By Charles Ballard
The Annual Turkey Shoot-Out hosted by the Lady Pirates featured nine teams, and Shepherd went 2-2 over the tournament.
The first Shepherd game was against Lufkin JV, and Avi Patterson had 2 points, Jaz Richardson had 10 points, Angeline Garland had 2 points, Makayden Nelson posted 7 points and Tiana Clark had 10 points and the only 2 three-point shots of the game. Scoring went 12 points in the first quarter, 8 in the second, 7 in the third and 8 in the final quarter for 36-14 total points and the win.
The second game did not go as well as the first; against the Lady Jacks of Diboll, the Lady Pirates were downed 47-29. Avi Patterson had a point at the line, Kiona King had 13 points, Angeline Garland had 3 points, Dakiyah Clark had 3 points, Makayden Nelson had 3 points, Tiana Clark had 3 points and Naraya Davis had 3 points.
Head Coach Eldridge McAdams said, “During the Livingston game on Tuesday we were shooting the three point shots great, but tonight they just would not fall.”
On Saturday, the Shepherd Lady Pirates faced the New Caney-West Fork team. With a slow start the Lady Pirates fell behind in the first and second quarters and could not rebound to take the game. At the half the Lady Pirates stood looking at the scoreboard with a 17 to 11 score. After posting 5 points West Fork answered back with 11 unanswered points, digging the hole deeper for the Lady Pirates. The last and final quarter of the Turkey Shoot-Out, the Lady Pirates almost took the game by shooting 13 points and allowing only 5 to West Fork, but it was just not enough for the win. West Fork took the game 33-29.
Diboll posted 4 wins, Kirby posted a 2-2 record, Shepherd posted a 2-2 record, Dayton posted 4 wins.
On Nov. 14, it was raining in Livingston as 3-point shots fell like cats and dogs.
The Lady Pirates posted 8 3-pointers against the Lady Lions. Mckayden Nelson had 15 points, of which 9 were treys. Tiana Clark had 2 additional 3-point shots. The Lady Lions just could not keep the Lady Pirates off the 3-point line. It started early in the 3rd quarter after the halftime team meeting.
McAdams said, “We fixed a few problems that we saw during the first half, which opened up the 3-point shots for us.”
Mckayden Nelson said, “We need to work on paying attention to each other during the game, but overall it was a good win.”
Patterson scored 2, King 2, Richardson 13, Clark 4, Nelson 12, and Tiana Clark 10. Shepherd posted 5 points in the first quarter, 12 in the second quarter, 19 in the third quarter and 10 in the fourth and final quarter for a total of 46 points. They shot 4-for-10 at the line.
The Coldspring Lady Trojans lost 62-20 to Madisonville and 40-19 against Carthage during a tournament in Madisonville on Thursday.
The Pirates were downed by Splendora 58-49 on Saturday.
Top scorers were Tristen Cullum with 20 points, Joshua Stowe with 9 and Braydon Mettlen with 8.
The Trojans opened the season with two wins, a 68-47 downing of Founders Christian on Friday and a 77-44 drubbing of Warren on Saturday.