Sports

Thu
29
Dec

Teague reaches 100 against Gladewater

Mexia News Staff Report

 

After coming close to breaking the century mark in scoring against Elkhart in the Teague Lions district opener last week, the team finally did it Wednesday evening at the Paris Tournament against Gladewater.

The final score, Teague 100, Gladewater 33.

The Lions jumped out to a 23-4 lead after the first period came to a close. Keyshawn Rice and A.J. Weathers combined for four long-range bombs from beyond the arc. Rice – finishing the game with 15 points – scored 10 in the period, while Weathers had eight points.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
28
Dec

Wortham Bulldogs start off 2-0 at Itasca Varsity Tournament

Mexia News Staff Report

 

The Wortham Bulldogs are off to a 2-0 start as of Tuesday in the Itasca Varsity Basketball Tournament after defeating the Italy Gladiators and the Valley Mills Eagles in the opening round.

Wortham stood toe-to-toe with the Gladiators in the first game and held a one-point lead going into the half, 20-19. The Bulldogs got scoring from four different players in the second quarter, two buckets from Ryan Mao and one each from Boone Crider, Jayce Black and Ryan McDaniel to get the team on top.

In the third, both Zach Jones and Von’Tray Cooper hit three-point shots to help extend the Bulldog lead to three by the close of the period.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
28
Dec

Ladycats win open rounds at Aggieland Invitational

Mexia News Staff Report 

 

So far it has been a great trip to Bryan-College Station this week for the Mexia Ladycats.

Mexia is playing in the Aggieland Invitational basketball tournament in the Division II bracket, winning their two opening round games against Life Oak, 64-55, and Thrall, 52-20.

The Ladycats bolted out to a 31-24 lead by halftime against Life Oak.

Both teams played it close in the third, but Mexia managed to go up by eight at the close, 47-39.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
26
Dec

Mexia Ladycats (9-4) relies on speed, quickness, athleticism

By Stephen R. Farris

Mexia News Sports

 

Speed and quickness has been the key for early success so far this season for the Mexia Ladycats (9-4), who have won their past two games against Teague and Wharton.

The Ladycats are without Na’Teshia “Tee” Owens, the team’s leading scorer for the past four seasons.

Mexia relies more this year with trapping, full-court pressure and good defensive rotation to keep opponents at bay, while on the offensive end the scoring is often-times spread out among several different players.

Soroya Hollie is the lone senior on the team this year.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
26
Dec

Mexia Blackcats (11-5) will need strong defense, steady shooting

By Stephen R. Farris

Mexia News Sports

 

District play will begin soon for teams in District 18-4A as tournament play wraps up this week.

The Mexia Blackcats (11-5) have won their last two ball games against Caldwell (71-42) and Taylor (71-53) as they begin play at the Gatesville Tournament this week.

Mexia finished 21-10 last season and shared the district crown with the Madisonville Mustangs, both finishing 2015-16 with 6-2 conference records. The Blackcats went into the playoffs with the No. 2 seed and made it to the second round of the playoffs before falling to Tatum in a close game in Rusk, 64-61.

Mexia lost a host of seniors to graduation from last year’s squad and are playing under their third head coach in the last three seasons, with Andre LaTouche taking the helm this season.

Wed
21
Dec

Wortham Bulldogs capture first district win over Hubbard

Mexia News Staff Report

 

The Wortham Bulldogs used a balanced offensive attack to capture their first district win Tuesday evening against the Hubbard Jaguars on the road, 56-38.

The Bulldogs were down at the end of the first period, 9-5, however, the tables turned in the second when Wortham exploded for 21 points, most of which came from the foul line.

Leading 26-16 coming out of the half, the pace of the game slowed a little offensively with both teams scoring less than 10 points each in the period, although the Bulldogs added another point to their 10-point lead, making the score 35-24 going into the fourth.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
21
Dec

Teague returns with 92 points against Elkhart Elks

Mexia News Staff Report

 

The Teague Lions showed their bounce back ability on the court Tuesday night as they annilated the Elkhart Elks, 92-44, on the road as district play began.

Teague ran away with a big first period, taking a 28-8 lead, then hit the 20 mark in the second to go up by 30 at the half.

The Lions kept the metal to the pedal in the third, scoring 26 points and holding Elkhart to 14 and expanding their lead to 42.

Leading 74-32 heading into the fourth, coach Dexter Patrick gave his bench a little more playing time as they help finish off the Elks in the 48-point win.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
21
Dec

Mexia goes toe-to-toe with Taylor before blast

Mexia News Staff Report

 

After a brutal first half of play, the Mexia Blackcats blasted their way in the second half to a 71-53 home win against the Taylor Ducks, in a rare early afternoon game on Monday.

Mexia fired on all cylinders in the opening period, led by Shemar High’s six points and teammate Davion Carter’s five.

At the close of the first period, the Blackcats were clearly in control with a 22-3 lead.

The second period was just the opposite, as Taylor began connecting on baskets and outscoring Mexia 23-9 to cut their 19-point deficit down to five by the half.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
19
Dec

Wortham Lady Bulldogs shut out over the weekend

Mexia News Staff Report

 

The Wortham Lady Bulldogs fell to both Axtell and Mart over the course of last week.

Wortham played Axtell on the road Tuesday, falling to the Lady Longhorns, 51-17. 

The Lady Bulldogs Hallie Fautt led the team with 13 points, while Skylar Phillips dished in four.

On Saturday, they played Mart at home with the Lady Panthers coming out on top, 58-24.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
19
Dec

Ladycats take Wharton from behind for upset win

By Stephen R. Farris

Mexia News Sports

 

After being off court for the past nine days, the Mexia Ladycats were feisty as ever and playing step-for-step with the 13-5 Wharton Lady Tigers Friday, rallying in the fourth period to take a come from behind 50-46 win at home.

Wharton - with the taller lineup - went up top 8-0 early in the first period before Mexia got on the board and made it close by the end of the quarter, but the Lady Tigers led 15-12. Aniyah Jelks six points in the period and the Ladycats relentless defensive pressure helped to keep Mexia within three.

Wharton continued to keep the advantage, going into the half leading 27-20. Destini Hutchison scored five in the second period, including a key three-point bucket late in the quarter for Mexia as the team stayed within striking distance.

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