By Charles Ballard
COLDSPRING — The Trojans downed the Bulldogs of New Waverly to open district play and the new year with a 77-47 win on Friday.
The Dogs just could not get anything going for them as the Trojans managed to take control of the game for the first jump ball till the last game buzzer; the opening toss produced 2 points for the Trojans in just seconds after the game clock started. Coldspring would outscore New Waverly 24-8 in the first quarter alone.
Jacorrion Jackson and Luke Monroe posted 12 points each during the first quarter and had limited play the entire game. T.J. Johnson had two 3-pointers for a total of 6 points, and Bryan Douglas contributed 17 points including two treys. Noah Bradford had a 3-point shot while Karvar Hays had 8 points for the night. Kelvin Harden, Eric Sykes, Jayden Kelly and Bookie Barnes combined for a total of 20 points.
The Pirates stunned Crockett 65-62 in overtime on Friday.
Senior Center Tristen Cullum said, “They came to town expecting to dominate the Pirates, but we wanted to show we could compete with the best, and we did just that.”
The first half ended with the Pirates on top 26-22, but the Dogs got to within 2 points of catching the Pirates during the third quarter. As the fourth quarter came to a close, the Dogs were ahead by only a few points and with only seconds left in the game the Pirates tied the score at 58, forcing the overtime.
Braydon Mettlen had 7 points, and Payton Burton shot the lights out with three 3-point shots along with 6 additional points. Tristen Cullum had 14 points, while freshman Brayden White poured in 22 points.
Coach Jeremy Bennett said, “After we got down in the fourth quarter we kept pushing forward and we never quit. A close one but we won.”
Cullum said, “We never give up, we play till the final whistle is blown, it was a good win in spite of what everyone was saying we were going to get blown out of the court.”
Burton said, “We never quit, even if we are down by 5, 10 or 20 we can always come back. Our game play worked very good tonight as well.”
The Lady Trojans fell to the New Waverly Lady Bulldogs 46-40 on Friday.
The Lady Trojans in the first quarter were outshot 17-7 and fought against that deficit throughout the game. The half ended with Coldspring down with a score of 31-15.
Shantel Goffney had 4 points for the night and Ella Phillips had 6 points. Mariah Major had 6, but Shaniyla Goffney led the pack with 19 points.
The Lady Pirates downed the Crocket Lady Bulldogs 40-38 on Friday.
Coach Eldridge McAdams said, “We are a short team and we had to keep them from grabbing the rebounds against us.”
The rebounding game plan that the Lady Pirates drew up allowed them to tie the game at 31 in the third; McAdams, which meant keeping the Lady Bulldogs out of the paint and taking bad shots from outside.
Avi Patterson had 6 points, Kiona King had 10 points, Jaz Richardson had 7 points, Dakiyah Clark had 2 points, Mckayden Nelson had 6 points, Tiana Clark had 6 points and Kaci Roberts had 3 points.