Chisum girls basketball

Chisum junior Sarah Hunt (1) drives to the basket for a layup against Como-Pickton in a previous tournament game at Rivercrest High School.

North Lamar boys finish fourth in Edgewood Tournament

The North Lamar Panthers basketball team finished in fourth in the Edgewood Tournament. The Panthers fell to Edgewood by a final score of 58-33, but bounced back to defeat Wills Point and Caddo Mills by final scores of 50-28 and 49-26, respectively.

North Lamar fell in the third-place game to Canton by a final score of 29-26, but Alec Asay and Raymond Owens were selected to the all-tournament team for their efforts.

Asay led North Lamar in the tournament with 42 points over four games, while Owens finished with a total of 32 points. Cody Anthony also had a big impact with 22 points over four games to go with double-digit rebounds.

The Panthers hit the court again at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Class 2A powerhouse Clarksville. The North Lamar Pantherettes won the consolation bracket of the Dodd City Tournament, but statistics and scores of games were not reported along with Paris High stats.

Lady Mustangs earn fourth-place finish in Prairiland Tournament

The Chisum Lady Mustangs fell in the third-place game to Clarksville by a final score of 41-39 after leading most of the way, but performed solidly in the tournament with a fourth-place finish. The Lady Mustangs fell to Daingerfield by a final score of 52-47, but defeated Mildred and Paris Home School by final scores of 43-29 and 40-37, respectively.

Sarah Hunt led Chisum with totals of 68 points, 16 steals, seven rebounds and four assists. Chloe Prestridge also contributed with totals of 14 points, 8 rebounds, while Zoe Tucker registered 11 points, 21 rebounds and four assists. Lexie Brown also poured in 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Chisum boy’s team did not report statistics or scores from their third-place run in the Prairiland Tournament.

The Lady Mustangs hit the hardwood again at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Bells.

Rivercrest boys go 2-0 over the week

By Kristi Purviance

The Rivercrest Rebels hosted CHAAMP (9-1) Friday night. Coach Quincy English’s young team finally had returning starters Devon Womack and Bradyn English back from injuries suffered during football season.

Although CHAAMP had several dangerous outside shooters, the long-armed Rebel defense won out in the end 69-64. Sophomore Zachariah Lane led all scorers with 21 points, Womack had 16, Shane Crabtree 14, English added 10, Dakota Patterson 5, John Grider 2 and Damien Davidson swished a free throw. The Rebels (2-1) will travel to Roxton Tuesday night and play in the Gary Tournament next weekend. 

In its previous outing on Tuesday, the Rivercrest Rebels traveled to Redwater and faced a very large squad of Dragons. Coach Quincy English knew his young team, composed of mostly sophomores and juniors, needed more experience at the varsity level. He quickly found a game to add into the open night on the schedule. The night began slowly but the Rebels soon found their rhythm as they worked on their offensive and defensive schemes. Quick hands and longs arms on defense proved to be what ultimately led to a 50-44 Rebel victory.

Sophomores Damien Davidson and John Grider led defensively with  a combined 6 steals and 6 deflections. Grider also scored 8 hard found points under the goal. Team captain Shane Crabtree crashed the boards for 8 rebounds and chipped in 13 points. Dakota Patterson, the lone starting senior, used his size and toughness to grab 6 rebounds and tossed in 8 points. Sophomore Zachariah Lane was the high scorer for the night with 16 points in the lane and 4 assists. Will Grider added 4 points and Davidson swished a free throw.

Rivercrest will play again at 7 p.m. tonight at Roxton.

Lady Rebels compete in Dodd City Tourney

After falling to Lindsay by a final score of 72-54 this past week, the Rivercrest Lady Rebels basketball team traveled to participate in the Dodd City Tournament. There, the Lady Rebels beat the Dodd City JV squad by a final score of 56-46, then fell in games against Sam Rayburn and Redwater by final scores of 46-18 and 42-30, respectively.

The Lady Rebels (3-9) were led over the week by Farrah Savage, who finished with totals of 39 points, 36 rebounds and 20 steals. Meanwhile, Marta Ward chipped in with 37 points, six rebounds, eight steals and two assists over the weekend, while Hannah Binion recorded totals of 35 points, 28 rebounds, two steals and one assists. Binion also won big for her accomplishments off the court, as the senior post won a $250 scholarship at the Dodd City Tournament for her academic excellence. Binion is ranked fifth in her class with a 3.95 GPA.

The Lady Rebels look to continue to play their game and find their stride as they play at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Cooper.

Honey Grove girls fight hard in Prairiland Tournament

The Honey Grove Lady Warriors fell to the two Prairiland Tournament championship finalists Daingerfield and Prairiland by finals scores of 45-26 and 40-35, respectively, but defeated Detroit and Clarksville by final scores of 46-26 and 33-31, respectively.

Makiyah Johnson led the charge as she scored 39 points over the course of four games, while Bree Cason compiled 36 points and Demetria Pruitt totaled 18 points. The Honey Grove boys team’s statistics and scores were not reported.

The Lady Warriors will play again at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Campbell.

Lady Tigers take third in Prairiland Tournament

By Bruce E. Williams

A running jumper from the corner, with 10 seconds left in regulation, turned out to be the winning field goal as the Clarksville Lady Tigers captured third place honors in the Prairiland-Screen Graphics Girls Basketball Tournament, with a thrilling 41-39 come-from-behind win over the Chisum Lady Mustangs in Saturday morning action.  Following the basket that put the Lady Tigers up 40-39, Griffin stole the in bounds pass and was fouled. She added a free throw to secure the margin of victory.

Clarksville senior post Chakyrah Griffin was the leading scorer in the game as she led only three scorers in the game for the Lady Tigers with 23 points. Asjah Griffin was the other Clarksville player in double figures with 10 points including the Lady Tigers lone three pointer in the game. Makaiya Owens contributed the remaining eight points for Clarksville.

Behind the play of Sarah Hunt, the Lady Mustangs led most of the way in the contest. The Chisum advantage was 12-8 at the end of the opening quarter, and with Hunt scoring 13 of her 19 total points in the initial half, Chisum would move to a 27-15 advantage at the intermission. 

Asjah Griffin found room to deliver strong passes to Chakyrah Griffin down low in the second half. The Lady Tigers opened the third quarter with Chakyrah Griffin scoring in in the post, and Asjah Griffin bombing in her three point field goal for Clarksville. Tom Manginell’s team then completed an 11-0 run that drew the Lady Tigers to within 27-26 when Makaiya Ownes scored on a put back with 2:55 left in the third. It was the Lady Mustangs who closed the period with 7-0 run with Hunt contributing a bucket before Zoe Tucker canned the final five points of the period to send Chisum into the final frame leading 34-26.

A steal and coast to coast layup from Hunt extended the Lady Mustangs advantage to 36-26 with 7:39 left in the final quarter. But Chisum would manage to score just three additional points in the quarter. Chakyrah Griffin and Asjah Griffin teamed up to help lift Manginell’s team to victory as Asjah delivered passes inside and Chakyrah scored 12 points in the low post in the final period. 

With 35 seconds remaining in the game, the Lady Tigers fouled Lexie Brown, sending her to the free throw line in the bonus, but Brown missed the front end of a 1-and-1 situation. Owens sprang up for the rebound then found Asjah Griffin with a pass for the winning score. Griffin then moved to the charity stripe with seven ticks remaining.

Clarksville claimed three victories in four contest during the tournament without the services of standout point guard LaQuesha Clark for almost two and one-half games.

Asjah Griffin recorded six assist and three steals, while Chakyrah Griffin added six rebounds and a blocked shot. Owens contributed five boards, three steals and a pair of blocked shots.

The Lady Tigers will be in action for a game at 5 p.m. tonight at Miller Grove.

Paris home school girls solid in Prairiland Tournament

The Paris Home School Lady Warriors basketball team had a solid showing in the Prairiland Tournament. The Lady Warriors fell in close games to Daingerfield and Chisum by final scores of 59-50 and 40-37, respectively, and bounced back to beat Avery 41-30 and defeated Detroit 69-38.

Over the course of four games, Brittany McKim led the way with 69 points, 49 rebounds, 14 steals and nine assists. Meanwhile, Chandler Jones totaled 63 points, 14 assists, 16 steals and 11 rebounds through four games, while Claire VanDerWilt contributed with totals of 26 points, 10 rebounds, 12 steals and seven assists.

Roxton succeeds against local foes

The Roxton Lions basketball team defeated the likes of Chisum, Prairiland’s JV team but lost to the Paris Home School boys squad to wrap up at 2-1 slate of games last week.

The Lions defeated Chisum by a margin of eight points, and Prairiland’s JV by a final score of 50-39, but fell to the Warriors by a final score of 38-32.

Byren McKim led the Warriors with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Rein Stephens finished with seven points and four rebounds. Derek VanDerWilt also chipped in with seven points and eight rebounds. Roxton’s stats and scores were not reported.

The Lions will hit the court again at 7 p.m. tonight against Rivercrest.

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