The Fox Box: County wide sports updates

by Michelle Dillon Staff Writer

Area schools are hooping it as non-conference basketball play continues.

Indians travel to Nacogdoches for Central Heights tournament

The Jacksonville Indians played in the Central Heights tournament in Nacagdoches Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 6-8.

The first game out, the Indians won a 61-56 victory over the Huntington Red Devils. Garry Minifee scored 19 points, including four, three-point shots. He also had seven rebounds and 3 assists in the game along with a steal and a block.

Vitorian High added 14 points to the board with three rebounds, one assist and two steals.

Desmond Fuller sank eight points, pulled down seven rebounds, had three assists, one steal and a block. Keion Redd dropped in seven points, had four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.

As a team, the Indians sank 48 percent of field goal shots and 57 percent of free throws.

The Indians lost three in a row following the initial win.

Jacksonville was defeated by the Grapeland Sandies, 40-70.

The team sank 50 percent of free throws, and 36 percent of field goals. The Indians pulled down 27 rebounds and had five steals in the game.

The contest against the Center Roughriders resulted in a closer score, though still a loss with 61-65 final.

Against the Bridge City Cardinals, the Indians fell 27-44.

The Indians were to play at Bullard Tuesday, Dec. 11, and will host Kilgore Friday, Dec. 14.

Maidens play in Brownsboro tournament

The Jacksonville Maidens participated in the Brownsboro tournament Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 6-8.

On Thursday, the Maidens played the Rusk Lady Eagles, winning the game 39-17.

Jacksonville then lost to Martin’s Mill by a score of 45-54. The Maidens pulled down 26 rebounds and had seven steals in the game. They shot 60 percent from the free throw line, and made 36 percent of field goal attempts.

The Maidens were to host John Tyler Tuesday, Dec. 11, and will travel to Hallsville Friday, Dec. 14.


Yellowjackets go 2-2 at Gary Tournament

The Yellowjackets participated in the Gary Tournament Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 6-8.

The first game was close but resulted in a loss to Broaddus 52-60 Thursday, Dec. 6.
Down at the half by a score of 18-31, Alto outscored Broaddus 19-15 in the third period. In the final quarter, the Yellowjackets cut the lead to a single point on multiple possessions, but it wasn’t enough to complete the final frame comeback.

High scorers for Alto included Skyler Atkins with 13 points and Kurrinsai Jackson with 12. Bubba Mumphrey added 9 points, Fred Thacker sank 8, Marlon Warren had five points while Keithan Jenkins added two and Jay Pope, one.

Friday morning’s game brought the Yellowjackets a win, with a 49-35 victory over Timpson.

Trailing 6-7 at the end of the first quarter, the Yellowjackets fell further behind by the half allowing Timpson a 19-26 lead. Alto came back in the second half, outscoring their opponents 21-5 in the third frame and 7-4 in the fourth.

High scorers were Atkins with 19 points and Thacker with 13. Mumphrey added 5 points while Jackson and Thompson each sank four points. Ki’Alo Deason and Pope dropped in two points apiece.

In the game against West Rusk, the teams of father and son battled to a 45-43 final. The Alto Yellowjackets are coached by Seth Hubbard while the West Rusk Raiders are coached by his father, Donald Hubbard.

The Yellowjackets took the first quarter lead, 12-6, but found themselves trailing 21-25 at half-time. West Rusk still had the lead at the end of the third frame, though it was a single point difference. The Yellowjackets outscored the Raiders 14-11 in the final period, including a layup by Fred Thacker at the buzzer which gave Alto the win.

High scorer was Thacker with 14 points. Marlon Warren followed with nine points, Atkins with eight, Jackson and Mumphrey with 6 each, and Pope added two points.

After two wins, the Yellowjackets suffered another loss when they faced the Troup Tigers.

They found themselves down 17-26 at the half. Alto did manage to outscore the Tigers 14-9 in the third quarter, but it wasn’t enough to make up the difference. Troup outplayed Alto 11-6 in the final frame to take the 46-37 victory.

The Yellowjackets were to play at San Augustine Tuesday, Dec. 11, and will host Wells Friday, Dec. 14.

Lady Jackets defeat Tigers, fall to Bearcats

The Alto Lady Jackets also participated in the Gary Tournament, earning a 45-39 win over the Troup Tigers. They also experienced a loss to the Beckville Bearcats, 34-48.

In the first frame the Lady Jackets scored six points to Beckville’s 10. By the half, the Bearcats increased their lead to nine points. In the third quarter Beckville scored 14 points while Alto dropped in eight. The Lady Jackets did manage to outscore the Bearcats by a single point in the final frame, 10-9, but the win was Beckville’s.

The Lady Jackets were to host Cross Roads Tuesday, Dec. 11, and will travel to Broaddus Friday, Dec. 14.

New Summerfield

Hornets 10-3 for season

The New Summerfield Hornets traveled to Trinidad Tuesday, Dec. 4, and defeated the Trojans 72-35. The team now stands at 10-3 for the season.

Collin Wilkerson was high scorer with 25 points, followed by Luis Martinez with 15 and Bryant Lean with 12 points.

The Hornets were scheduled to host Athens Christian Preparatory Academy Tuesday, Dec. 11, and will travel to Union Hill Friday, Dec. 14.

Lady Hornets 2-6 in non-conference play

The Lady Hornets lost a game to East Texas Christian High School Friday, Dec. 7, by a score of 40-53.

They were to host Athens Christian Preparatory Academy Tuesday, Dec. 11 and travel to Union Hill Friday, Dec. 14. The Lady Hornets have a 2-6 record in non-conference play.


Eagles fall to Dragons

The Rusk Eagles played at Nacogdoches Tuesday, Dec. 4, and suffered a defeat by the Dragons, 27-69. The Eagles were scheduled to travel to Hallsville Tuesday, Dec. 11, and to Bullard Friday, Dec. 14.

Lady Eagles fall to Jacksonville, defeat Mineola

The Lady Eagles participated in the Brownsboro Tournament Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 6-8.

The Lady Eagles fell to the Jacksonville Maidens 39-17, but found victory over the Mineola Yellowjackets, 48-40.

The Lady Eagles were scheduled to play at Yantis Tuesday, Dec. 11, and will host Huntington Friday, Dec. 14.