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13
Feb

Powerlifters take first at Blooming Grove

Mexia News Staff Report

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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Mon
09
Feb

Mexia victory over Groesbeck a ‘big boost,’ coach says


Curk Harris grabs a rebound out of the pack, while his Blackcat teammate (Draeshaun Hannah) prepares to help out if needed. Mexia won the road game against Groesbeck last Friday night, 87-43, to move into a second place tie with Palestine in District 18-4A. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Groesbeck Goats surprised No. 21 ranked Mexia early in Friday night’s game with a different look offensively, taking a 7-4 lead early in the first quarter. But once the Blackcats regrouped after a timeout Mexia reversed the contest and went on a 24-0 run and ended up with an 87-43 win to even up their district record at 3-3.
Senior Curk Harris contributed to Mexia’s first quarter success with nine of his 21 points scored during the 24 point run.
Mexia (19-8 overall) continued the scoring roll into the first part of the second quarter, starting the period with nine straight points - in total, the Blackcats run tallied 33 - before Groesbeck finally made a bucket to make the score 37-9.

Mon
09
Feb

Wortham boys, girls, struggle but win out over Cayuga


Elisha Libhart intercepts a pass for the Wortham Lady Bulldogs in their nail-biter, must-win game against Cayuga Friday night at home. After being tied 8-8 after the first, Wortham and Cayuga stayed neck-and-neck till the end. The Lady Bulldogs played to the beat of their fans and came away with the 36-35 win over Cayuga, advancing them to the playoffs. Mexia News photo/Jennifer Lansford

Mexia News Staff Report

Mon
09
Feb

Coolidge girls easily beat Penelope Lady Wolverines

Alejandra Acevedo and Dianna Kirven teammed up to score 19 of Coolidge’s 26 first quarter points to give the No. 10 ranked Lady Yellow Jackets (29-2, 11-0) an early 23 point lead enroute to their 69-23 win over the Penelope Lady Wolverines Friday night at home.
Acevedo’s - scoring 20 points in the game and finishing as the Lady Jackets top scorer on the night - efforts, normally reserved by Kirven and Adrianna Jones, marked the first time she has been the leading scorer in a game for Coolidge this season.
Kirven finished with 18 points, while Jones scored 16.
Coolidge, who clinched the top spot in District 26-1A a while back, will take on the Abbott Panthers Tuesday night on the road at 6 p.m, closing out the regular season.

Mon
09
Feb

Yellow Jackets obliterate Penelope

Deandre Kirven scored 25 and Eddie Rivera flooded Yellow Jacket Gym with seven 3-pointers for 21 points as Coolidge exploded for a 111-45 win over the Penelope Wolverines Friday night at home.
The No. 9 ranked Yellow Jackets dominated the Wolverines in the first half, leading at the break by 41, 69-28. Four other players - besides Kirven and Rivera - scored in double figures for Coolidge. Team leading scorer Ro’derick Calhoun knocked down 18, Delvin Smith added 17, Darion McClendon scored 13 and Manuel Santa Cruz contributed with 12 points in the game.
Coolidge (24-6, 10-0) has two more games left in the regular season before they head into the playoffs as the top seed from District 26-1A.
The Yellow Jackets will be on the road to finish up district play beginning Tuesday night against Abbott and Friday night with Aquilla.

Fri
23
Jan

Packed house sees intense Blackcat win over Goats


Mexia’s Malik Keener goes up for a tough shot over the Goats John O’Kelley during first quarter action of the Blackcats 81-51 win over district rival Groesbeck Tuesday night at home in front of a sold out gym.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Tuesday night’s game between Groesbeck and No. 18 ranked Mexia had all the makings of a big time college basketball game as Black Cat Gym was filled to capacity and then some. Fans from both sides certainly got their money’s worth, especially Mexia as the Blackcats fought off the Goats for their first district win of the season, 81-51.
“I love games like this where the fans from both teams are cheering for the kids,” said coach Tony Leamon. “That’s what basketball’s about. I mean that kind of intensity and atmosphere, that’s what you want. That’s just beautiful and that’s what it’s about.”
Intense indeed as the game was both electrifying and very physical throughout. Both teams banged the boards hard in the early going, matched with a little verbage played in between players as Mexia kept the pressure on in the first quarter, taking a 23-14 lead.

Fri
23
Jan

Ladycats beat Groesbeck


Ladycat Destini Hutchison shoots a mid-range jumper early in the first period of play during Mexia’s big 77-28 win over archrival Groesbeck Tuesday night in front of a packed house at Black Cat Gym. The Ladycats finish the first half of district play undefeated at 4-0. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Ladycats came out and scored big in Tuesday night’s district rival game with the Groesbeck Lady Goats, as they cruised to a 77-28 home win in front of a packed house.
The air was definitely electric inside Black Cats Gym when both of these teams took to the floor. Groesbeck led by four early in the game, get through Mexia’s trapping full court defense, but the Ladycats caught up and surpassed the Lady Goats to end up with a 13-9 lead after the first period.
Mexia came out in the second period to go on an 8-0 run, led by Tee Owens all around game of scoring and dishing out assists on some incredible passes to teammates. Owens got a little help from Demodesty Williams, who hit a pair of three-pointers and a couple of two-point field goals, along with Soroya Hollie who scored six in the quarter to give the Ladycats a 31 point halftime advantage.

Fri
23
Jan

Parent Night


Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

Tuesday night was Parent Night prior to the start of the Mexia Ladycats basketball game with Groesbeck. All players were escorted onto the court by their parents, including outgoing seniors pictured here. On the left is Katilyn Gipson, accompanied by Carolyn Gipson; Taylor Porter, escorted by parents Deborah and Cedric Porter, and Abrian Shaw, with Deon and Bubba Weathers.

Fri
23
Jan

Lady Bulldogs’ rally saves playoff hopes


Elisha Libhart is shown scoring 2 of her 13 points to help the Lady Bulldogs come away with the win over Kerens Tuesday night at home. The final score was Wortham 52, Kerens 48. Mexia News photo/Jennifer Lansford

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With five district games remaining, it is difficult to say the season hinged on a Lady Bulldog win Tuesday over Kerens, but a loss would have devastating to Wortham’s playoff hopes.
A pair of big baskets by Elisha Libhart and clutch free throws from Kendle Rhodes in the final minute was the difference, though, as Wortham topped Kerens 52-48.
Wortham (20-4/4-3) was coming off back-to-back losses for the first time this year, falling to fourth in the district race. In the first half it looked as though the Lady Bulldogs would cruise past Kerens on the hot shooting of Kamarie Freeman and the team’s 29 rebounds.

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