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Mon
09
Mar

Blackcats fall to Tigers in Class 4A Region III semifinals


The Blackcats Draeshaun Hannah goes for the tough inside shot against the Tigers Dontre Thomas on this play, during last Friday night’s Class 4A Region III semifinal game at Sam Houston State University’s Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville. Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Mexia Blackcats ended their season last Friday night against the No. 10 ranked Silsbee Tigers, 83-46, in the Class 4A Region III semifinals played at Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville.
Silsbee (30-6) dashed out to a 19-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and never let up on the gas, outscoring the Blackcats 64-36 the rest of the game.
Mexia never gave up as they battled as hard as they could against the Tigers full court pressure defense.
Most of the Blackcat baskets came from inside. Silsbee took away Mexia's outside shooting, although Tyrik Ray was able to connect on a 3-point shot in the second period, but other than that, the Blackcats had to work for each basket underneath and were usually contested by two to three Tigers flying in.

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Mon
02
Mar

Ladycats late lead erased by Cleveland in the end


Kiki Keith dishes the ball off in early action of Mexia’s regional semifinal game with the Cleveland Lady Indians last Friday night at Sam Houston State University’s Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Up 44-40 Friday night at Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville with less than 2:30 to play, the Cleveland Lady Indians went on a 9-0 scoring spree to end the No. 24 ranked Mexia Ladycats hopes of making it to the Class 4A Region III championship game.
With the score tied at the end of the third period, 35-35, Mexia’s Aniyah Jelks got fouled in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter. Jelks sank 1-2 free throws to put the Ladycats in the lead. Things were starting to look up for Mexia as Tee Owens was fouled a few seconds later. The junior guard made two shots and the Ladycats were now up 38-35, but it was still a little too early to celebrate.
Cleveland’s Titiana Reed hit a 3-point shot with 7:03 left in the game to knot up the score at 38.
With five minutes to play in the game, Jelks hit a two-point basket and senior Katilyn Gipson knocked one home to put Mexia back up by four.

Wed
25
Feb

Ladycats win regional quarterfinal; to play Cleveland Friday


Mexia’s Aniyah Jelks tries to gain position over Robinson’s Bailey Ashcraft during their regional quarterfinals game played in Waco Tuesday night. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
After a heated battle inside Waco High's gym Tuesday night, the No. 24 ranked Mexia Ladycats (23-9) broke a 37-37 tie at the end of the third period to forge their way to a 57-51 regional quarterfinal win over the No. 21 ranked Robinson Lady Rockets, advancing to the regional semifinals Friday night.
The girls next play Cleveland at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at Sam Houston State University's Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville.
With 7:44 to play in the fourth period, Taylor Porter - back fresh on the court after suffering a concussion at the end of the regular season - made one of two free throws to give Mexia a one point lead, 38-37.
Brianna Forge helped add to that with back-to-back buckets, pushing the Ladycats advantage out to five, 42-37, forcing Robinson's coach Scott Richardson to call a timeout with 6:41 to play.

Wed
18
Feb

Ladycats win bi-district, next game is Friday in Rusk


Aniyah Jelks and Katilyn Gipson battle against Lady Cadet players for the ball during the Ladycats 35-20 bi-district playoff win at Navarro College Monday night. Mexia moves on to face Tatum in the area round. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
With bent rims and poor lighting, the Mexia Ladycats were still able to come away with a 35-20 bi-district win over the Waco Connally Lady Cadets Monday night at Navarro College.
Mexia - trailing by one at the end of the first period - held a two-point lead at the half, 16-14, as the game stayed close up until the last 1:11 of the third period. That’s when the Ladycats Tee Owens went to work by hitting a reverse layup under the goal and on the next play, making the steal and taking the ball to the hoop to give Mexia a six-point lead with just a few seconds showing on the clock, 25-19.
The Ladycats came up with another bucket to open the fourth quarter, then Owens grabbed an offensive rebound and made the shot to extend Mexia’s lead to 10, 29-19, with 7:12 remaing in the game.
Connally managed a free throw to cut it back down to nine and that’s as good as it would get for the Lady Cadets.

Wed
18
Feb

Wortham’s Lady ‘Dawgs end season with loss to Cayuga


Wortham’s Elisha Libhart goes for a loose ball during the Lady Bulldogs third place tie-breaker game against the Cayuga Ladycats Saturday afternoon in Buffalo. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Wortham Lady Bulldogs season came to a close Saturday in Buffalo, as they fell to the Cayuga Ladycats in a battle for District 19-2A’s No. 3 spot, 47-35.
Wortham - playing without one of their top scorers, Kamarie Freeman, who was unable to play - kept the game close and only trailed by four after the first period. The Lady Bulldogs managed to even the score at 11 early in the second quarter, but Cayuga turned the offense up a notch by going on an 8-0 run before Kirsten Chambers pulled down an offensive rebound and put the ball back up for the bucket to end the Ladycats barrage.

Wed
18
Feb

Blackcats hobble Mustangs in 94-56 blowout Tuesday


The Blackcats Draeshaun Hannah breaks away for a slam dunk in the second quarter of Mexia’s big 94-56 win over the Madisonville Mustangs Tuesday night at home. This was the final district game of the season with both teams vying for the No. 2 spot heading into the playoffs. With the win, Mexia gained sole possession of the No. 2 spot and sent the Mustangs all the way down to the No. 4 seed, with Fairfield holding the top spot and Palestine in at No. 3. Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Coming into Tuesday night’s game, the Mexia Blackcats (21-8, 5-3) wanted to prove a point against the Madisonville Mustangs that they deserved to be the No. 2 seed from District 18-4A.
Evidently, it was more in the shape of a strong statement via the play on the basketball court as Mexia left nothing to controversy in their 94-56 blowout over the Mustangs at home in The Dungeon and securing second place in District 18-4A.
The last time these two teams met in district play was back on Jan. 30, in Madisonville, with the Mustangs taking a one point win in overtime, 79-78, handing the Blackcats their second district loss.

Fri
13
Feb

Seven Blackcats score in victory over Lorena


Mexia’s Raul Garcia breaks through a swarm of Hornet players during match play Tuesday night at Black Cat Field. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Mexia Blackcats soccer team were 1-1 in their last two games over the past week, shutting out the Lorena Leopards on the road, 9-0, but then falling to the Gatesville Hornets at home, 6-2, on Tuesday.
Against Lorena, seven different players scored for the Blackcats in the game. Leading Mexia scorer, Raul Garcia, scored two goals in the game, along with teammate Miguel Pena who also kicked in two. Christian Rivera, Elcerio Carlos, Alan Carbajal, Victor Garcia and Emilio Iwabuchi all scored one goal each for the Blackcats in the win.
Tuesday night was a different story as Gatesville loaded up in front of their net to keep the Blackcats from penetrating their defenses all game long.
The Hornets got on the board first at the 34:32 mark, then scored again 10 minutes later to go up 2-0 in the first half of the match.

Fri
13
Feb

Girls hoops playoff dates announced

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The No. 23 ranked Mexia Ladycats ended up with the night off Tuesday after both the boys and girls games with Ferris were canceled.
The Ladycats (21-8) finished as co-champions with No. 13 ranked Madisonville (22-5), with both teams finishing district play with 7-1 records in 18-4A. Mexia advances to the first round of the playoffs as the No. 2 seed from the district, while Madisonville will be the No. 1 seed after coach Randy Barger chose for his team to go in the second spot.
Mexia will face District 17-4A’s third place team, the Waco Connally Lady Cadets (23-11) in a bi-district game at 6 p.m. Monday at Navarro College in Corsicana. No. 13 ranked Madisonville will play District 17-4A’s No. 4 seed team, the Lorena Lady Leopards, Tuesday night (Feb. 17) in a 6 p.m. game at Leon High School.

Fri
13
Feb

Powerlifters take first at Blooming Grove

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Mon
09
Feb

Ladycats at top of district


The Ladycats Soroya Hollie strides towards the basket for a layup against ensuing Groesbeck defenders during Mexia’s 73-26 road win over Groesbeck last Friday night. Mexia awaits the outcome of the Madisonville-Fairfield game tonight to see if they will be tied with the Lady Mustangs for first place in District 18-4A. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Right now, the Mexia Ladycats (21-8, 7-1) are in sole possession of first place in District 18-4A after their 73-26 win over rival Groesbeck last Friday night on the road. The Ladycats will await the outcome of the Madisonville-Fairfield game - at Madisonville’s gym - being played tonight to see if the Lady Mustangs (22-5, 6-1) will be tied with the Ladycats atop the district or see if they can get help from their neighbors in Freestone County (Fairfield Lady Eagles 20-10, 4-3) in knocking off Madisonville.
Either way, Mexia is headed to the playoffs.
During Friday night’s win, Demodesty Williams saw a lot court time (with Taylor Porter out of the lineup) and made the most of it by leading the Ladycats with 13 points.

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