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January 14, 2014

Tuesday's High School basketball roundup

Lady Titans breeze by Lady Bruins

BEAUMONT — The Port Arthur Memorial Lady Titans remained in the hunt for the District 21-5A title after Tuesday’s 64-47 victory over the West Brook Lady Bruins.

The Lady Titans pulled away from the Lady Bruins in the third period when Memorial scored a whopping 32 points. Memorial led 20-19 at halftime.

Memorial then led 52-29 after the third quarter.

Jakeira Ford led the Lady Titans with 21 points and 17 rebounds. Teammate Joyce Kennerson finished with 24 points.

West Brook got 18 points from Monni Jackson.

The Lady Bruins were behind 11-7 after the first period.

Memorial will play host to La Porte on Friday.

Beaumont Ozen boys 77, PN-G 41

BEAUMONT — The Beaumont Ozen Panthers put it on the Port Neches-Groves Indians early and often Tuesday night.

Ozen won 77-41 after opening the game up with a 24-5 lead in the first period.

The Panthers then took a 45-15 lead at halftime before outscoring the Indians (4-18, 1-5) 17-11 in the third. Both teams scored 15 points in the fourth period.

Kade Geoffroy led the Indians with nine points while Ryan Abel scored seven points.

Ozen’s Josh Boyd led all players with 16 points while teammate Kaelin Goldwin had 11 points.

PN-G returns home Friday with a game against Livingston.

WO-Stark boys 86, Bridge City 30

WEST ORANGE — Getting prepared for their first-place District 21-3A showdown with Silsbee Friday night, the West Orange-Stark Mustangs certainly didn’t overlook Orange County rival Bridge City at Mustang Gym Tuesday night.

The Mustangs drilled 13 three-pointers on the night, including getting six from senior leader Laquarious Paige and they forced the Cardinals into 37 turnovers as WO-S rolled to a 86-30 victory.

The Mustangs (18-7, 5-0) outscored the Cardinals (11-13, 0-5) 26-6 in both the first and second periods to take a commanding 52-12 lead at intermission.

WO-S won the second half by a 34-18 count as they take their winning ways into Friday night’s big showdown against Silsbee at Lamar University’s Montagne Center. That game will likely start between 8:30 and 9 p.m.

Paige led all scorers as he pumped in 29 points while also leading the Mustangs with eight rebounds.

Corey Carcisse filtered in 15 points for the Mustangs as he connected on three three-pointers. Sean Cox scored a career-high 14 points as he also had two three-pointers.

Deionte Thompson and Dorsey Robinson aided the Mustang attack with nine points apiece.

The WO-S win offset a strong performance by Cardinals senior post Alex Bingham, who finished with a double-double, scoring 20 points while grabbing 12 rebounds and blocking six WO-S shot attempts.

The Cardinals will try to bounce back Friday when they play host to Orange County rival Orangefield.

Bridge City girls 60, WO-Stark 54

BRIDGE CITY — Pulling through with some more fourth-quarter dramatics, the Bridge City Lady Cardinals turned back the West Orange-Stark Lady Mustangs 60-54 in District 21-3A action at Cardinal Gym Tuesday night.

The Lady Mustangs (11-14, 1-6) led the Lady Cardinals (26-4, 6-1) 43-42 entering the final eight minutes but Bridge City was able to close it out with a 18-11 run in the last quarter to remain in second-place in the 21-3A race behind Hamshire-Fannett.

Alexus Henry paced the balanced Lady Cardinals with 13 points to go along with five rebounds and two steals. Kasey Frederick chimed in with a double-double, tallying 12 points while grabbing 10 rebounds.

Caylin Choate contributed nine points, eight steals and four assists. Kelsey Fults had nine points, 15 rebounds and four assists. Shayla Bratton had eight points, four rebounds and two steals while Sara Acosta came off the bench to grab five boards.

Derrashia Daughtery sparked the Lady Mustangs with a game-high 22 points while Eriel Jordan filtered in 16 points.

Bridge City will visit Orange County rival Orangefield Friday while the Lady Mustangs return home to entertain Silsbee.

Buna girls 43, Orangefield 31

BUNA — The Orangefield Lady Bobcats fell to the Buna Lady Cougars 43-31 in District 21-3A play at Cougar Gym Tuesday night.

The Lady Cougars (5-2 in district) held the Lady Bobcats (7-17-1-6) to just two points after the first period and led 24-8 at the half.

Orangefield outscored Buna 23-19 after intermission.

Brandy Ehrlich led the Lady Bobcats with eight points while Brooke Ehrlich and Morgan Worthy added four points apiece while Sabryn Crain hauled down nine rebounds.

Hutto and Garsee led the Lady Cougars with 12 points apiece.

The Lady Bobcats will look to bounce back Friday when they host Orange County rival Bridge City.

Bmt Central boys 67, LC-M 45

LITTLE CYPRESS — The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears fought the No. 1-ranked team in Class 4A hard but fell to the Beaumont Central Jaguars 67-45 at The Bear Cave Tuesday night.

The Bears (15-10, 4-2) cut the Jaguars  (20-4, 6-0) lead to just eight points with a little over two minutes remaining but failed to score again.

Post Blake Fuss paced the Bears with a big double-double, finishing with 15 points and 15 rebounds while Jace Robertson and Taylor Peveto scored 10 points apiece while Andrew Despit added eight.

Jacory Guillory led the Jaguars with 17 points while Etorrian Wilridge added 16.

The Bears will look to bounce back Friday when they visit Orange County rival Vidor.

Orangefield boys 57, Buna 42

ORANGEFIELD — The Orangefield Bobcats snagged their first District 21-3A win on the season Tuesday night, defeating the Buna Cougars 57-42 at Bobcat Gym.

Mason Sonnier and Matthew Kress paced the balanced Bobcats (12-9, 1-4) by scoring 14 points apiece. Buna falls to 13-13 overall, 2-4 in 21-3A play.

The Bobcats will visit Orange County rival Bridge City Friday.

        — Gabriel Pruett and Van Wade

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