The Port Arthur News
PORT NECHES —
The Lady Bulldogs of Nederland were able to improve their District 20-4A record to 5-4 Tuesday with a victory over their rival Lady Indians of Port Neches-Groves.
It was the Lady Indians who started out hot in the first period and jumped to 13-6 over the Lady Bulldogs. The run did not matter as Nederland scored when it counted.
Nederland put up 23 points in the second and held PN-G to 10 points. Nederland used this advantage to secure a 53-45 win over PN-G.
Nederland outscored the Lady Indians 24-22 in the final two periods.
Nederland’s Kinsey Miller had 10 points and eight steals. Deidren Goudeau and Kristine Porterfield each had nine points.
Cay Coldman finished with 11 points for the Lady Indians.
PN-G will travel to face Vidor on Friday while the Lady Bulldogs stay home to challenge the Beaumont Ozen Lady Panthers.
WO-S boys 74, Orangefield 46
WEST ORANGE — Utilizing a 25-4 run in the second quarter, the West Orange-Stark Mustangs strolled to a 74-46 District 21-3A victory over the Orangefield Bobcats Tuesday night at Mustang Gym.
The Mustangs (16-7, 3-0), ranked No. 7 in the latest TABC Class 3A state poll, trailed the Bobcats (11-9, 0-4) 12-10 late in the first period.
However, the Mustangs scored the last five points in the quarter and finished the half with a 30-4 blitz to lead 40-16 at intermission.
Laquarious Paige and Deionte Thompson got the Mustangs going early, combining for 26 first-half points.
Paige finished with 21 points and five rebounds while Thompson had 17 points and eight boards.
The two combined for 18 points in the second period with Thompson scoring 11 of them. The Mustangs full-court pressure finally wore down the Bobcats in the second period as Orangefield had 10 of their 25 turnovers in the quarter.
The Bobcats fought hard in the third quarter as the two teams put up 19 points apiece.
The Bobcats received two three-pointers from Dane Risinger while Matthew Kress scored six of his team-high 11 points in the quarter.
The Mustangs closed out the contest by outscoring the Bobcats 15-11 in the last eight minutes.
Post Ty Thompson had 10 points and five rebounds for the Mustangs while Chase Rutledge had seven points and Corey Carcisse added seven rebounds.
Carl Wiley had nine points and led the Bobcats with five rebounds while Carmicheal Wiley added five points.
The Mustangs were dominant on the boards, outrebounding the Bobcats 36-20.
The Mustangs had 14 turnovers and went 9-of-11 from the free-throw line while the Bobcats were just 5-of-13 from the charity stripe.
The Mustangs, who defeated two ranked Class 2A teams during the Christmas break in Kountze and East Chambers, will look to continue their good fortunes Friday when they visit the Buna Cougars.
The Mustangs will return home next Tuesday to take on Bridge City and will take on the Silsbee Tigers Jan. 17.
The Bobcats will be looking for their first 21-3A victory next Tuesday when they play host to Buna.
LC-M boys 43, Beaumont Ozen 42
LITTLE CYPRESS — Excitement filled up The Bear Cave Tuesday night as the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears pulled off a 43-42 upset victory over Class 4A’s No .2-ranked Beaumont Ozen Panthers.
The Bears’ Taylor Peveto drained a free-throw with 0:01 remaining to nail down the victory for the Bears, who improved to 14-9 overall and to a solid 3-1 in 20-4A play.
“We had a great defensive game-plan and were able to slow down what Ozen wanted to do,” said Bear coach Darin Harley.
“The kids made some key plays down the stretch. Jace Robertson got hot for us with the three-pointer and Andrew Despit really sparked our defense, which was outstanding all night.”
Robertson finished with 18 points as he buried four three-pointers.
Trumaine Elmore had nine points for the Bears while Peveto finished with seven and Despit had six.
Kaelin Goldwire led the Panthers (16-5, 2-2) with 16 points. Sam DeMasters contributed 10 points while Christian Bolton had seven.
The Bears will look to continue their winning ways Friday when they visit Lumberton.
Orangefield girls 41, WO-S 40
ORANGEFIELD — The Orangefield Lady Bobcats closed out the first half of District 21-3A with their first district win as they downed the West Orange-Stark Lady Mustangs 41-40 at Bobcat Gym Tuesday night.
The Lady Bobcats (7-16, 1-5) led the Lady Mustangs (11-10, 1-4) 23-15 at the half and then held on for the victory.
WO-S cut it to 29-25 at the end of the third and fell just short of the comeback.
Brandy Ehrlich led the Lady Bobcats with 12 points. Priscilla Garza colected 10 points and seven rebounds. Maddy Ousely contributed five points while Sabryn Crain hauled down seven boards.
The Orangefield win offset a superb perforamnce by Lady Mustang Eriel HJordan, who filtered in a game-high 23 points. Derriasha Daughtery added seven points for WO-S.
The Lady Mustangs return to action Friday when they play host to Buna while the Lady Bobcats have a bye and will travel to Buna next Tuesday.
Hamshire-Fannett girls 56, BC 45
BRIDGE CITY — The Hamshire-Fannett Lady Longhorns took over first-place in District 21-3A by downing the Bridge City Lady Cardinals 56-45 at Cardinal Gym Tuesday night.
The Lady Longhorns (21-5, 5-0) outscored the Lady Cardinals (23-4, 4-1) 29-20 in the first half and expanded their lead to 45-32 entering the final period and were able to fend off BC to take over first-place by themselves.
Kasey Frederick led the Lady Cardinalos with 13 points and also had nine rebounds.
Kelsey Fults chimed in with a double-double, scoring 12 points while yanking down 15 rebounds. Shayla Bratton added seven points while Alexus Henry had five.
The Lady Cardinals will venture to Sour Lake to take on Hardin-Jefferson Friday.
— Van Wade and Gabriel Pruett