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Coldspring clinches second in district

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T.C. Chambers goes coast-to-coast for another layup during the district game against Tarkington. Photos by Charlie BallardT.C. Chambers goes coast-to-coast for another layup during the district game against Tarkington. Photos by Charlie Ballard

By Charlie Ballard
SJNT Enterprise

COLDSPRING — The treys fell, and so did the Hardin Hornets, as the Trojans took a 77-64 win over Hardin on Friday.

Coldspring took an early lead and kept the Hornets at bay behind the long-distance buckets by Cam Shaw-Rucker. The win gave the Trojans second place in district.

Luke Monroe said the 3-point shots came at will all night long. 

Coach Greg Devers said the Trojans still have another game, but with a three-game lead over Crockett, the second-place win is a done deal.

Shaw-Rucker made a statement by hitting 34 points during the game. 

He was followed by Luke Monroe and Chris Harden, each with 12 points. 

On Feb. 8, the New Waverly Bulldogs topped the Trojans 61-47.

While the Bulldogs were stunned by the Trojans during the first half, the difference in the game was the third quarter. The Trojans came out cold and it was not until the fourth quarter that the Trojans managed to start hitting the bucket. 

Shaw-Rucker and Monroe had 15 points apiece on the night.

 Lady Trojans

The New Waverly Lady Bulldogs ended the Lady Trojans’ season on Feb. 8 with a 79-38 loss.

The Lady Trojans could only muster 10 points during the first quarter and finally got going with 11 during the second quarter. They only put up 17 points during the entire second half. They did not give up, as they kept shooting until the last buzzer sounded.

Bri Shaw-Rucker had 17 points for the Lady Trojans.

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Trojan Luke Monroe goes over Trinity center Terius Maxie for two during a Feb. 1 game.Trojan Luke Monroe goes over Trinity center Terius Maxie for two during a Feb. 1 game.

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TRINITY — It was rough, and it was physical, and at one time, the COCISD Trojans were behind, but the tough got going, and the Trojans downed district rival Trinity 61-51 on Feb. 1.

Coldspring was down 23-15 at halftime, a place it has been in some time, according to Head Coach Greg Devers. 

“Fifteen points were the fewest points that we had in seven years,” he said. “We were 6 of 31 shooting and 1 of 3 from the free throw line.”

The Trojans rallied in the second half as they outscored the Tigers 46 to 28, including 26 to 11 in the third quarter. 

From there, the Trojans were 13 of 27 shooting and 17 of 19 from the free throw line. 

Leading scorers were Luke Monroe with 27 points, Chris Harden with 13 points, and Cam Shaw-Rucker with 11 points, 6 steals and 5 rebounds. 

K.D. Bookman had a good overall game with 7 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals.

Meanwhile, the Lady Trojans commanded the first three quarters against the Lady Tigers, staying anywhere from 12 to 20 points ahead.

However, the fourth quarter would see Trinity pull within two to scare the Lady Trojans; fouls and foul shots were what kept the lead firmly in the hands of the Lady Trojans, who won by 6.

The final score was 51-45.

Shepherd

SOUR LAKE — The Shepherd Pirates were outclassed by Hardin-Jefferson 94-28 on Feb. 1.

Top scorer was Tristen Cullum with 10 points and 8 rebounds.

Meanwhile, the Lady Pirates were downed 113-33 by the Hardin-Jefferson Lady Hawks.

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Trojans win two in grand style

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Cam Shaw-Rucker finds and opening in the Onalaska defense and takes a lay-up for two more points. Cam Shaw-Rucker finds and opening in the Onalaska defense and takes a lay-up for two more points. SJNT staff

COLDSPRING — Top Trojan Luke Monroe said a 93-67 win over Onalaska on Friday was the end result of a 57-41 win over Anderson-Shiro on Thursday.

“The game against Anderson was a very good game, as team was focused and responding very well against Onalaska,” the sophomore guard said. “All in all, the game was one of the best we have had.”

Monroe was able to put up 17 points in the Friday game. Other top scorers include Cam Shaw-Rucker with 18, K.D. Bookman with 14 and Xzaviem Major and K.J. Harden both with 10.

Monroe praised the teamwork.

“We started the game well, our focus was good, and our teamwork was good,” he said. “Mid-game we kind of lost our focus and we had to regroup a little to get back to our game plan.”

Bookman credited teamwork, three-point shooting and hustle for the win, a sentiment echoed by teammate Harden.

On Jan. 27, district rival Anderson-Shiro fell 57-41.

Overall, the Trojans have a 22-8 record (5-2 district).

Shepherd 

SHEPHERD — The Pirates lost a district game against the Splendora Wildcats 66-48 on Friday.

Top scorer was Jesse Valerie with 19 points

Lady Trojans

COLDSPRING — The Lady Trojans lost a heartbreaker to district rival Onalaska on Friday with a score 50-48.

Top scorers were Brianna Shaw-Rucker with 14 and A’lyvia Jackson with 11.

Shepherd

SHEPHERD — The Lady Pirates lost to Splendora in overtime 46-40 on Friday.  

Leading the way were Daci Theissan and Mckayden Nelson.  

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Grace Ramos of the Lady Pirates goes “Coast to Coast” for a layup during the district game against the Lady Huffman Falcons. Photo by Charles BallardGrace Ramos of the Lady Pirates goes “Coast to Coast” for a layup during the district game against the Lady Huffman Falcons. Photo by Charles Ballard

By Charlie Ballard
SJNT correspondent

SHEPHERD — The Pirates continue to struggle in district, falling to two rivals.

On Friday, the Pirates lost to the Huffman-Hargrave Falcons 87-47, putting the team at 0-6 in district (1-26 overall).

They struggled at the line with only 7 points out of 16, 43 percent of the shots made the baskets. 

High scorers were Tristen Cullum with 27 and Jesse Valerie with 9.

On Jan. 18, Shepherd fell to Hamshire-Fannett 73-58.

Top scorers were Cullum with 20 points, Payton Burton with 14 and Valerie with 13 points.

Cullum also added 10 rebounds.

Coldspring

HARDIN — The Trojans went positive in their district record with the Jan. 18 defeat of Hardin 51-48.

Coldspring-Oakhurst’s record stands at 3-2 in district (20-8 overall).

Top scorers were Luke Monroe with 17 points, Chris Harden with 13 and Cam Shaw-Rucker with 10.

The Friday Anderson-Shiro game was canceled on Friday because both schools were shut down because of COVID. The game has been rescheduled for this coming Thursday at 6:30

Lady Pirates

SHEPHERD — The Lady Pirates lost two district matches to move to a 1-6 district record.

On Friday, Shepherd lost to Huffman-Hargrave 77-30

On Jan. 18, Shepherd fell to Hamshire-Fannett 42-16.

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Cam Shaw-Rucker gets another layup against the Tarkington Longhorns, during the Jan. 11 game. Photos by Charles BallardCam Shaw-Rucker gets another layup against the Tarkington Longhorns, during the Jan. 11 game. Photos by Charles Ballard

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COLDSPRING — Coldspring-Oakhurst managed to keep it close with New Waverly until the second half of the game, and then New Waverly opened up to end up downing the Trojans 73-53 on Friday.

The Trojans now stand at 2-2 in district (19-8 overall).

Top scorers were Luke Monroe with 27 points, and Cam Shaw-Rucker and T.C. Chambers each contributed 6 points.

On Jan. 11, Coldspring-Oakhurst lost to Tarkington 72-58.

Top scorers were Shaw-Rucker with 17 and Monroe with 16.

Shepherd

SHEPHERD — The Pirates gave up two games to district rivals in recent play.

On Jan. 14, Shepherd lost to the Liberty Panthers 69-44.

On Jan. 11, the Pirates fell to the Livingston Lions 58-32.

Top scorers were Tristen Cullum with 15 and Jesse Valerie with 13.

Girls 

Coldspring-Oakhurst

COLDSPRING — The Lady Trojans got the first points of the game but then fell behind and never controlled the court, losing to New Waverly 72-42 on Friday.

Top scorers for the Lady Trojans were Ella Phillips with 15 points, A’lyvia Jackson with 12 points and Brianna Shaw-Rucker with 10 points.

On Jan. 11, the Lady Trojans downed Tarkington 60-55.

Top scorers for the Lady Trojans were Jackson with 22 points and Phillips with 10.

Shepherd

SHEPHERD — The Shepherd Lady Pirates lost to the Livingston Lions 45-40 on Friday.

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