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012623 crockett girls bbLady Bulldog Ty'Reyanna Beasley (10) brings the ball down the floor against Trinity last Tuesday. Photo by Larry Lamb

By Larry Lamb
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NEW WAVERLY — Coach TaNesiah Johnson's warnings to her team about the challenges of playing New Waverly on the road fell on deaf ears.

New Waverly outlasted the visiting Lady Bulldogs 57-53 in overtime, avenging an earlier 50-47 loss to Crockett.

New Waverly and Crockett, both 7-2, are tied for second place behind District 23-3A leader Anderson-Shiro (9-0).

"As I've warned repeatedly, do not come out flat because New Waverly is a hard place to play. But that's exactly what we did. We came out flat," said Coach Johnson, whose team faced another tough road game against Anderson-Shiro on Tuesday.

New Waverly opened the game with a 4-0 run. Trailing 14-9 in the second quarter, Johnson said her team played "somewhat better" and trailed 26-21 going into halftime.

Crockett closed the gap to 39-38 at the end of the third and started playing its style of basketball.

"We went inside to our bigs, which we should have done way sooner like I told the girls," said Johnson.

The Lady Dogs outscored their hosts 10-9 in the fourth to knot the score at 48-48 and force overtime.

Unable to keep their momentum going, however, the Lady Bulldogs were outscored 9-5.

"We just had way too many turnovers which killed us and we gave up some defense possessions that we couldn't afford. Once we finally did what we were supposed to and fed our BIGS inside, we scored every time. But apparently we were too selfish and instead of sticking to the game plan we did what we wanted to, which cost us the game. 99.5% I know what I am doing and talking about. At the end of the day we lost due to turnovers, probably the most since I've been coaching here," said Johnson.

Tocarra Johnson led with 18 points and Naomi Taylor was right behind with 17. Tania Davis and A'Nayah Wooten both chipped in 9.

The Lady Bulldogs have five games left, starting with a trip to Anderson. Coldspring comes to town Friday and Crockett travels to Shepherd next Tuesday.

"There are a lot of scenarios how the district could shake out. The bottom line is we must beat Anderson," Johnson said.

Last Tuesday at The Hop, the Lady Bulldogs demolished Trinity 71-5 to start the final leg of district.

Crockett led 12-2 after a quarter and notched a 25-0 shutout in the second for a 37-2 lead.
In the second half, the Lady Dogs outscored their guests 34-3.

Johnson pumped in a game-high 27, including a 13-point spurt in the second.

Tania Davis was close behind with 25 and Taylor rounded out double figures with 12.

Freshman Patreece White had 5 and Edrinette Simpson had 2.

Since Trinity didn't have a JV, Johnson moved up White and Brodeja Davis. "They both stepped up really well and played their roles. Brodeja almost scored a couple of times but couldn't get them to fall. I thought they both helped us out."

The Lady Dogs turned in a strong showing at the charity stripe, nailing 13 of 24 for 54 percent. Johnson was 7 of 10 and Davis was 5 of 7.

The Lady Bulldogs continued to shine in the turnover department with only 13 for the game.

Keyonna Davis missed the game and A'Nayah Wooten was sidelined by an injury during pre-game warm-ups.

District 23-3A
Girls Standings
Anderson-Shiro 9-0
Crockett 7-2
New Waverly 7-2
Shepherd 4-5
Tarkington 3-6
Coldspring 3-5
Onalaska 2-7
Trinity 0-9

Friday, Jan. 20
New Waverly 57, Crockett 53
Shepherd beat Trinity
Coldspring 48, Onalaska 43
Anderson 58, Tarkington 55
Tuesday, Jan. 17
Crockett 71, Trinity 5
Anderson 50, Onalaska 24
New Waverly 48, Tarkington 38
Coldspring 46, Shepherd 37

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Bulldogs knock off New Waverly

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012623 crockett bbCrockett's Jaroderick Holmes is guarded closely by Trinity in last Tuesday's district game. Photo by Larry Lamb

By Larry Lamb
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NEW WAVERLY — Crockett Bulldogs won a showdown with New Waverly 61-57 on the road Friday and moved into a tie for first place in District 23-3A.

Crockett led 20-12 after a quarter and maintained an eight-point lead through three quarters. The Bulldogs led 35-27 at the half and 46-38 after three quarters.

New Waverly outscored Crockett by four in the final frame but it wasn't enough.

Jadyn Collins paced Crockett's scoring with 21, Jaroderick Holmes was next with 14 and Antwaain Boston had 12 (2 treys).

Tywoin Delane drained a pair of treys and finished with 8 points, Courtney Byrd had 4 and Zandric Anderson 2.

New Waverly's J. Miles had a game-high 23.

Both teams shot 73 percent at the charity stripe. Crockett made 8 of 11 and New Waverly hit 11 of 15.

The game marked the midpoint of district with Crockett and New Waverly tied for the top spot with 6-1 marks.

After playing Anderson on Tuesday, Crockett hosts Coldspring on Friday and travels to Shepherd next Tuesday.

Last Tuesday, the Bulldogs pulled away from Trinity in the second half to win 60-34.

Falling behind 8-3 early, the Bulldogs rattled off 11 unanswered points on treys by Delane and Chase Ivey sandwiched around a basket by Iverson Rischer.

After Holmes scored a bucket and completed a 3-point play to make it 14-8, Trinity nailed a buzzer-beater trey to hold Crockett's lead to 14-11.
Ivey opened the second quarter with a trey to spark a 13-2 run that put the Dogs up 27-13.

Crockett led 33-21 at halftime and carried its momentum into the third quarter.

After Trinity scored the first bucket, the Bulldogs reeled off a 14-0 spurt that put them out front 47-23 with 1:30 left in the third.

Starting the fourth with a 49-30 lead, the Bulldogs went on a 11-0 run to pull away 60-30.

The Tigers scored their first bucket of the fourth quarter with 2:00 left.

Holmes led the scoring with 20 and Anderson had 10.

Chase Ivey had 8, Boston had 6, Collins and Delane each had 5, Byrd 4 and Rischer 2.

Head coach Drae Murray credited his bench for jump-starting the Bulldogs.

"The bench was really good. Our starters got off to slow start, so I pulled four and put the bench in," said Murray. "Tywoin (Delane) has been really good since the Christmas tournament. He's been of those guys that we go to early if things are looking a little slow. Tonight he hit a three-pointer right off the bat and rebounded well."

Murray also noted Chase Ivey's trey less than minute after Delane drained his. "Those two bench guys both hitting treys in the first quarter is what gave us a spark with the bench," said the coach.

Crockett's bench also made an impact defensively, said Murray.

"Tyvon (King) came in, defended hard and got his hands on a lot of balls. When Zandric (Anderson) first went in he had 5 rebounds on the first 6 possession, so he probably had double-digit rebounds. Zandric and Tywoin both rebounded and defended well,"said Murray, adding that Jaroderick Holmes logged several steals.

District 23-3A
Boys Standings
New Waverly 6-1
Crockett 6-1
Coldspring 4-3
Tarkington 4-3
Shepherd 4-3
Trinity 2-5
Onalaska 2-5
Anderson-Shiro 0-7

Friday, Jan. 20
Crockett 61. New Waverly 57
Shepherd 58, Trinity 51
Onalaska 66, Coldspring 62
Tarkington 54, Anderson 34
Tuesday, Jan. 17
Crockett 60, Trinity 34
Shepherd 70, Coldspring 54
New Waverly 64, Tarkington 41
Onalaska 76, Anderson 46

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Ja'Gared Davis Day proclaimed

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From staff reports

CROCKETT– Mayor Dr. Ianthia Fisher has proclaimed Saturday, Jan. 21 as Ja'Gared Davis Day in the city of Crockett.

Davis will be honored during a program at the Crockett Civic Center from 12-1 p.m.

The former Crockett High School athlete recently appeared in his sixth consecutive Canadian Football League Grey Cup and won his second championship.

Davis, also known as "Champ," is a three-time college champion, decorated SMU alumnus, former NFL player and three-time Canadian Football League (CFL) All-Star in addition to his Grey Cup credentials.

A 2009 CHS graduate, Davis was a two-star Rivals.com prospect, All-District Defensive Co-MVP and a Class 3A all-state performer his senior year after recording 110 tackles, four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. He was an all-district performer as a junior after notching 118 tackles and four interceptions.

He received offers from Baylor, Louisiana Tech, Oklahoma State and Tulsa but ultimately committed to the SMU Mustangs. He made an impact his freshman season, starting five games and playing in all 13 games. He was a starter in every game his sophomore and junior years.

He received CollegeFootballNews.com. All-American honorable mention during his sophomore season and was selected for the 2011 Rotary Lombardi Award Official Watch List.

As a junior he was second-team All-C-USA and named FWAA National Defensive Player of the Week against UTEP. He was named second-team All-Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football during his senior season and First-Team All-C-USA following senior season. He finished his college career with a total of 301 tackles, 20.5 sacks, 4 interceptions, 20 pass deflections, and 6 forced fumbles.

Davis, who received a degree in Sports Management at SMU, was signed by the Houston Texans in 2013 and later spent time on the Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Commanders and New England Patriots rosters. In 2016, Davis made his transition to the CFL and became a member of the Calgary Stampeders Defensive roster.

During the off seasons, Davis hosts Camp Champ, a football training program that focuses on mental and physical training on and off the field as well as other sports.

In his free time, "Champ" mentors youths and has become somewhat of a philanthropist through his international non-profit, the Ja'Gared Davis Foundation. In 2018 he started a clothing and shoe company, Champ 56, inspired by his jersey number and youth inspiration Lawrence "LT" Taylor. Davis plans to expand his brand and likeness into other avenues as well as numerous outreach programs and worldwide development.

Davis's motto is, "Just do the little things right that always make a big difference."

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Lovelady girls off to 3-0 district start

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011923 lovelady bbLovelady sophomore Lexi Price scored her 1000th career point during Friday night's game against Leon. Lovelady's Jayton Crawford shoots during the district opener Friday night against Leon. The Lions won 57-29. Photos by Larry Lamb

From staff reports

LOVELADY — The Lovelady Lady Lions are off to an impressive start to their District 20-2A basketball campaign.

After winning their first two games on the road against Latexo 66-16 and Groveton 74-38, the Lady Lions handled Leon 66-45 in their first home appearance last Friday.

Leon was able to keep Lovelady within reach for the first half but couldn't keep up the pace after halftime.

Lovelady only led 19-14 after a quarter and 31-26 at the break before taking charge in the third with a 19-5 run for a 50-31 advantage.

Sophomore Lexi Price scored 25 points and reached the 1,000-point career milestone during the game. She joins junior teammate Aaliyah Jones in the 1000-point club.

Price booked 4 treys, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 9 steals against Leon.

Jones rounded out double figures with 14 points (2 treys), 4 rebounds and 2 steals.

Shelby Pugh finished with 9 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Kylie Pugh was right behind with 8 points and 5 rebounds .

Haley Davidson had 5 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists; Haley Shupak scored 3 points and Addi Carney chipped in 2 points and 4 rebounds.

Opening district with Latexo on Jan. 6, the Lady Lions jumped out to a 19-3 lead and went on to win 66-16.

It was 36-9 at halftime and 52-12 after three.

Price recorded a double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds in addition to 6 assists and 7 steals

Jones rounded out double figures with 13 points while also booking 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals.

Davidson had 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 6 steals

Also contributing for the Lady Lions were Diara Woods with 6 points and 5 rebounds; Shelby Pugh with 5 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals; Shupak with 4 points and 4 rebounds; Carney with 2 points and 5 rebounds and Kylie Pugh with 1 point, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

Playing Groveton last Tuesday, the Lady Lions turned in another dominating performance in a 74-38 victory.

The first quarter told the story as Lovelady grabbed a 27-8 lead and stretched it to 47-20 at the break.

Groveton matched Lovelady's 10 points in the third quarter but the Lady Lions closed out the game with a 17-8 run.

Price scorched the nets for 32 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 steals.

Jones was next in scoring with 19 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals

Davidson finished with 8 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals

Shelby Pugh was the top rebounder with 10 and chipped in with 5 points and 4 steals.

Shupak had 5 points and 2 rebounds while Kylie Pugh finished with 5 points and 5 rebounds.

Lovelady continued district play Tuesday at Grapeland and will host Centerville on Friday to finish the first round.

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Lady Dogs pick up two wins

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011923 Tania DavisCrockett sophomore Tania Davis shoots in the paint against Tarking. Photo by Larrry Lamb

By Larry Lamb
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CROCKETT — Crockett Lady Bulldogs wrapped up the first half of district with dominating wins over Onalaska 71-44 and Tarkington 48-20.

The Lady Bulldogs (6-1) sit in second place at the district midpoint. After starting the second half Tuesday against Trinity, Crockett faces crucial road games with New Waverly (5-2) on Friday and Anderson-Shiro (7-0) next Tuesday.

In both of last week's games, the Lady Bulldogs jumped out to commanding early leads.

Travelling to Onalaska last Tuesday, Crockett came out of the gate and outscored the hosts 18-6 in the first quarter. The Lady Dogs led 38-17 at halftime and 51-33 at the end of three.

In the final period, senior Tocarra Johnson canned 15 points to lead a 20-11 run.

Johnson finished the night with 31 points and was joined in double figures by Tania Davis (1 trey) and A'Naya Wooten with 18 apiece. Edrinette Simpson and Naomi Taylor each had 2.

Johnson noted that Simpson, a freshman, "stepped up big-time on defense."

The only blemish on Crockett's performance was free throw shooting. The Lady Dogs struggled at the line, hitting just 8 of 28 for 29 percent,

Hosting Tarkington on Friday, Crockett raced out to a 26-6 halftime lead and extended it to 41-9 after three quarters.

Coach TaNesiah Johnson wasn't pleased that her team was outscored 11-7 in the fourth. "That's unacceptable," she said.

Johnson paced Crockett's scoring with 29 points. Tania Davis followed with 10, Wooten chipped in 6, Keyonna Davis 2 and Taylor had 1.

"Tocarra carried the load, but we've got to have three in double figures against teams where it counts," said the coach.

Coach Johnson noted her team drastically cut down on turnovers. "We had 20 turnovers for the whole game and only 10 in the first half, which is amazing for us. We usually have 20 in the first half," she said.

The Lady Dogs also had a solid night in the free throw department, connecting 10 of 16 for 63 percent. "That's where we should be. The last two games we shot around 30 percent or lower at the line. We stepped up and made our season high tonight," Johnson said.

Defensively, Johnson rated her team's defensive performance against Tarkington as "perfect."

District 23-3A
Girls Standings

Anderson-Shiro 7-0
Crockett 6-1
New Waverly 5-2
Shepherd 3-4
Tarkington 3-4
Onalaska 2-5
Coldspring 2-5
Trinity 0-7
Friday, Jan. 13
Crockett 48, Tarkington 20
Coldspring 53, Trinity 19
Anderson 46, Shepherd 32
New Waverly 64, Onalaska 18
Tuesday, Jan. 10
Crockett 71, Onalaska 44
Anderson 56, Coldspring 42
New Waverly 52, Shepherd 38
Tarkington 63, Trinity 13

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