Girls, boys bounce back to throttle Palestine

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Blackcats head basketball coach Anthony Leamon talks strategy with his players during Friday’s game against Fairfield. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

Both the boys and girls varsity basketball teams took one on the chin last Friday night in Fairfield so Tuesday was an opportunity to get back to their game at home – running the floor and keeping the pressure on. The Ladycats got things started by running away with a 65-29 victory, then the boys closed the evening with a 79-46 thumping of the visiting Palestine Wildcats on a night where the visitors were forced into a combined 79 turnovers and scored only 75 points.

Ladycats
The Mexia girls never trailed. With a 4-3 lead midway through the first quarter, back-to-back buckets by Jy Jackson and Tee Owens increased the lead to five and the Ladycats never looked back.

Palestine was held to two field goals and hit 2-of-7 free throws in the quarter to score six, while Jackson and Akasha Anderson each had four and Kaitlyn Gipson hit a three pointer late in the quarter to help Mexia put 15 on the board. Tee Owens led the high-pressure defense with three steals in the first quarter.

Palestine fought to close the gap early in the second quarter, but an 11-0 run in the middle of the quarter put it out of reach early and by the half the lead was 32-15 for Mexia.

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