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Wed
29
Jan

Late surge not enough to get Ladycats past Fairfield


Ladycat Bre Stoner puts the ball up during the team’s game against Fairfield Jan. 10. She led scoring for Mexia in the teams’ second meet-up Tuesday with 13 points. Mexia News file photo

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

Coaches and players like wins, not moral victories, but the Ladycats’ dominant second half against visiting Fairfield Tuesday certainly counts as the latter despite falling 55-47.

“The second half was a great confidence builder for us,” said assistant coach Carlos Daniels. “Fairfield has been holding its opponents to 26 points per game this year.”

The 12th-ranked Lady Eagles (21-6) won on a dominant second quarter, but the frantic pace of the second half masked the fact the visitors entered the half with a 19-point lead.

Fairfield held the lead through the opening quarter, opening up a 13-7 advantage on a pair of free throws early in the second, but back-to-back three pointers by Brianna Forge tied the game. From there, Mexia went cold from the floor and Fairfield put together a 12-0 run and outscored the Ladycats 24-5 through the rest of the quarter for the big halftime lead.

Wed
29
Jan

Mexia avenges loss at Fairfield with 20-point win


Mexia’s Tyrik Ray checks a Fairfield player when the teams met earlier this month. The second time was the charm for the Blackcats, who avenged their 45-52 loss to Fairfield Jan. 10 with a 76-56 victory Tuesday night. Mexia News file photo

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

The Blackcats had been waiting since Jan. 10 for another shot at Fairfield, and Mexia made sure to make the most of the opportunity with a dominant 76-56 win over the 19th-ranked Eagles.

“All the credit for this win goes to our kids,” said coach Tony Leamon. “They executed the game plan, fought the fatigue and the fouls and they made big shots. Beating a team like that shows what we can do when we are ready to play.”

The physical play and pressure defense of both teams put its stamp on the game early and Mexia was forced to adjust its rotations after Ike Jones drew a pair of fouls in the first two minutes, then Tyrik Ray drew a pair as well off the bench before the game was four minutes old.

There were 45 fouls called in the game and 50 free throw attempts between the two teams.

To read more, pick up a copy of Thursday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Mon
27
Jan

Bulldogs now 5-0 in district play

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Wortham Bulldogs remain undefeated in District 18-1A after holding on to a 54-49 win over the Hubbard Jaguars.

The Bulldogs were down by two after the first quarter of play, 14-12, but turned on the jets in the second to overcome the deficit to end up taking a 30-19 lead at the half.

Hubbard came right back in the third, outscoring Wortham 18-10 and closed out the quarter only down by three, 40-37. The Bulldogs held out to the end with 14 points in the fourth to the Jaguars 12.

To read more, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Mon
27
Jan

Wortham defeats Lady Jaguars

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

On the road, the Wortham Lady Bulldogs knocked off their host, Division I-1A No. 4 ranked Hubbard Lady Jaguars with a four-point win, 46-42, on Friday evening.

Wortham was only down by one at the half, 25-24, and tied it up at the end of the third, 32-32.

The Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Jaguars in the fourth, 14-10.

To read more, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Mon
27
Jan

Garcia leads way in soccer

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Raul Garcia continues to be on fire for the Mexia Blackcats soccer team, leading them to their third straight win with the latest a 4-1 defeat over the Robinson Rockets.

Garcia scored a pair of goals in the match, with teammates Emilio Iwabuchi and Antonio Puch adding one each.

Garcia, who is only a sophomore playing at forward, has scored a total of eight goals during the three-match win streak, which included a 30-yard strike that the opposing Gatesville goaltender couldn’t even stop during the Blackcats win last Tuesday.

To read more, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Fri
24
Jan

Blackcats back on track since loss to Eagles


La’Dhareus Freeman(4) going up for 2 of his 24 points of the night to help lead the Wortham Bulldogs in the win over Cross Roads Tuesday night at home. This win gives the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead in district play. Mexia News photo/Jennifer Lansford

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
When Mexia (18-4) traveled to Fairfield and opened district play with a seven-point loss, coach Tony Leamon seized the opportunity to make sure the bad taste left from the defeat made an impact on his team.

“We came out of Christmas and we were really flat and didn’t have that same intensity we had before Christmas,” Leamon said. “I think the Fairfield game woke us up and we realized we had to go back to work. Even though it wasn’t fun losing to Fairfield and we didn’t like it at all, it could have been a blessing in disguise because it woke us back up.”

Since that loss, Mexia has won three straight games by 33, 47 and 48 points respectively, averaging a blistering 88 points per victory.

Senior guard Kaylon Watson didn’t offer any magic formula for beating Fairfield Tuesday when the Eagles visit Mexia.

Fri
24
Jan

Ladycats ready for rematch with Fairfield Lady Eagles

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

Push. That’s been the consistent message from Ladycats basketball coach Randy Barger to his team since their loss at Fairfield.

“By the time that game was over with I knew we had to get back to doing what we do,” Barger said. “Our kids were a little hesitant. They didn’t know if they could play with them or if they could run with them.”

Fast forward past three dominant district victories and Mexia is 4-1 in district play, fresh off a victory over rival Groesbeck and staring down a much-anticipated rematch Tuesday with the Lady Eagles.

“When you get beat like we got beat over there, you want to play them again the next day,” Barger said of the 62-33 loss.

To read more, pick up a copy of Saturday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Wed
22
Jan

Ladycats sweep season series with Groesbeck


Ladycats Head Coach Randy Barger (right) feels the team is getting back on track and headed in the right direction as Mexia improved to 4-1 in district play after their wins over the Rusk Lady Eagles Friday night and Groesbeck Tuesday. Mexia News file photo

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

The first 37 points looked easy; the last 37, not so much.

The Mexia girls went to Groesbeck and won 74-58, but it took a determined second-half effort to hold on for the road win.

“This was Groesbeck in their gym,” said Mexia coach Randy Barger. “It looks so easy when you get a big lead, but we made some bad passes and bad decisions and they were able to get into their offense.”

Despite the 16-point win for Mexia, the Lady Goats kept the pressure on, scoring the first 11 points of the third quarter to climb to within four.

To read more, pick up a copy of Thursday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Wed
22
Jan

20th-ranked Blackcats top century mark in Groesbeck

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

There was much fanfare and excitement in Groesbeck prior to Tuesday’s rivalry game against Mexia, but from the tip it was all Blackcats as they rolled to a 105-57 victory.

Mexia – ranked 20th in the latest statewide 3A poll – has won three straight by an average of 43 points.

“We have gained our intensity back,” said Mexia coach Tony Leamon. “The Fairfield loss woke us up and the kids have done a great job in practice since then working hard in practice and working extra on their shooting.”

The Blackcats were firing on all cylinders, driving to the basket and drawing fouls, finding the open man under the basket or just spotting up for a long three-pointer and knocking it down. Mexia held a modest 23-15 lead after the first quarter, but exploded for 37 in the second for a 60-26 halftime advantage.

To read more, pick up a copy of Thursday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Mon
20
Jan

Soto sets meet records

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Saturday was a record-setting day for Mexia powerlifter Noemi Soto as she set three meet records at the Bosqueville event.

Soto, who was in the 198 Class last year dropped down to the 181 Class this season, won her weight class with a total of 1,000 lbs. lifted. The records that dropped were in the Squat (450 lbs.), Deadlift (370 lbs.) and total pounds lifted.

This was also the first meet of the year for Mexia, so naturally there were a few butterflies going in but overall, Coach Kent Richey was proud of the way the Blackcat squad competed and helped each other out.

“She (Soto) did a good job,” said Coach Kent Richey. “I’m proud of all our kids. They did a great job today, competed well and they represented Mexia High School well.”

To read more, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

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