, Port Arthur, Texas


January 24, 2013

Lady Titans out to avenge loss to Channelview

PORT ARTHUR — Redemption is coming home to Port Arthur this Friday.

The Port Arthur Memorial girls are in the midst of a great run this season, topping 24 victories already and sitting in first place in District 21-5A. The Lady Titans have only lost four times this season, and are one of just three teams to beat Class 4A No. 4 Beaumont Ozen this year.

One of those four losses Memorial suffered came at the hands of Channelview, just after New Year’s and gave the Lady Titans two straight losses. That’s why Friday’s matchup, when the Lady Falcons travel to Memorial Gym at 7 p.m., is so interesting.

Memorial (24-4, 8-1) is trying to keep ahold of first place, after Channelview knocked off North Shore 49-44 on Tuesday. The Lady Titans are a game ahead of North Shore and are a game and a half ahead of the Lady Falcons with five games to play. If the Lady Titans can hold home court against the Lady Falcons, they’ll be a big step closer to clinching a second straight district title.

The Nederland boys (20-8, 6-2) also face a tough test at 7:30 p.m. Friday, making the longest road trip of the district schedule to Livingston. The Bulldogs are 3-2 in their last five games and have won seven of their last 10. Nederland won at Livingston 64-47 last season and have now won seven straight games against the Lions dating back to the 2009-2010 season.

Nederland rebounded from a loss to Beaumont Central last Friday by beating Vidor 80-41 on Tuesday at the Dog Dome. It was the first time since Nederland beat Hamshire-Fannett 83-34 on Nov. 20 that the Bulldogs have topped 80 points in a game.

Memorial’s boys will travel to Channelview for another pivotal district contest at 7 p.m. Friday. The Titans have now won four straight and sit in second place in District 21-5A. Memorial (15-10, 5-2) would get a huge boost to its playoff chances with a victory at Channelview.

The Titans lost 54-52 to the Falcons at home earlier this season. Three of the Titans’ last six games have been decided by two points or less.

The PN-G boys (9-15, 4-4) are still tied with Lumberton for fourth place in Disrict 20-4A after the Raiders beat the Indians 52-47 on Tuesday. PN-G takes on a revitalized Little Cypress-Mauriceville team at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Competition Gym. LC-M has now won two straight games, after beating Vidor last Friday and topping Livingston on Tuesday.

LC-M lost its first six games of the district slate this season, but has upped its scoring average and lowered its scoring defense over the last 10 games. PN-G beat LC-M 56-47 in the first half of district play.

The Nederland girls will host Livingston at 7:30 p.m. Friday while the PN-G girls travel to LC-M.

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    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

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