Sports

Mon
08
Dec

Girls take bronze at Fairfield Tournament


Tee Owens, in back, dishes the ball off to teammate Brianna Forge, front, during game action against the Buffalo Lady Bisons Saturday afternoon in the Bronze Bracket championship game. Mexia won the game and took home the championship trophy at the Fairfield Girl’s Basketball Tournament held last Thursday-Saturday. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
It may not have been the bracket they wanted to play in after suffering a pool play loss on Thursday to Crockett, but just the same, the 17th state-ranked Mexia Ladycats (7-2) came out champions this past weekend in the Fairfield Girl’s Invitational Basketball Tournament. Mexia defeated the Buffalo Lady Bisons, 63-49, in the Bronze bracket championship game Saturday afternoon.
The Ladycats led 59-34 at the end of the third period and gained some momentum early in the fourth period to cut into Mexia’s lead, thanks in part to the Lady Bisons point guard, Jordan Jenkins.
That prompted coach Randy Barger to put his starters back in the game to end Buffalo’s stance of trying to make a comeback.

Mon
08
Dec

Ref’s call snatches championship away in Lorena tourney

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
With only a couple of seconds left on the clock, Mexia (ranked 12th in the state basketball polls) hit a basket to win the championship game of the Lorena Tournament Saturday afternoon against the Waco Lions, 81-80, or so it seemed according to Blackcats head coach, Tony Leamon.
Apparently, Waco had called a timeout right before the play, but the official didn’t indicate one was called until after the shot had been made. Mexia ended up having to inbound the ball again only this time the final shot missed the mark and Waco snuck away with the championship trophy.
“It was a fun game,” said Leamon. “The kids played really, really hard and did the things we asked them to do. They played together, competed, played defense and we came up one point short. It happens sometimes.”

Wed
03
Dec

Wortham girls still undefeated

Mexia News Staff Report

The Class 2A No. 23 ranked Wortham Lady Bulldogs defeated the Mart Lady Panthers Tuesday night, 61-49, to move to 4-0 on the season.
Wortham was led by Kameron Rhodes 20 points and Elisha Libhart’s 18 in the win. Also scoring for the Lady Bulldogs were Kamarie Freeman (9), Courtney Chasteen (6), Kirsten Chambers (4), Kate Vogel (3) and Brooke Salisbury (1).

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
03
Dec

Coolidge girls break state’s Top 10, defeat Oakwood

Mexia News Staff Report

Heading into Tuesday night’s game against the Oakwood Lady Panthers on the road, Coolidge coach Bobby Smith was totally unaware that his Lady Yellow Jackets team had sprinted into the top 10 rankings of the Texas Girls Coaches Association Basketball Polls.
His reaction was that of total surprise. “Really!?!” He replied after the game. “Wow!”
Smith really shouldn’t be too surprised, especially with the Lady Yellow Jackets winning their seventh game of the season to remain undefeated after beating Oakwood, 71-32.
Coolidge’s Dianna Kirven had a nice game against the Panthers, scoring 32 points overall, followed by Adrianna Jones 14 and Taysia Kirven’s 10.

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
03
Dec

Blackcats defeat eighth-ranked La Vega Pirates


Shemar High (25) had a monstrous game inside for the Mexia Blackcats Tuesday night in their home win over the No. 8 ranked Waco La Vega Pirates. High scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help the Blackcats win their third straight game of the year. Mexia News photo/ Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Curk Harris was a man on a mission Tuesday night for Mexia. Harris scored 26 points and grabbed a team high 11 rebounds and five assists to lead the No. 24 ranked Blackcats to a 72-64 win over the No. 8 ranked Waco La Vega Pirates at home.
Mexia sprinted out to a 24-8 lead in the first quarter, with Harris scoring nine of the team’s points.
With the momentum clearly in favor of the Blackcats, the game resembled what could have easily been a blowout win, but starting the second quarter, coach Tony Leamon slowed down the tempo of the game, which seemingly allowed the Pirates to creep back in.
Mexia maintained their lead at the half, but La Vega outscored the Blackcats in the second period of play, 20-18, to make it 42-28 in favor of the home team at the half.

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
03
Dec

Ladycats clobber Kerens


Kiki Keith drives around a Kerens defender during the first quarter of play between Class 4A’s No. 13 ranked Ladycats and Class 2A’s No. 17 ranked Lady Bobcats Tuesday night. Mexia won the game by 20, 71-51. Mexia News photos by Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Class 2A’s No. 17 ranked Kerens Lady Bobcats returned to Mexia Tuesday night, seeking to repeat last year’s win over Class 4A’s No. 13 ranked Ladycats, but that would not be the case as the crimson and black dominated the court in their 71-51 win.
The past couple of meetings between the Mexia Ladycats and Kerens Lady Bobcats have resulted in each team splitting home court wins. During Mexia’s state championship run in 2013, the Lady Bobcats were in the rankings of the state polls, but the Ladycats ended up with a 61-52 win at home.
Last season, Kerens repaid the Ladycats by taking an 81-39 blowout win on their home court.

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Mon
01
Dec

Lady Jackets, Yellow Jackets obliterate Oakwood


Coolidge’s Dianna Kirven goes up for a tough shot under the basket during the Lady Yellow Jackets game against the Miller Grove Lady Hornets this past Saturday in Trinidad. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Dianna Kirven scored 21 points in the first half of Tuesday night’s game to lead the Coolidge Lady Yellowjackets to a 66-23 win over the Oakwood Lady Panthers.
Dianna ended up with a game high 27 and also did an outstanding job on defense, making steals and dishing out assists to teammates. Adrianna Jones and Taysia Kirven were the only other Lady Yellowjackets to hit double-digits in scoring. Jones had 14, while Taysia finished with 11.
Maria Ortiz, at 5’ 1”, wasn’t afraid to drive the lane, scoring eight points in the process for Coolidge.
Monica Pedroza saw a little playing time towards the end of the game. Pedroza scored her only basket of the game towards the end, which made the Coolidge home crowd bust out in a thunderous cheer for her effort.

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Mon
01
Dec

Endurance key to Ladycats come-from-behind win vs. Lions


Brianna Forge (Mexia) tries to work out of a jam against Waco defenders during their non-district game last Tuesday in Waco. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Patience and perseverance, that’s what the Ladycats had to endure in their come from behind 57-42 win Tuesday afternoon against the Waco Lady Lions on the road.
Mexia got hit with two technicals in the first half of play and were down 24-20 at halftime. With Waco still ahead early in the third quarter, the Ladycats Tee Owens took control of the ball to help turn the tied in their favor. After making a clean steal and taking it to the basket at the other end for the layup and drawing a foul, Mexia ended up tied with the Lady Lions at 27-27.
After Waco moved ahead by one after making a free throw, Owens hit a long range three-point shot that gave Mexia a 30-28 lead with 4:05 to play in the quarter.
Both teams traded a couple of baskets here and there and eventually the score was tied again at 37-37.

Mon
24
Nov

Lady Dawgs bury Goats


Wortham'sCourtney Chasteen puts up the shot for the Lady Bulldogs during their game against Groesbeck held Nov. 21.  Mexia News photo/Jennifer Lansford

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Wortham Lady Bulldogs improved to 2-0 on the young season as they demolished the Groesbeck Lady Goats, 63-39, at home last Friday night.
Wortham sprinted to a 17-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, led by Courtney Chasteen's six-points, along with Elisha Libhart and Kamarie Freeman scoring four each. The Lady Bulldogs extended their lead to 31-15 by the half.
With a 41-23 advantage going into the fourth quarter, the Lady Goats tried to climb back into the game by scoring 16-points in the period, but Wortham threw in 22 to finish out the win.
Libhart was the top scorer in the game with 16, followed by Chasteen with 15 and Freeman was the only other Lady Bulldog in double figures with 11.

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Mon
17
Nov

Blackcats season ends at bi-district


Mexia team captains Decovan Echols (20), Ricky Reyes (78), Demitri Freeman (77) and Jaylen Gipson (7) prepare to walk to the center of the field for the coin flip prior to the start of the Blackcats bi-district playoff game against the Cleveland-Tarkington Longhorns this past Saturday night at Merrill Green Stadium in Bryan. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Maybe it was the rain or the cold temperature, but either way, the Mexia Blackcats playoff run came to a quick ending last Saturday night, thanks in part to the Cleveland-Tarkington Longhorns, who ended up winning the bi-district matchup, 27-24.
The Blackcats came out fired up and drove down to the Longhorns six-yard line before Draeshaun Hanna slipped out to the nearside and scored the game's first touchdown to give Mexia a 7-0 lead.
The Longhorns answered back when quarterback Hunter Johnson slid along the back of his offensive line and sprinted to the outside to score a 36-yard touchdown and Cleveland tied the game at seven.
Both teams entered the second quarter tied at seven and that's when Johnson worked his magic on the Mexia defense twice more on runs of eight and 68 to give the Longhorns a 20-7 advantage with 6:17 to play in the first half.

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