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Wed
21
Dec

Mexia goes toe-to-toe with Taylor before blast

Mexia News Staff Report

 

After a brutal first half of play, the Mexia Blackcats blasted their way in the second half to a 71-53 home win against the Taylor Ducks, in a rare early afternoon game on Monday.

Mexia fired on all cylinders in the opening period, led by Shemar High’s six points and teammate Davion Carter’s five.

At the close of the first period, the Blackcats were clearly in control with a 22-3 lead.

The second period was just the opposite, as Taylor began connecting on baskets and outscoring Mexia 23-9 to cut their 19-point deficit down to five by the half.

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Mon
19
Dec

Wortham Lady Bulldogs shut out over the weekend

Mexia News Staff Report

 

The Wortham Lady Bulldogs fell to both Axtell and Mart over the course of last week.

Wortham played Axtell on the road Tuesday, falling to the Lady Longhorns, 51-17. 

The Lady Bulldogs Hallie Fautt led the team with 13 points, while Skylar Phillips dished in four.

On Saturday, they played Mart at home with the Lady Panthers coming out on top, 58-24.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
19
Dec

Ladycats take Wharton from behind for upset win

By Stephen R. Farris

Mexia News Sports

 

After being off court for the past nine days, the Mexia Ladycats were feisty as ever and playing step-for-step with the 13-5 Wharton Lady Tigers Friday, rallying in the fourth period to take a come from behind 50-46 win at home.

Wharton - with the taller lineup - went up top 8-0 early in the first period before Mexia got on the board and made it close by the end of the quarter, but the Lady Tigers led 15-12. Aniyah Jelks six points in the period and the Ladycats relentless defensive pressure helped to keep Mexia within three.

Wharton continued to keep the advantage, going into the half leading 27-20. Destini Hutchison scored five in the second period, including a key three-point bucket late in the quarter for Mexia as the team stayed within striking distance.

Mon
19
Dec

Blackcats out pace Caldwell 71-42

By Stephen R. Farris

Mexia News Sports

 

The Caldwell Hornets had a hard time trying to keep pace with the Mexia Blackcats this past Friday night.

Even though the game was essentially filled with turnovers and mishandled possessions, the Blackcats dominated the contest with their trapping defense to come out on top, 71-42.

Mexia took a 26-11 advantage at the end of the first period as Chris Mathews poured in eight points to lead the way, followed by Travion Carter’s five points, which included a three-point field goal.

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Fri
16
Dec

Teague defeats Groesbeck 87-61 for sixth straight win

Mexia News Staff Report

 

After sweeping through the competition last weekend at the Jarrell basketball tournament, the Teague Lions continued to dominate the hardwood with a sounding 87-61 win over the visiting Groesbeck Goats.

Tyrese Heard led the charge with 17 points in the win, while three other Lion players hit double-digits in scoring, which included Keyshawn Rice with 16, Gary McQuirter 13 and A.J. Weathers finishing up with 11.

Teague held a six-point lead going into the second period of play. They turned up the defensive pressure, which allowed Rice and Weathers to work a little magic from the three-point arc that gave the Lions a 42-23 lead at the half.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
14
Dec

Lady Yellowjackets too much for Mt. Calm

Mexia News Staff Report

 

After a tough outing at the Dawson basketball tournament, the Coolidge Lady Yellowjackets were faced with the task of opening district play at home Tuesday night.

Mount Calm was the first opponent out of the gate for Coolidge, but the Lady Yellowjackets handled themselves well as they held the Lady Panthers to only four points in both the first and third periods and blanked them in the second and fourth to come out with a 70-8 win.

Alejandra Acevedo had a big game, scoring 20 points on the night, while Sophia Ortiz banged in 15. La’Kavia Collins scored in double-figures as well, finishing the win with 10 points.

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Wed
14
Dec

Mexia’s strong lead not enough for win

Mexia News Staff Report

 

The Mexia Blackcats started out strong in the first half of Tuesday evening’s basketball game with the China Spring Cougars, in their second meeting of the season.

But after leading 40-28 at halftime, the Blackcats let the game slip through their hands as the Cougars outscored Mexia in the second half, 35-13, to take a 63-53 win that evened up their season meetings at 1-1.

Mexia kept the Cougars off their game in the first period with their hard-pressing defense and took a 19-14 advantage, thanks in part to Shemar High’s seven points and Travion Carter’s five. Chris Mathews chipped in four points and Davion Carter added a bucket in the period.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
12
Dec

Blackcats finish second at Great East Texas Shootout

Mexia News Staff Report

 

After defeating Kerens in the opening round of the Great East Texas Shootout basketball tournament in Brownsboro, the Mexia Blackcats picked up close wins over both Royse City and host Brownsboro to earn a spot in the championship game Saturday night.

Mexia played district rival Athens in the championship, but were unable to make up the 12-point halftime deficit the Hornets had built up.

Both teams scored 40 points each in the second half as the Blackcats ended the tournament in second place.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
12
Dec

Gipson, Gonzalez, Jones, Martin named All-District Second Team

By Stephen R. Farris

Mexia News Sports

 

The 2016-17 District 9-4A DII all-district team was recently released as four Mexia Blackcats were named to the team.

Senior Jaylen Gipson earned honors at quarterback on the all-district second team. Gipson was joined by teammates Marcos Gonzalez, who made the second team offense at fullback; Colton Jones made second team offense as a tackle and Jaquay Martin earned second team defense honors at safety.

A total of nine Blackcat players were named to the all-academic team, which included Travion Carter, Gipson, Jo’Rel Lockhart, Gonzales, Jason Coffey, Jekahre Hackett, Darian Garcia, Bryce Sterling and Davion Carter.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
12
Dec

Teague brings home trophy

Mexia News Staff Report

 

The Teague Lions went undefeated at the Jarrell Basketball Tournament over the weekend, bringing back the championship trophy and three players named to the all-tournament team, including Mylan Shed earning MVP honors.

Teague opened the tournament with wins over both Taylor and Salado, then defeated Odem and Jarrell. The Lions won the championship over Class 6A’s Killeen Kangaroo junior varsity, 63-55.

Both teams were tied at the half, 22-22, but the Kangaroo’s managed to come out of halftime and take a 39-35 lead by the close of the third.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

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