Sports

Wed
17
Dec

Girls state poll good news here

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The last Texas Girls Coaches Association Basketball Poll for 2014 was released on Dec. 15, with good news for several local teams.
There were a couple of surprise moves for Limestone County teams as the Coolidge Lady Jackets moved into the top 10 at No. 5 in the Class 1A poll. Coolidge (13-0) was not listed in last week’s poll, but winning the Dawson Tournament over the weekend, plus being undefeated, may have helped with their ranking this week.
The Wortham Lady Bulldogs (ranked No. 19 the week of Dec. 8) made one huge jump in the Class 2A poll to No. 5 after beating (then) No. 11 state-ranked Frost Lady Polar Bears (ranked No. 9 this week as they moved up two spots) in the championship game of the Frost Tournament last weekend.

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Wed
17
Dec

Blackcats set tempo, keep focus in tough game


Mexia’s Shamar High takes a tough shot in the paint as a Corsicana defender tries to knock the ball away during the Blackcats loss to the Tigers on the road Tuesday night, 59-54. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
While it may go down as a, 59-54, loss for the No. 11 state-ranked Mexia Blackcats, their game Tuesday night with the Corsicana Tigers on the road was filled with a lot of small victories.
In the last meeting between these two teams (Fairfield Tournament), Corsicana clearly dominated the flow of the game in their 64-49, win, but that wasn’t the case this time around as Mexia set the tempo early.
The Blackcats slowed the ball down on offense, setting up more plays for their post players and kicked the ball out when a shot wasn’t available. This played to their advantage, giving the outside shooters opportunities to get good looks at the basket instead of rushing their shots.

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Mon
15
Dec

Owens leads Ladycats to Gatesville wins

Mexia News Staff Report

The Mexia Ladycats played in a round robin tournament at Gatesville over the weekend, finishing 4-1 as Tee Owens ended up being named the tournament’s MVP.
Owens averaged 23-points per game in the tournament, scoring 23 against Marlin, 26 against McGregor and 25 in Mexia’s games with Crawford and Gatesville.
On Thursday, Mexia held on to beat McGregor, 63-51. The Ladycats sprinted out to a, 19-14, lead as Owens poured in nine points, including a three-pointer. Owens continued her scoring binge with 10 in the second period, while Katilyn Gipson added five and Shiama Smith scored four to give Mexia a, 42-30, lead at the half.
The tempo slowed in the third period. McGregor outscored Mexia, 11-6, to cut the Ladycats lead down to seven, 48-41. Owens scored five points in the fourth, while Soroya Hollie and Forge punched in three each in helping Mexia secure the 11-point win.

Mon
15
Dec

Blackcat basketball team goes 2 for 3 in Fairfield tourney

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
“That team’s good and we knew it coming in,” said coach Tony Leamon, in the Blackcats opening game against the Whitesboro Bearkats at the Fairfield Boy’s Tournament this past weekend. “They’re ranked No. 15 in 3A for a reason.”
No. 11 state-ranked Mexia (8-2 and ranked No. 12 in Class 4A going in) faced tough competition right off the bat, but ended up walking away with a, 79-70, win over the Class 3A No. 15 state-ranked Whitesboro BearKats Thursday evening.
The Blackcats held a slim, one-point lead going into the half, 38-37, and it remained that way at the start of the first period after both teams seemed to trade baskets throughout the third quarter.

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Fri
12
Dec

Yellowjacket players named to all-district first team

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Coolidge Yellowjackets had four players make the District 14-1A all-district football first team that was recently released, with two of those added to the first team defense as well.
First teamers for Coolidge were kicker Eddie Rivera, running back Deandre Kirvin, tight-end Manuel Santa Cruz and utility player, Delvin Smith. Smith was also selected as the utility player for the first team defense as did Kirven at linebacker.
Second team offense selections from Coolidge included Rivera at quarterback, Tony Herrera SC and Wanya Jones at wide receiver. Second team defensive players from Coolidge were Santa Cruz as defensive lineman and Rivera at punter.

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).

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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.

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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.

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