Memorial boys hold off La Porte
The Port Arthur Memorial boys held on to second place in 21-5A with a 51-50 victory over La Porte at Memorial Gym on Friday.
Memorial (14-10, 4-2) have now won three straight district games. The Titans were led by Torian Lott, who had 21 points, and Dorian Chatman, who had 10.
Memorial will host Deer Park at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Port Arthur Memorial 51, La Porte 50
LP 15 12 11 12 — 50
PAM 17 10 18 6 — 51
Leading scorers: PAM — Torian Lott 21, Dorian Chatman 10. LP — Allen 16.
Records: Memorial (14-10, 4-2); La Porte (12-13, 2-4).
Next: Memorial hosts Deer Park, 7 p.m. Tuesday.
PN-G boys nip Livingston
LIVINGSTON — The Port Neches-Groves boys basketball team found itself alone in the fourth and final playoff position after beating Livingston 38-37 on Friday in District 20-4A play.
PN-G (9-14, 4-3) holds a one-game lead on Lumberton for fourth place after the Raiders lost 64-37 to Beamont Ozen Friday.
A.J. Smith led the Indians with 16 points while Jacob Underhill added 12.
PN-G will travel to Lumberton at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Port Neches-Groves 38, Livingston 37
PN-G 12 4 9 13 — 38
Liv 7 8 4 13 — 37
Leading scorers: PN-G — A.J. Smith 16, Jacob Underhill 12. LIV — Garrett Green 13.
Records: PN-G (9-14, 4-3); Livingston (8-13, 2-5).
Next: PN-G at Lumberton, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
Memorial girls stay atop 21-5A, beat La Porte
LA PORTE — The Port Arthur Memorial girls basketball team held off a third-quarter comeback to beat La Porte 64-62 on Friday in District 21-5A play.
Memorial (23-4, 7-1) was outscored 20-14 in the third quarter, erasing a five-point Lady Titan lead and giving La Porte a 47-46 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. However, the Lady Titans were able to win it at the line, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs by three in the final period.
Ariel Hutchinson led the Lady Titans with 22 points while Joyce Kennerson and Loren Evans each had 10.
Memorial will play at Deer Park at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Port Arthur Memorial 64, La Porte 62
PAM 13 19 13 18 — 64
LP 14 13 20 15 — 62
Leading scorers: PAM — Ariel Hutchinson 22, Joyce Kennerson 10, Loren Evans 10.
Records: PAM (23-4, 7-1); La Porte (8-15, 3-5).
Next: Memorial at Deer Park, 7 p.m. Tuesday
Memorial boys hold off La Porte
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BEAUMONT — It may be just the second year of the program’s revival, but the Lamar softball team has already established a tradition: Winning the home opener on a walk-off home run.
Casey Cromwell’s three-run blast in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Lady Cardinals a 6-4 win over Southeastern Louisiana at Ford Park in the first home game of 2014 for Lamar and the Southland Conference opener for both squads.
Lamar, which won its first game last year over UTSA on a walk-off home run by Ashley McDowell, cruised to an 8-1 win over Southeastern Louisiana in Saturday’s nightcap.
“This is why I love playing at home,” Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. “The fans really get us pumped up, and we respond.”
Cromwell hit two home runs in the opener for Lamar (5-9 overall, 2-0 Southland). Beverly Corry also homered for Lamar. Shannon Millman (3-5) was the winning pitcher for the Lady Cardinals in both games, working 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief in the first game before firing a three-hit gem in the nightcap.
“We got tremendous pitching for both Shannon and Tina (Schulz) today,” Bruder said. “We also got some great defense, and that really helped us.”
Candyce Carter and Jenna Holland homered for Lamar in the second game. Carter had three RBIs in the game, while Holland and Julianne Viator added two RBIs apiece.
Carter closed out the game in spectacular fashion, making a diving grab in center field to turn what looked to be a sure double off the bat of Brittney Tschoepe into the final out of the game.
The two teams wrap up their three-game series with a single contest at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ford Park. All senior citizens 55 and older receive free admission.
“It’s always tough to sweep a team,” Bruder said. “We know Sunday’s game will be tough.”
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