Sports

Mon
22
Jan

Lady ’Dogs make it 2 in a row; Bulldogs even record

Mexia News Sports Editor
The Wortham Lady Bulldogs made it two district wins in a row after whipping up on the Mart Lady Panthers last Friday night at home, 48-32.
Mart led 8-6 after the first period as Wortham got off to a slow start, but in the second, the Lady Bulldog offense began to catch fire, outscoring the Lady Panthers 16-6 and took a 22-14 lead at the half.
Wortham kept their foot on the gas in the third and increased their advantage to 16, 37-21.
Both teams scored 11 each in the fourth period, but it would be the Lady Bulldogs celebrating when the final buzzer sounded.
Skylar Phillips led the way for Wortham with 12 points, including a pair of three-pointers in the first half. Hallie Fautt and Jayde Hamilton finished with 11 apiece, Ashley Mao scored six, Kayla Lansford added four points to the win total and both Spring Hogan and Samantha Wright each chipped in two.

Mon
22
Jan

Blackcats earn win in first home soccer match of season

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
Hello win column!
Playing their first home match of the season, the Mexia Blackcats got back on track with an 8-0 win over the Marlin Bulldogs.
The Blackcats (3-4-1) wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as Cristian Rivera took a deflected pass from Angel Escamilla and scored to put Mexia up 1-0 three minutes in, according to head coach T.J. Sadler’s report.
At the five-minute mark, Escamilla sprinted through the Marlin defense, scoring the goal, then in the 28th minute, a poor clearing by Marlin on their end of the field, put the ball at the foot of Danny Prado, who blasted a shot just under the crossbar to give Mexia a 3-0 lead at the half.

Mon
22
Jan

Ladycats survive Lady ’Stangs to get win No. 20

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
It was the first Friday night for the battle to reach 20 wins this season, and the Mexia Ladycats held off the Madisonville Lady Mustangs on the road, to pull out a 62-58 win to put them at 20-7 overall.
The win wasn’t an easy one, especially playing in the Lady Mustangs’ gym in front of their fans.
Early in the first quarter Madisonville galloped to a 14-6 lead; however, after head coach Randy Barger called a timeout to regroup his team, Mexia came back on the court and went on a 7-0 run sparked by DeModesty Williams’ three-pointer, a basket by Oasis Keener and a free throw from Jenny Williams to move the Ladycats to within one at the end of the quarter, 14-13.
Williams two-point jumper gave Mexia their first lead of the game, 15-14, at the beginning of the second period.

Mon
22
Jan

Stellar second half leads ’Cats to 20th victory

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
Win No. 20 is finally in the bank for the Mexia Blackcats. After a wild ride with the Madisonville Mustangs and with assistant coach Justin Barnett filling in for head coach Andre LaTouche -- who was out sick Friday night -- the Blackcats emerged victorious on the road with a 59-49 win.
Both teams tested each other in the first quarter, with scoring low as Mexia took an 11-6 lead. Then the offenses heated up in the second with the Blackcats escaping to the locker room at the half, holding a 28-26, advantage.
Mexia survived four lead ties in the third quarter, but took a one-point lead at the 2:08 mark after Dravion Carter hit one of two free throws to make the score 38-37.

Fri
19
Jan

Wortham hitter signs to play college volleyball

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
The Cedar Valley Suns volleyball team added to their lineup Thursday morning after senior Kayla Lansford, from Wortham, signed to play with them this upcoming fall season.
A signing ceremony was held in the Wortham ISD auditorium Thursday, as Lansford signed on the dotted line in front of the room filled with her teammates, classmates, administrators, coaches and teachers.
She was joined up on the stage by her parents, Tracy and Jennifer Lansford, along with Wortham Lady Bulldog head volleyball coach Deanna Whaley and Cedar Valley head volleyball coach Isabel Almendarez-Ramos.
Coach Whaley was beyond words and filled with emotional excitement to see the young lady she has known all her life, move on to continue her academic and volleyball career at the college level.
“Very proud, very proud of her,” Whaley said, trying hard to hold back her emotions. “She works hard and this is well deserved!

Fri
19
Jan

Lady ’Cats back on winning track; ’Cats fall

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
The Mexia Ladycats got back on the winning track Wednesday evening, improving to 2-1 in District 18-4A after beating the Palestine Lady Wildcats 58-40 at home in front of a packed house.
Mexia shot out to a 12-1 lead midway in the first quarter, then Treece Daily knocked down two shots from three-point territory, lane penetrations for points by point guard Keiana Keith helped the Ladycats to a 21-8 advantage after one.
Palestine clawed their way back to cut Mexia’s lead to 10 at one point during the second period, but the Ladycats maintained their composure and finished the period leading, 36-20.
The third quarter didn’t start off so well for Mexia as the Lady Wildcats reeled off seven consecutive points to start the quarter and cutting into the Ladycats 16-point lead they held at the half.

Fri
19
Jan

Yellowjackets defeat Panthers, Lady Panthers

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
What a night for Coolidge Yellowjacket basketball teams, as the girls defeated the Mount Calm Lady Panthers at home, 50-33, while J.J. Acevedo and Roman Benjamin combined for 41 points to lead the boys to an 86-22 win over the Panthers.
In the first game of the evening in Coolidge, the Lady Yellowjackets took a 13-3 lead in the first period as Tionna Kirven had the hot hand with seven points in the quarter.
Coolidge kept the pace, adding 12 more points in the second period and led at the half, 25-13.
Kirven continued her offensive barrage after the half, scoring five in the third and nine in the fourth as the Lady Yellowjackets finished off the Lady Panthers by 17.
Kirven finished the game as the top scorer with 28. Jada Hunter scored eight for Coolidge, while Sofia Ortiz and Julia Herrera hit five points each and Jazmine Evans dished in four.

Fri
19
Jan

Lady Bulldogs win two; Bulldogs split games

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
This time last week, the Wortham Lady Bulldogs were 2-3 in district play; however, a win over Bremond on Friday night coupled with another over the Axtell Lady Longhorns Wednesday evening, the girls find themselves back in the hunt at 4-3 and 14-8 overall.
Wednesday evening, Wortham overcame a 14-9 first period deficit to comeback and defeat the Lady Longhorns in their gym, 50-43.
The game changer came in the second period as Hallie Fautt knocked down nine points in the quarter, getting help from Ashley Mao with four and Skylar Phillips was just getting started with the three-point parade, moving the Lady Bulldogs into the lead at the half, 25-21.

Fri
19
Jan

Blackcat football banquet Tickets now on sale

Mexia News
Staff Report
The Mexia Blackcat fall 2017 football team will be honored at the annual Blackcat Football Banquet on Thursday, Jan. 25.
The event will take place at First Baptist Church’s Christian Life Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and are available now at ReMax Real Estate/Womack Life Insurance, 205 E. Milam; office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Multiple awards will be presented, including the prestigious top honor, the Shield of Excellence.

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.

Mon
15
Jan

Fairfield hands Mexia first district losses

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
The Mexia Blackcats and Ladycats ran into a double-whammy in Fairfield on Friday night, Jan. 12.
The Ladycats fell 42-33 to the Lady Eagles -- their first loss in district play. The Blackcats came up short 61-59 to the Eagles in both teams’ district opener.
In the girl’s game, Fairfield led early, but midway in the opening period Mexia’s Keiana Keith hit the two and one to tie it up at 8.
That would be as much as Mexia could muster in the first period as Fairfield score the next five points to close the quarter with a 13-8 advantage.
The Lady Eagles led by as many as seven with 1:03 remaining in the second period and ended up leading by that much going into the half, 19-12.
Mexia pulled to within four late in the third period after Oasis Keener hit a two-point basket and the Ladycats stayed in striking distance, trailing only by five at quarter’s close, 31-26.

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