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Sydney Brock goes by a defender at Goodrich. Sydney Brock goes by a defender at Goodrich. 

By Becki Byrd

The Yellowjacket basketball teams only took a couple of days off for the Christmas holiday. Dec. 28-30th both teams participated in the Latexo Holiday Hoops Tournament playing five games each. The girls finished fourth in the Bronze bracket of the tournament.

Yellowjackets resumed district play on Jan. 2 when they traveled to Goodrich to take on the Hornets. The Lady Jackets started the night with a 50-37 win. Junior Abby Grimes had a big night with 18 points. Sydney Brock was consistent and had 14 points, five rebounds; four assists, and seven steals. Kyli Handley helped on offense and defense with 12 points; three rebounds and six steals. Freshman Ty Cochran led in rebounds with eight and scored four points. Blakeney Whitworth contributed with two points, six rebounds, and three blocks. The varsity boys also came away with a 55-39 win vs the Hornets. Jesse Bittick led with 17 points. Hunter Luther had 15, PJ Purvis 8, Turner Johnson had 6, Jaxon Gay and Bradley Davison each had 4, and Kasen Citrano helped with several rebounds and two points. 

On Friday, Jan. 5, the Jackets took on Zavalla at home. The girls picked up their second district loss 20-52. Kyli Handley led with 12 of the 20 points. Sydney Brock had five and Abby Grimes had three. The boys, however, took an exciting 53-49 win. Jesse Bittick ended with 13 points, Kasen Citrano and Hunter Luther each had 11 points, Brad Davison was right behind with 10 points. PJ Purvis helped with five points and Jaxon Gay ended with one point. 

The Yellowjackets take on Burkeville on Jan. 12 at JP Johnson Gymnasium with tip off at 6 p.m. 

The Yellowjacket cheerleaders put in work over the Christmas break by participating in the UIL State Cheerleading Competition in Fort Worth on Jan. 4. This was the first time for the cheerleaders to participate in this competition. There were more than 30 teams in the 1A division. Coach Amanda Calhoun was pleased with the girls performance and looks forward to working even harder next year. 

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