Area basketball roundup

by Michelle Dillon

Area teams continue to light up the scoreboard as basketball season continues. The Alto Lady Jackets and Troup Tigers both added wins to their season record this past week while the Alto Yellowjackets suffered losses.


Alto earns two wins

The Alto Lady Jackets beat the Gary Lady Bobcats by a score of 43-26 Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Top scorer for Alto was Mya Tyra with 16 points. Tyra also recorded seven steals. Mary Woodard and Abbie Teutsch added eight points apiece, with Woodard recording four rebounds.

Areli Perez dropped in seven points and had four boards. Maquela Jackson added four points to the team score and earned six boards. Makayla Black posted six assists, four steals and three rebounds.

The Lady Jackets took on Mt. Enterprise Friday, Feb. 7, drubbing the Galcats 43-21.

Once again Tyra led team scoring, sinking 19 points, and pulled down three rebounds. Jackson dropped in eight points and posted five rebounds and two assists.

Teutsch put six points on the board and recorded four rebounds and three steals. Black added four points to the team total and posted five assists, three steals and two blocks. Woodard, Perez and Allona Bruton each added two points. Perez also had three rebounds and two assists.

The Lady Jackets now sport a 6-3 district record, 21-13 overall, and were tied in district prior to Tuesday’s game against Douglass.


Alto loses two by slim margins

The Alto Yellowjackets lost by a slim four-point margin, 56-52, to Gary on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Alto jumped ahead in the first frame by a score of 14-11, but Gary outscored Alto in the second quarter, 17-10, earning the halftime lead, 28-24. Coming back from the break, the Jackets again outshot their opponents, 13-10, bringing them to within a single point but still short of Gary, 38-37. Gary put up three points more than Alto in the final quarter, taking the win.

Kurrinsai Jackson was lead scorer for the Yellowjackets with 17 points, followed by Skyler Atkins with 14. Jay Pope dropped in 11 points and Jerrion Skinner sank three four points. Jackson Duplichain and Keithen Jenkins added three points apiece.

On Friday, Feb. 7, the Jackets suffered another close loss, this time by a two-point margin to Mt. Enterprise, 56-54.

Down 14-6 at the end of the first period, Alto rallied to out shoot Mt. Enterprise in the second quarter, 12-11. The halftime advantage still belonged to Mt. Enterprise, 25-18. Mounting a comeback in the second half, Alto again out scored Mt. Enterprise by a single point in the third quarter, 15-14. In the final frame, Alto outdistanced Mt. Enterprise, 21-17, but fell just short of the win.

Top scorer for Alto was Atkins with 23 points. Jenkins sank 14 points, and Jackson, nine. Pope dropped in seven points and Skinner added one.

The team was to play Douglass Tuesday, Feb. 11, and will host New Summerfield Friday, Feb. 18. Both JV and varsity teams will be playing with tipoffs at 5 and 6:15 p.m., respectively.

Troup adds two wins

The Troup Tigers defeated the White Oak Roughnecks, 50-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

The Tigers started ahead from the first quarter and never gave up the lead.

Top scorers for the game were Kedrick Frazier and Grayson Driggs who dropped in 15 points apiece. Frazier’s points included four treys; Driggs had three. Clayton Vickers sank seven points. Matthew Castillo put six points, including a three-pointer. Bracey Cover added four points and Logan Womack, three.

The JV team lost to White Oak, 29-23.

On Friday, Feb. 7, Troup downed the Harmony Eagles for a 52-32 win.

Once again, the Tigers pulled ahead from the start and never quit.

Cover was lead scorer with 18 points, including four three-point shots. Frazier and Driggs dropped in 10 points apiece, with Driggs’ score including two treys and Frazier’s, one three-pointer.

The JV team earned victory over Harmony, 22-20.

The Tigers were slated to host West Rusk Tuesday, Feb. 11, and will host Arp Friday, Feb. 14. The JV team is scheduled to play beginning at 5 p.m. and the varsity at 6:16 p.m.

Troup currently has an 8-3 district record, 23-9 overall, and are second in the district behind Arp.