Sports

Mon
05
Jan

‘Cats now ranked 11th

Mexia News Staff Report

The No. 11 ranked Blackcats finished the Whataburger Basketball Tournament, held this past week in Fort Worth, with a 2-2 mark after falling to Class 3A, No. 11 ranked Peaster in the finale game on Wednesday, 60-54.
Mexia was down by only two at the half, 28-26, with Curk Harris hitting a couple of three-pointers to help keep the Blackcats close. Mexia was 6-7 from the free throw line in the second period, while Peaster hit 2-4.
In the third period, Peaster ended up outscoring the Blackcats 21-13 to take a ten point lead heading into the fourth. Tyrik Ray hit three of his four game totally three-pointers in the third period and scored 10 of the Blackcats 13 points in the third period. Mexia tried to catch up, outscoring Peaster 15-11 in the quarter, with Harris and Draeshaun Hanna knocking down six each, but it ended up not being quite enough as the Blackcats fell to the Class 3A team by six.

Mon
05
Jan

Yellow Jackets beat Ghoulson at home


The Yellow Jackets Darion McClendon reaches out to snag a long rebound in Coolidge's first district game of the year against the Ghoulson Wildcats Friday night at home. McClendon ended up with nine-points and a ton of rebounds. He also picked up four charges in the game with his solid defensive play. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
There's three parts in a high school basketball season, according to Coolidge head basketball coach Bryan Jones, as he told his team prior to the start of their district game with the Ghoulson Wildcats.
"There's the pre-season, district play and the playoffs," he explained. "Today begins our second season."
Indeed it did as the Yellow Jackets started off district play with a 69-51 win over Ghoulson at home, only their fourth home game of the year so far.
The first two quarters of the game were more of a defensive struggle for both teams, as Coolidge worked more towards their inside game rather than relying on shots from the perimeter to take a 34-25 lead at the half.
Darion McClendon played a big part in the Yellow Jackets defense, posting up a total of four times when a Ghoulson player tried to drive the lane and drawing four charges to put the ball back into Coolidge's hands.

Mon
29
Dec

Area teams hit tournament circuit one last time before district play begins


Mexia’s Curk Harris is the lone returning starter from last season’s team that competed in the 56th annual Whataburger Basketball Tournament. For the 57th, Harris and fellow teammates Tyrik Ray (both of which have been named Players to Watch), Matron Gerald, Shemar High and Deandray Williams, along with their fast bench will look to knock off other state-ranked teams to bring home the championship trophy. Play began Monday when the Blackcats take on Burkburnett at Chisholm Trail high school in Fort Worth. The Blackcats are currently ranked No. 11 in Class 4A. Mexia News file photo

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
At least seven of the eight area high school basketball teams (boys and girls) began competition in tournament play starting Monday, Dec. 29.
The No. 11 ranked Class 4A Mexia Blackcats are back at the Whataburger Basketball Tournament, featuring some of the top-ranked teams in the state and from different parts of the country as well.
Mexia began play Monday in a 1 p.m. game at Chisholm Trail High School against Burkburnett in the Blue Boys Division. All winners of Monday's games will advance to the championship bracket, with games beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Teams that lose their opening game will advance to the consolation bracket with play starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
This marks the second straight year Mexia has played in the WBT, which began in 1958. The Blackcats finished 2-2 in last year's tournament.

Mon
22
Dec

Ladycats fall to Robinson

The No. 21 state-ranked Mexia Ladycats fell to 10-5 on the season after falling to the Robinson Rockettes Friday, 83-46.
Robinson teams ended up taking wins in sub-varsity games as well, 46-30, and 45-27.
Mexia's varsity girls will get a breather this week for the Christmas holidays, but will head back to the court on Monday, Dec. 29, when they take part in the Brazos Valley McDonald's Varsity Tournament in Bryan. The tournament will run through Wednesday, Dec. 31.
We'll have the full tournament bracket available in an upcoming edition.

Mon
22
Dec

Bench crucial to Blackcats' defeat of Sandies


Reserve guard Jaroan Tatum dribbles the ball out after grabbing a rebound for the No. 11 ranked Blackcats during their, 79-60, win over the Grapeland Sandies last Friday night in front of the home crowd. Tatum played solid defense in the game for Mexia, while teaming up with his brother, Karoan, in guiding the ball offensively while on the court for the Blackcats. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
For the second game in a row, the No. 11 ranked Mexia Blackcats bench has played a huge role, this time helping the team to a 13 point, 79-60, win over the Grapeland Sandies last Friday night at home.
At 5-8, reserve guard Koroan Tatum showed the Sandies he wasn't shy about taking the ball to the basket, scoring eight points and pulling down a couple of boards. Tatum's twin brother, Jaroan (5-6), showed the same tenasity, scoring two points, grabbing three boards - two from the offensive end - and dishing out a couple of assists.
The duo kept the Grapeland offensive distraught during their time out on the court.
Draeshaun Hanna provided the Blackcats with some inside power as he finished the night with four points, six rebounds and had a blocked shot on the defensive end, while freshman Travion Abor was perfect from the three-point line, collecting six-points in the process.

Wed
17
Dec

Coolidge boys now No. 6

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Second place is not a bad finish in a tournament.
But the Class 1A, No. 6 state-ranked Coolidge Yellow Jackets (9-2) keep looking to finish out on top and that’s what coach Bryan Jones is trying to instill in his players this season ... always look to play better.
Coolidge ended up in second place at the Rice Tournament this past weekend, facing a much taller Life Red Oak team that seemed to have the Yellow Jackets number in the tourney.
The Yellow Jackets faced the Mustangs twice in the tournament, losing by four in the opening round game, 73-69. Coolidge got off to a slow start and were down by 12 at the half, 38-26. The Yellow Jackets seemed to have a rope on the Mustangs in the second half, scoring 18 to Life Red Oak’s 14 to move to within eight, 52-44. The final period of the game was a scorefest as both teams ended up with 20-plus points, but the Mustangs were able to hold out for the win.

Wed
17
Dec

Wortham girls still unbeaten

Mexia News Staff Report

Talk about a team that has their number, the Wortham Lady Bulldogs picked up district win No. 1 against the Kerens Lady Bobcats, beating their conference rival in overtime, 53-50, in Kerens Tuesday night.
The Lady Bulldogs previously defeated the Lady Bobcats in a tournament a couple of weeks back by one point and this time by three. They’ll meet again later this season in Wortham.
Kerens led at the half by two, 29-27, but the Lady Bulldogs came back in the third period to take their own two point lead, 37-35. Both teams ended up tied at the end of regulation and Wortham would end up outscoring the Lady Bobcats in the overtime period, 7-4, for the win.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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