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012623 san jac bbEfreauna Baines (No. 1) stops just outside the free-through line stops and launches a rainbow at the basket. Brianna Shaw-Rucker (No. 3) Drives the ball around McKayden Nelson during the Coldspring VS Shepherd District Basketball game. Luke Monroe goes in for a nice layup during the district game against the Shepherd Pirates. Photos by Charles Ballard

By Charles Ballard
SJNT correspondent

COLDSPRING — The Lady Trojans extended their win streak to three games with wins over Shepherd and Onalaska last week.
The wins set the team up for a shot at a playoff spot for the ‘23 season.

Brianna Shaw-Rucker said, “We don’t care where we are located in the playoff lineup but we just want to make the playoffs this year.”

Coach Monique Whittaker said the team had a slow start, but the ladies regrouped and set the momentum going in the right direction.

“It was my responsibility to get the girls motived and that is what I intended to do,” Shaw-Rucker said.

The Lady Trojans made a gallant 48-43 winning statement against the Onalaska Lady Wildcats on Friday.

After losing their center with in the first few minutes of the game to an ankle injury, the first half became a toss-up but the second half was clearly in the Lady Trojans. Next up will be Tarkington at home on Tuesday and then At Crocket on Friday.

Efreauna Baines had 3 points; Shaw-Rucker had 8 points; Mariah Major had 16 points; Shantel Goffney had 15 points which included four 3-pointers; and Lillie Williams had 2 points.

On Tuesday, The Lady Trojans downed county rival Shepherd 46-36 on Jan. 17.

Coldspring center Ella Phillips said, “We did not let down the entire game. It was a good win for the Lady Trojans.”

For Coldspring, Baines had 4 points for the night; Shaw-Rucker had 14 points; Phillips had 6 points; Major had 9 points; Goffney had 9 points; and Williams had 4 points for the night.

For Shepherd, Grace Ramos had 9 points, Richardson had 5 points; McKayden Nelsen had 2 points; Daci Theissen had 12 points; and Tangela Yates had 5 points.

After the loss, the Lady Pirates downed the Trinity Lady Tigers 65-23 on Friday.

Coldspring fell to Onalaska 66-62 on Friday in a game that went down to the wire.

After leading 30-21 at the half, the Trojans could not close the door on the Wildcats 3-point shots.

Josh Brimsey had 10 points; Luke Monroe had 11 points; Tyga Parker had 13 points; T.J. Johnson had 3 points; Caden Barton had 11 points; and K.J. Darden had 12 points.

Against Shepherd, the Trojans fell to the Pirates 70-54.

Shepherd Coach Jeremy Bennett said, “Our strategy for the night was to stop Luke Monroe. He has hurt us in the past and we wanted to stop him getting to the basket.”

Tristan Cullum said, “We wanted to come out hard and fast and get a lead as quick as we could and play as hard as we could.”

For Coldspring, Monroe had 11 points; Joshua Brimsey had 6 points; Parker had 9 points; Johnson had 8 points; Barton had 11 points; Kelly had 7 points; and Bookie Barnes had 2 points.

For Shepherd, Jaylon Perkins had 4 points; Jesse Valerie had 25; Braydon Mettlen had 5 points; Payton Burton had 8; Tristen Cullum had 19 points; and Anthony Patterson had 3 points.

On Friday, Shepherd downed the Trinity Tigers 58-51.

Top scorers were Burton with 21 points, Cullum with 16 points and Jesse Valerie with 12 points.

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