Sports

Wed
05
Feb

Blackcats, now ranked 19th in state, demolish Rusk

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
LaVictor McKnight scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Blackcats to a 86-15 crushing defeat over the Rusk Eagles Tuesday evening.
No. 19 Mexia, leading by 39 at the half, held the Eagles to just one point in the third period of play and almost all of the fourth quarter until Rusk scored a pair of baskets with less than two and a half minutes to play.
The huge lead opened up the opportunity for some of the players coming off the bench to get more playing time and scoring time as Matron Gerald and Tyrik Ray combined for 30 points, most of which was scored in the second half of the game.
Rusk never had a chance to get any where close in this game after being down 6-2 in the opening minutes.

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Wed
05
Feb

Ladycats on to play-offs after crushing Rusk

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Not only were the Ladycat seniors recognized prior to the start of their game with Rusk, they also helped lead the team to a 70-64 win Tuesday night to close out district play.
Akasha Anderson poured in 14 points during the game, with half of those scored in the second period alone. Bre Stoner got in on the action with 13 points and Bremesia owens added 10, enabling the senior trio to account for 37 of those 70 points scored.
Sophomore Tee Owens led the team overall in scoring with 23.

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Mon
03
Feb

Ladycats softball ready to take field

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Ladycats softball team will have a new look this season as Courtney Adams takes over as head coach.
Adams, an assistant on last year’s team, replaces former head coach Steve Hogan in only her second year at Mexia.
So far, with a couple of scrimmage’s under their belts, Adams feels this year’s team is looking a lot stronger and should be solidified even more when basketball season is completed.
Senior Dashia Forge returns as the primary pitcher for the team. Forge finished the 2013 campaign with an 11-10 record and a 4.01 earned run average.
“I saw a lot of improvement with her last year,” said Adams. “I didn’t start her out in our first scrimmage, but she did come in later and did really well.”
Joining Forge on the diamond are returning starters Mackenzie Bain (shortstop), Cheyenne Thompson (catcher/shortstop), Tyesha Johnson (second base, third base, SS) and Alexis Molina (first base/utility).

Wed
29
Jan

Late surge not enough to get Ladycats past Fairfield

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

Coaches and players like wins, not moral victories, but the Ladycats’ dominant second half against visiting Fairfield Tuesday certainly counts as the latter despite falling 55-47.

“The second half was a great confidence builder for us,” said assistant coach Carlos Daniels. “Fairfield has been holding its opponents to 26 points per game this year.”

The 12th-ranked Lady Eagles (21-6) won on a dominant second quarter, but the frantic pace of the second half masked the fact the visitors entered the half with a 19-point lead.

Fairfield held the lead through the opening quarter, opening up a 13-7 advantage on a pair of free throws early in the second, but back-to-back three pointers by Brianna Forge tied the game. From there, Mexia went cold from the floor and Fairfield put together a 12-0 run and outscored the Ladycats 24-5 through the rest of the quarter for the big halftime lead.

Wed
29
Jan

Mexia avenges loss at Fairfield with 20-point win

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

The Blackcats had been waiting since Jan. 10 for another shot at Fairfield, and Mexia made sure to make the most of the opportunity with a dominant 76-56 win over the 19th-ranked Eagles.

“All the credit for this win goes to our kids,” said coach Tony Leamon. “They executed the game plan, fought the fatigue and the fouls and they made big shots. Beating a team like that shows what we can do when we are ready to play.”

The physical play and pressure defense of both teams put its stamp on the game early and Mexia was forced to adjust its rotations after Ike Jones drew a pair of fouls in the first two minutes, then Tyrik Ray drew a pair as well off the bench before the game was four minutes old.

There were 45 fouls called in the game and 50 free throw attempts between the two teams.

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Mon
27
Jan

Bulldogs now 5-0 in district play

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Wortham Bulldogs remain undefeated in District 18-1A after holding on to a 54-49 win over the Hubbard Jaguars.

The Bulldogs were down by two after the first quarter of play, 14-12, but turned on the jets in the second to overcome the deficit to end up taking a 30-19 lead at the half.

Hubbard came right back in the third, outscoring Wortham 18-10 and closed out the quarter only down by three, 40-37. The Bulldogs held out to the end with 14 points in the fourth to the Jaguars 12.

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

Mon
27
Jan

Wortham defeats Lady Jaguars

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

On the road, the Wortham Lady Bulldogs knocked off their host, Division I-1A No. 4 ranked Hubbard Lady Jaguars with a four-point win, 46-42, on Friday evening.

Wortham was only down by one at the half, 25-24, and tied it up at the end of the third, 32-32.

The Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Jaguars in the fourth, 14-10.

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Mon
27
Jan

Garcia leads way in soccer

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Raul Garcia continues to be on fire for the Mexia Blackcats soccer team, leading them to their third straight win with the latest a 4-1 defeat over the Robinson Rockets.

Garcia scored a pair of goals in the match, with teammates Emilio Iwabuchi and Antonio Puch adding one each.

Garcia, who is only a sophomore playing at forward, has scored a total of eight goals during the three-match win streak, which included a 30-yard strike that the opposing Gatesville goaltender couldn’t even stop during the Blackcats win last Tuesday.

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Fri
24
Jan

Blackcats back on track since loss to Eagles

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
When Mexia (18-4) traveled to Fairfield and opened district play with a seven-point loss, coach Tony Leamon seized the opportunity to make sure the bad taste left from the defeat made an impact on his team.

“We came out of Christmas and we were really flat and didn’t have that same intensity we had before Christmas,” Leamon said. “I think the Fairfield game woke us up and we realized we had to go back to work. Even though it wasn’t fun losing to Fairfield and we didn’t like it at all, it could have been a blessing in disguise because it woke us back up.”

Since that loss, Mexia has won three straight games by 33, 47 and 48 points respectively, averaging a blistering 88 points per victory.

Senior guard Kaylon Watson didn’t offer any magic formula for beating Fairfield Tuesday when the Eagles visit Mexia.

Fri
24
Jan

Ladycats ready for rematch with Fairfield Lady Eagles

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

Push. That’s been the consistent message from Ladycats basketball coach Randy Barger to his team since their loss at Fairfield.

“By the time that game was over with I knew we had to get back to doing what we do,” Barger said. “Our kids were a little hesitant. They didn’t know if they could play with them or if they could run with them.”

Fast forward past three dominant district victories and Mexia is 4-1 in district play, fresh off a victory over rival Groesbeck and staring down a much-anticipated rematch Tuesday with the Lady Eagles.

“When you get beat like we got beat over there, you want to play them again the next day,” Barger said of the 62-33 loss.

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