in the paint against Grapeland in last week's district finale. Pipkin and three other senior team members were recognized before their final home game  last Tuesday. LAWANNA MONK PHOTOLovelady's Shyanne Pipkin (25) shoots in the paint against Grapeland in last week's district finale. Pipkin and three other senior team members were recognized before their final home game last Tuesday. LAWANNA MONK PHOTO

LOVELADY – Winning a district championship is always satisfying, but going undefeated makes it even sweeter.

The Lovelady Lady Lions put the finishing touches on a perfect 12-0 district season last Tuesday before a home crowd on senior night.

Before the game, the Lady Lions recognized seniors Shyanne Pipkin, Mihyia Davis, Macie LaRue and Jada Johnson.

The Lady Lions (31-4), ranked No. 2 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association State Rankings and No. 5 in the TABC poll, opened the state playoffs Tuesday against Cross Roads.

Jumping out to a 34-6 first quarter lead, the Lady Lions went on to beat Grapeland, 94-15, in their final district game with five scorers in double figures.

Sophomore Aaliyah Jones recorded a double-double with  20 points and 10 rebounds, along with 5 steals.

Pipkin booked 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals and freshman Lexi Price was right behind with 15 points, 4 rebounds, 5 steals and 7 assists.

Davis finished with 11 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists. LaRue chipped in 10 points, 4 rebounds, 6 steals and 3 assists.

Rounding out Lovelady's scoring were Shelby Pugh with 8, Haley Davidson 5, Jada Johnson 5 and Chelsea Butler 4.

 

 

 

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Third-quarter push propels Academy past Lady Bulldogs

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Crockett's La'Kyriah Hamilton (5) pushes the ball down the court against Little River-Academy in the bi-district playoff game Monday night at College Station High School.  LARRY LAMB |  HCCCrockett's La'Kyriah Hamilton (5) pushes the ball down the court against Little River-Academy in the bi-district playoff game Monday night at College Station High School. LARRY LAMB | HCC

By Larry Lamb
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COLLEGE STATION – The Little River-Academy Lady Bees swarmed the Crockett Lady Bulldogs with a 22-5 run in the third quarter to propel themselves to a 62-36 bi-district win Monday night.

Academy (26-7), ranked No. 22 in this week's TABC state poll, grabbed a 17-9 first quarter lead.

Crockett junior Tocarra Johnson got into early foul trouble, picking up her fourth at the 6:30 mark in the second quarter. Johnson sat out most of the second and third quarters before returning in the final period.

"Tocarra already had two fouls and then she got two more back-to-back, boom-boom. I saw the first two but my back was turned on the last two and, of course, we couldn't afford it. When you're the leading scorer, you can't into foul trouble," said Lady Dogs coach TaNesiah Johnson.

The Lady Bulldogs continued to hang tough early in the second half until a 10-0 run shifted momentum to Little River.

The Lady Bees carried a 48-24 lead into the final period and widened the gap to 32 points late in the game.

Coach Johnson cited cold free throw shooting and untimely turnovers as key factors in the loss.

"I thought our start should have been way better than it was. We went into the half trailing by seven but we only made 5 of 14 at the free throw line. We make those shots and we're ahead at halftime," said Johnson.

Crockett finished the night only 11 of 30 at the charity stripe. "That's horrible. You can't do that in the playoffs. We got to the free throw line; we just didn't take care of business," added the coach, noting the Lady Bees were 7 of 14 on free throws.

Johnson said another factor was that none of the Lady Bulldogs scored in double figures. "I always say you need at least three in double figures or you can't win. We didn't have any and Little River had three," the coach noted.

Sophomore A'Nayah Wooten and freshman Tania Davis led with 9 points apiece. Senior Chelsea Walker followed with 8 and Tocarra Johnson, who hit Crockett's only trey, had 7. Freshman Ty'Reyanna Beasley picked up three points at the line.

The Lady Bees were led with 22 points by senior Ellie Erwin, who was joined in the double figures by junior Payten Conde with 14 and sophomore Aislinn Chaffin with 13.

"I told the girls it's win or go home at this point. You can't say I should have blocked out or I should have done this. In our scenario missed free throws and untimely turnovers that we couldn't afford killed us tonight," said Johnson.

Little River entered the playoffs as District 19-3A undefeated champion and Crockett finished fourth in District 20-3A.

Little River's area round opponent is Troy, which beat Scurry-Rosser 59-46 in bi-district.

"Coming into the game I felt real good about our chances of winning. Sometimes that first seed versus fourth seed doesn't mean anything in the playoffs," said Johnson.

Looking back on the season, the coach said she was proud to have reached her 100-win milestone and that the Lady Bulldogs made their first playoff appearance in three years.

This was the final CHS hoops game for the senior trio of Keaton Crabtree, JaKayla Faulk and Chelsea Walker. "I coached Keaton and Chelsea all four years, and JaKayla was a move-in so I only had her this year. All three were key factors, but the great part is we're coming back stronger. We're moving to a new district next year so we're be where we want to be."

Crockett's new basketball district for the next two seasons will include Anderson-Shiro, Cleveland Tarkington, Coldspring-Oakhurst, New Waverly, Onalaska, Shepherd and Trinity.

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Sandies clinch district crown

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The Grapeland Sandies pose with their trophy after beating Centerville on Saturday to lock up the District 20-2A basketball championship.The Grapeland Sandies pose with their trophy after beating Centerville on Saturday to lock up the District 20-2A basketball championship.

By Larry Lamb
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GRAPELAND – The Grapeland Sandies checked off  two more items on their to-do list as they prepare for the state basketball playoffs.

The Sandies honored six senior team members before their final home game Saturday and then defeated Centerville, 52-41, to lock up the District 20-2A championship.

Playing their final game in the GHS gym were Cadarian Wiley, Kionte Willis, Landon Jackson, Lakerina Smith, Trey Davision and Jason DeCluette

Boasting a 10-0 record with two games left, the last item on Grapeland's list is to complete a district sweep.

The No. 17-ranked Sandies will play their two remaining games on the road. After a Tuesday night game at Lovelady, the Sandies will have a bye before heading to Groveton next Tuesday.

Centerville and Lovelady are tied for second with 6-3 records. Slocum is next at 6-4, and Groveton is 4-5.

The Sandies led Centerville 16-7 after a quarter, 29-17 at the half and 37-24 heading into the fourth.

Lakerian Smith led with 20 points  and 7 boards. Johnny Lamb had 10 (2 treys), followed by Omarian Wiley with 8, Cole Goolsby 6 and Zandric Anderson 3.

Kionte Willis and Trey Davison chipped in 2 apiece and Nate Ivey had 1.

Playing on the road last Tuesday, the Sandies blasted Jewett Leon, 70-28.

Grapeland came out full throttle to grab a 27-6 first quarter lead. It was 44-17 at the break and 55-28 after three.

Lamb drained three treys and finished with 21 points.

Smith had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, along with booking 5 blocks and 2 deflections.

Omarian Wiley rounded out double figures with 11. Willis had 8 while Goolsby and Ivey had 6 apiece. 

Cadarian Wiley helped out on the boards by grabbing 10 rebounds.

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