Area basketball roundup

by Michelle Dillon

Lady ’Jackets win one, lose one

The Lady Yellowjackets mastered the Lady Mustangs, defeating Slocum 31-29 Tuesday, Dec. 31.

The Jackets were evenly matched with the Mustangs with regulation time nearly ending in a tie. With 29 points for both teams on the scoreboard, Alto was in control of the ball in the final seconds. Mary Woodard took a shot from near the top of the key that dropped in to tip the score in favor of the Lady Jackets.

Top scorer was Mya Tyra with 16 points. She also posted six rebounds and four steals.

Makayla Black dropped in five points and recorded four rebounds. Mary Woodard and Abbie Teutsch each added three points to the team total. Woodard posted four steals and Teutsch, two. Areli Perez and Allona Bruton sank a bucket apiece. Perez totaled the most rebounds for the team at 11.

The Lady Jackets fell to Cayuga in a two-point loss, 46-44, Friday, Jan. 3.

Alto was to complete their non-conference schedule at Grapeland Tuesday, Jan. 7, and will open their District 21-2A slate at New Summerfield Friday, Jan. 10. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.

Alto men go 1-2 for week

The Alto Yellowjackets earned a victory over the Pollok Central Bulldogs, 56-49, Monday, Dec. 30.

The Jackets outscored the Bulldogs in the first period, 13-9, for the early lead. Central fought back, outshooting Alto 14-9 in the second period for a single point halftime advantage, 23-22.

The third and final periods tipped in favor of the Jackets, giving them the 56-49 win.

Skyler Atkins was top scorer with 22 points, followed by Jay Pope with 20. Keithen Jenkins dropped in six points and Jerrion Skinner, four. Kurrin Sai Jackson and Taylor Bowman each added two points to the team total.

The Jackets were overcome by the Slocum Mustangs by a score of 54-39 Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Both teams put up eight points in the first quarter, but the Mustangs sank 24 points to Alto’s 14 in the second period, giving Slocum a 32-22 halftime advantage. The Jackets nearly kept pace in the third frame, adding 12 points to Slocum’s 14. Alto dropped the final frame 8-5 for a 54-39 final.

Atkins again led team scoring with 12 points. Jenkins followed with 11. Jackson and Skinner each sank five points with Pope and Bowman adding two points apiece.

Alto visited Fairfield where they were downed by the Eagles, 66-52, Friday, Jan. 3.

The Jackets started the game with a first quarter lead over the Eagles, 19-11. Both teams sank nine points in the second frame.

Fairfield sank 28 points in the third period to Alto’s seven, earning a 48-35 advantage. The Eagles outscored Alto in the final frame by a single point, taking the win.

Atkins sank 34 points for the Yellowjackets. Jackson put up nine points. Jenkins added four points; Pope, three, and Clayton Terry, two.

Alto was to visit Grapeland Tuesday, Jan. 7, and will travel to Kennard Friday, Jan. 10.

Jacksonville drops first district game

The Jacksonville Indians fell to the Mavericks, 64-55, Friday, Jan. 3, in their initial District 16-5A game of the season.

Devin McCuin lead team scoring with 15 points including three treys. Jonathan Denman and Kameron Conwell sank 10 points each. Amad Juan Menefee dropped in eight points. Desmond Fuller put six points on the board while JaModrick Sherfield added two and Jahbari Johnson, one.

The freshman team also lost to the Mavericks, 61-41, but the JV team defeated Marshall, 43-33.

The Indians were to host Lufkin Tuesday, Jan. 7, and will travel to Nacogdoches, Jan. 10. The initial tip-off is set for 5 p.m.

Troup tops New Summerfield, Gladewater

The Troup Tigers traveled to neighboring school New Summerfield, where they defeated the Hornets by a score of 59-48 on Tuesday, Dec. 31.

The Tigers jumped into a 17-10 first quarter lead. The Hornets sank 17 points in the second period compared to Troup’s 13. Though it wasn’t enough to overtake the Tigers, it cut their halftime advantage to three points, 30-27.

The closest score of the game was in the third period with just a two-point difference, 14-12, in favor of Troup.

The final frame also went to the Tigers, 15-9, giving Troup the win.

Troup’s top scorer was Kedrick Frazier with 18 points, followed by Grayson Driggs with 12. Blake Wood sank 10 points and Logan Womack dropped in eight. Clayton Vickers added six points and Bracey Cover, five.

Rylan Fickey was lead scorer for New Summerfield with 16 points, followed by Karson Andrade with 10. Mason Wallace dropped in nine points. Chris Leon and Jose Barcenas sank four points each. Ismael Llovera added three and Juan Aguilar, two.

New Summerfield shooters hit nine three-pointers in the game including four from Fickey, three from Wallace and one apiece from Andrade and Llovera.

Troup’s Womack and Driggs each sank two treys and Cover dropped in a three-point shot.

Troup ended the non-conference portion of the season with a 15-6 record.

Troup opened their District 16-3A slate at Gladewater where they bested the Bears, 52-46.

The Tigers fell behind early, ending the first period in a two-point deficit, 11-9. They were outscored in the second quarter to drop further behind at the half, 28-19.

The Tigers, however, outshot the Bears in both the third and final frames (15-9 and 18-9) to earn a come-from-behind victory.

Cover and Matthew Castillo sank 12 points apiece to lead the scoring for Troup. Frazier and Wood dropped in eight points each.

Womack added five; Driggs, three, while Vickers and Easton Haugeberg each added two.

The JV Tigers lost to Gladewater by a mere three points in game that ended 35-32.

Troup was to host Sabine Tuesday, Jan. 7, and will travel to White Oak Friday, Jan. 10.