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Mon
13
Jan

Ladycats, Blackcats both fall to Fairfield Friday


Danny Huckaby works through defenders to put the ball up in the Blackcats game against Fairfield Friday night. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

What happens in Fairfield stays in Fairfield.

That’s probably the thinking of both the Blackcats and Lady Cats coaching staffs at this moment as both squads dropped games this past Friday night in Eagle Country.

The Ladycats scratched and clawed all game long, but the shots just wouldn’t fall as Fairfield dictated the scoring for a 62-33 win at home.

The Lady Eagles came out on fire to start the game, scoring three quick baskets to take a 6-0 lead.

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

Mon
06
Jan

Blackcats face Mabank, Athens

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

After whipping up on Mabank at the Fairfield Invitational in December, the No. 18 ranked Mexia Blackcats had their hands full this time on their home court, barely coming away with a 10-point win, 47-37.

Mexia led at the half, 25-18, but Mabank outscored the Blackcats in the third period, 14-9, to cut their seven-point deficit down to two, 34-32.

The Blackcats bounced back in the final period to hold on for the win.

Danny Huckaby and Curk Harris were the only Mexia players to score in double figures. Huckaby finished the rare day game with 12 points, while Harris dished in 11.

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

Mon
06
Jan

Girls outlast Groesbeck in district opener

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

The old saying goes, “the best offense is a good defense.” If the phrase has ever been true it was Friday night when the Ladycats held off Groesbeck in their district opener for 45-41 victory.

Mexia coach Randy Barger admitted the offense was not there Friday, and the team would have to improve on its free throw shooting down the stretch, but he was pleased with his team.

“We’re a defensive team and that’s where we’re going to have success,” he said. “This may be one of the most important games for us. They are improving and our mentality was we couldn’t lose this game.”

They couldn’t and they didn’t, making up for offensive struggles by keeping the pressure on all night by forcing more turnovers – 42 – than points allowed and keeping pace on the boards against the much taller Groesbeck squad. Mexia was out-rebounded 33 to 26, but it was enough to keep the edge.

Mon
06
Jan

Numerous Blackcats named to All-District football team

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The 2013 19-3A All-District football team has been released, which includes 19 players from Mexia that made it on the list.

It’s no surprise that state runner-up Fairfield dominated the all-district team in the superlatives category, as well as most of the rest of the list.

Coach of the Year went to John Bachtel and his staff. District Most Valuable Player went to Larry Rose of Fairfield, while teammates Jacob Gallegos and Jeremiah Simpson took Offensive MVP and Defensive MVP honors respectively.

The Blackcats freshman quarterback Jaylon Gipson was named the district’s Newcomer of the Year.

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

Fri
03
Jan

Blackcats win two, lose two at Whataburger Tourney


Trey Barstow hits a jumper during game action against Alvarado at the Whataburger Basketball Tournament held last weekend in Fort Worth. Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Blackcats collected a little sweet revenge in their final game of the 2013 Whataburger Basketball Tournament last Saturday.

Although Mexia fell short in their bid to overtake the Alvarado Indians on the gridiron this past football season, the Blackcats ended up defeating them on the hardwood pretty handily, 66-55.

The Indians came out raining down three-pointers at the start to go up 9-3, but Mexia’s steady defense halted that flood and the offense, led by Trey Barstow’s six points and Ike Jones five, helped put the game back into perspective as the Blackcats moved on top by the close of the quarter, 20-16.

Mexia led at the half, 34-27.

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

Mon
23
Dec

Blackcats roll over Corsicana to take 12th win


Damian Matthews hits a jumper over the Tigers Danair Martin in early game action of Mexia’s 70-63 win over Class 4A Corsicana. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Moments into the fourth period, down by four, the intensity and fire that has spurred this Mexia team through 11 straight wins this season began to show with full force as the Blackcats used their intimidating full court pressure to shut down the Corsicana Tigers, outscoring the Bengals 23-12 to record win number 12, 70-63, at home.

Coach Tony Leamon knew beforehand that last Friday night’s game with the Tigers was going to be a challenge for his team. Both No. 18 Mexia and Corsicana have developed a small rivalry that dates back to last spring and summer when the two would meet in off-season competition and according to Leamon, those games would often end up with less than a five-point difference in either direction.

Fri
20
Dec

Blackcats, now state ranked, play next at Whataburger tourney


Mexia’s OJ McClenon goes up for a tough basket during second half play of the Blackcats 75-33 win over the Mabank Panthers in first round play of the Fairfield Invitational Basketball Tournament that started Thursday morning. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The No. 18 Mexia Blackcats will join 47 other teams at the 56th Annual Whataburger Basketball Tournament being held Dec. 26-28 in Fort Worth.

Since 1958, the tournament has become a tradition here in Texas and not only attracts teams from all over the state, but teams from across the country.

In 1984, Whataburger became the title sponsor in what has become, according to Sports Illustrated and USA Today, one of the nation’s top five holiday high school tournaments.

The tournament will host three brackets, Orange, Blue Boys and Blue Girls.

The Orange bracket will include teams from Texas, Kentucky and Arkansas, while the Blue Girls bracket will be made up of teams here in the state.

Wed
18
Dec

Blackcats withstand test from Madisonville


The Blackcats Shawn Hobbs drives hard through the paint between three Panther defenders Thursday morning as Mexia picked up a first round win, 75-33, at the Fairfield Invitational Basketball Tournament. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

Mexia coach Tony Leamon was not happy with his team’s play at home against Madisonville, but the sting of an off night for the Blackcats was lessened with a 70-63 win.

The victory helped the Blackcats (11-0) remain undefeated after coming in at number 18 this week in the 3A state rankings.

The ability of his team to pull together and hold on for the win was certainly a silver lining.

“You can’t play every game well, but our kids found a way to win in crunch time,” Leamon said. “We found a way to be successful and compete in a ball game we did not play our best.”

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

Mon
16
Dec

Ladycats lose one, win one

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

It was another tough outing for the Mexia Ladycats as they fell victim to the undefeated Melissa Cardinals Thursday afternoon at the Fairfield Invitational Basketball Tournament, 79-37.

The Ladycats shots didn’t seem to want to fall in and the rebounds went straight into the hands of Melissa defenders nearly every time throughout the game.

Mexia turnovers, coupled by the Cardinals fastbreak opportunities were the key factors in the loss.

Mexia was down at the half, 46-18, but came out of the locker room scoring a quick basket to hit the 20 point mark, but then the drought surfaced again until Taylor Porter put together back-to-back scores with 2:14 left in the third period, followed by Brianna Forge’s assist to Akasha Anderson a minute later. Forge added a three-pointer at the close of the period, but Melissa still held on to a 61-29 lead.

Mon
16
Dec

Blackcats take Mabank, go on to win Fairfield Invitational

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Damian Matthews scored five points and Danny Huckaby added four to help the Mexia Blackcats charge out on top in the first period of play against the Mabank Panthers in route to their 75-33 round one win at the Fairfield Invitational Basketball Tournament on Thursday.

Mexia jumped out to a 46-18 halftime lead and could have easily hit the century mark, but Coach Tony Leamon slowed the tempo somewhat in the third period, giving his bench a chance for more minutes of playing time.

The Blackcats still managed to outscore Mabank 29-15 in the second half and all 12 Mexia players scored in the game.

“We got a lot of things to work on,” said Leamon afterwards. “We just try to get better each day and each week … it’s still early in the year. The kids are working hard and as long as they’re working hard it’s going to be good at the end of the day.”

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