Cherokee County teams begin district basketball play

by Michelle Dillon Staff Writer
Photo by Michelle Dillon
New Summerfield’s Leslie Guzman takes a shot against Alto Lady Jacket defender Makayla Black during the first league game Friday, Jan. 4. Photo by Michelle Dillon
New Summerfield’s Leslie Guzman takes a shot against Alto Lady Jacket defender Makayla Black during the first league game Friday, Jan. 4.

And now for Hoop Zone news:


Indians 4-12 overall, 0-1 in district play

The Jacksonville Indians participated in the Wagstaff Holiday Classic, leaving the tournament with a 1-2 record.

The first two days of play resulted in losses to Tyler Lee, 62-43, and Legacy, 66-53.

The Indians finally found success against Cumberland Academy, defeating them 50-32.

The Indians, now 4-12 overall and 0-1 in district, were to return to league action by hosting rival Whitehouse.

The Wildcats currently hold a 3-11 overall record, but are even with Jacksonville in district, 0-1.

The Indians will be guests of John Tyler as they face the Lions Friday, Jan. 11.

Maidens face off

against Canton

The Jacksonville Maidens participated in the Macy Chenevert Memorial Tournament hosted by TK Gorman Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 27-29.

The Maidens won their first three games with scores of 70-15 over the Winona Wildcats, 62-29 over the Grace Community Cougars and 55-30 over the Gilmer Buckeyes.

This placed Jacksonville in the championship game against the Canton Eagles.

Though the final score was a close 36-40, the four-point win was claimed by Canton.

The Maidens were to host rival Whitehouse Tuesday, Jan. 8, and will travel to Longview to face the Pine Tree Pirates Friday, Jan. 11.


Eagles head into district game play

In the final non-conference game, the Rusk Eagles hosted the Carthage Bulldogs and lost 39-62.

The Eagles will begin district action on the road when they travel to Madisonville Friday, Jan. 11. Rusk, 1-12 for the season, will face the Mustangs, 3-17.

The Lady Eagles opened District 19-4A action against the Fairfield Eagles, losing the away game, 24-46.

Lady Eagles 10-5 for season

Rusk Lady Eagles were to host the Mexia Black Cats, 10-5 for the season, on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

They will travel to Madisonville to face the 2-9 Mustangs Friday, Jan. 11.


Yellowjackets play in Tenaha Holiday Hoops Tournament

The Alto Yellowjackets participated in the Tenaha Holiday Hoops tournament Thursday-Friday, Dec. 27-28. The Yellowjackets eked out a win against San Augustine 60-58 in the first round of play.

Alto outscored San Augustine 15-9 in the first quarter, but allowed 20 against their own 11 points in the second resulting in the Yellowjackets being on the short end of a 26-29 halftime score. Alto rebounded in the third period, outscoring their opponent 17-8 for a 43-37 lead.

San Augustine came back in the fourth quarter to score 21 points to Alto’s 17, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Yellowjackets. Alto won, 60-58, and advanced to the winner’s bracket.

Bubba Mumphrey was high scorer with 20 points, followed by Fred Thacker with 15. Skyler Atkins, Marlon Warren and James Thompson each sank eight points while Jay Pope added one to the team score.

In the second round of play, Alto tipped off against Big Sandy and suffered a 46-93 loss to the team ranked tenth in a Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) poll.

Thacker was high scorer with 18 points. Kurrinsai Jackson sank nine while Atkins dropped in eight points. Warren scored four points, Mumphrey dropped in three and Keithen Jenkins and Ki’Alo Deason each added two points.

In the final contest of the tournament, Alto lost a close game to Sabine, 50-57.

The Yellowjackets outscored their opponent 15-13 in the first period. In the second quarter, Alto allowed Sabine to score 12 points to their own 10, leaving the halftime score tied at 25. Sabine sank 19 points in the third period while Alto dropped in only 10, placing them behind, 44-35. Alto outscored Sabine in the final quarter by two points, 15-13, but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback.

Warren was high scorer for the team with 14 points. Thacker and Atkins each sank 12 points. Pope added six points and Mumphrey dropped in four.

The Yellowjackets returned to regular action Monday, Dec. 31, when they hosted Edgewood. They lost the game 32-62 to the team ranked 17 in a TABC poll.

Thacker was high scorer with nine points, followed by Warren and Mumphrey with seven each.

Pope sank four points, Thompson and Deason each dropped in two, while Atkins added one.

Alto traveled to Kennard Friday, Jan. 4, where they defeated the Tigers 50-29.

Down 10-12 at the end of the first quarter, the Yellowjackets came back in the second to outscore Kennard 11-2 in the period. Leading 21-13 at the half, Alto extended their lead 40-21.

The Tigers fared slightly better in the final period, scoring eight points to Alto’s 10, but the win belonged to the Yellowjackets.

Atkins and Pope tied as lead scorers with 12 points each. Warren followed with eight and Thacker with seven.

Mumphrey sank five points while Jackson dropped in three. Keithen added two points to the team total and James Thompson added one.

Lady Jackets face off against Lady Hornets

The Alto Lady Jackets traveled to New Summerfield to open District 21-21 league play. Alto fell behind the Lady Hornets in the first quarter 8-14. The Lady Jackets worked hard the second period, bringing the score within two points, 19-21, by the half.

Both teams sank eight points in the third quarter, leaving the two point gap in place. In the fourth frame, New Summerfield was able to pull ahead and secure the lead, winning the game 40-33.

Lead scorer for Alto was Makayla Black with seven points, followed by Reanna Guinn with six and Mary Woodard with five. Abbie Teutsch, Areli Perez-Ramos and Maquela Jackson each sank four points. Damiya Rollins dropped in two points while Chesnee Upshaw added one.

The Lady Jackets were to host Cushing Tuesday, Jan. 8, and will travel to Gary Friday, Jan. 11.

New Summerfield

Hornets defeat Flyers, play in Glen Evans Classic

New Summerfield Hornets visited LaPoyner Thursday, Dec. 20, where they defeated the Flyers 46-38.

The Hornets participated in the Troup-Glen Evans Classic Friday-Saturday, Dec. 28-29. They left the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record and the first place title. (See related article, p.2B.)

The Hornets hosted Cayuga Friday, Jan. 4, overwhelming the Wildcats 67-41.

Lead scorer was Collin Wilkerson with 26 points. Bryant Leon dropped in 13 points while Elvis Mendoza hit nine, all three-point shots. Luis Martinez added six points.

Dakota Stewart sank five. Jayce Fry and Jose Nunez each dropped in a three-pointer and Jose Leon added two points.

The New Summerfield Hornets will begin league play Friday, Jan. 11, when they host Douglass.

Lady Hornets defeat

Lady Jackets

The Lady Hornets opened District 21-2 loop play by hosting Alto Friday, Jan. 4, defeating the Lady Jackets 40-33.

High scorer was Bethany Dearing with 14 points, followed closely by Leslie Guzman with 13. Nijah Lee sank six points while Sara Rangel, Stephany Hernandez and Alexis Donnell each dropped in two points. Jenni Mendoza sank a free throw, adding one to the team total.

The Lady Hornets were to travel to Mt. Enterprise Tuesday, Jan. 8, and will host Douglass Friday, Jan. 11.


Tigers secure third District 16-3A victory

Troup hosted the Glen Evans Classic Friday-Saturday, Dec. 28-29. Five teams, including the host, participated on the men’s side and four teams participated in the women’s bracket. (For details, see related article, p. 2B.)

The Troup Tigers traveled to Bishop Gorman Monday, on Dec. 31, where they faced the Crusaders in a non-conference game.

The Tigers hosted White Oak Friday, Jan. 4, finding victory over the Roughnecks for their third District 16-3A win in a close 33-32 score. The first two wins came against Gladewater and Sabine.

The Tigers went up by a single point in the first quarter, 6-5, but allowed White Oak to go ahead at the half, 11-12. In the third period, the Roughnecks scored 18 points to the Tigers’ nine, expanding their overall lead to 20-30.

Troup made a comeback in the final frame scoring 13 points while allowing only two, taking the 33-32 victory.

Quincy Kincade was lead scorer with 13 points. Weslee Ross sank eight. Grayson Driggs dropped in five points, Kris Johnson netted four and Kedrick Frazier added three.

A total of six three-point shots were made by Troup, including three by Kincade and one each for Ross, Frazier and Driggs.

Troup was to travel to Harmony Tuesday, Jan. 8, and will host West Rusk Friday, Jan. 11.

Lady Tigers travel to West Rusk Jan. 11

After opening league play with a loss to Arp, the Troup Lady Tigers have posted only wins. The Tigers beat the Gladewater Bears Tuesday, Dec. 18, by a score of 61-51. They then defeated the Sabine Cardinals 47-41 on Friday, Dec. 21.

During the holiday break, Troup hosted the Glen Evans Classic with the Lady Tigers placing third. (For details, see related article, p. 2B.)

Returning to District 16-3A action, Troup hosted White Oak Friday, Jan. 4, garnering another win.

The first quarter ended in a close 8-7 score, in the Tigers’ favor. By halftime, Troup increased their lead to seven points, 20-13. In the third quarter, White Oak was still behind by seven, 24-31.
In the final period, White Oak closed the gap ending regulation time in a 40-40 tie.

During overtime, Troup pulled ahead by four points before White Oak was able to sink a shot but they still managed to tie the score at 44.

Troup again pulled ahead by four, but this time did not allow White Oak to score, ending overtime with at 48-44 Tiger win.

The Lady Tigers were to travel to Harmony Tuesday, Jan. 8, and will host West Rusk Friday, Jan. 11.


Panthers go 1-2 in Huntington Integra Winter Classic

The Bullard Panthers traveled to Spring Hill Tuesday, Dec. 18, where they were defeated 48-94 in their first district game of the season.

The Spring Hill Panthers took an early 19-9 lead over the Bullard Panthers, increasing the gap to 43-17 by halftime.

In the third quarter, both Panther teams scored 21 points. Bullard fell behind 10-30 during the last frame giving the 94-48 win to Spring Hill.

The Bullard Panthers participated in the Huntington Integra Winter Classic held Thursday-Friday, Dec. 27-28.

They left with a tournament record of 1-2. They defeated Pineywoods Community Academy 47-39, but suffered losses to the Huntington Red Devils, 75-38 and the Gary Bobcats, 55-26.

Returning to hoop action, the Panthers visited Chapel Hill where the Bulldogs defeated them 41-71.

Bullard will host Kilgore Friday, Jan. 11.

The Lady Panthers fared much better against Spring Hill than their counterparts, winning with a score of 62-20.

This followed their first two district wins over the Henderson Lions, 72-34, and the Gilmer Buckeyes, 56-35.

Lady Panthers hold

24-6 record

The Lady Panthers hosted Cumberland Academy Friday, Dec. 21, defeating the Knights 72-24. A 53-29 win over the Chapel Hill Bulldogs on Friday, Jan. 4, gave the Lady Panthers a 24-6 record overall and a perfect 5-0 district record to date.

The Lady Panthers will face off with another set of Bulldogs when they host Kilgore Friday, Jan. 11.