, Port Arthur, Texas


January 30, 2014

PAM teams fall to North Shore; Central knocks off PN-G

PORT ARTHUR — Port Arthur Memorial Lady Titans coach Kevin Henry sure did not see this one coming.

It has been obvious for about two weeks he was excited to get another shot at the No. 5 North Shore Lady Mustangs.

Now the coach and his team cannot forget Thursday night’s 74-44 loss quick enough.

There were turnovers. There were missed shots. And, there were too many times North Shore simply outplayed Memorial.

First, lets start with the turnovers.

The Lady Titans (8-3) gave the ball away 27 times Thursday night. Eight of them came in the second period, a period in which Memorial showed a little bit of fight after entering the quarter down 19-6.

Memorial started the second on an 8-0 run before it started turning the ball over again and the Lady Titans mistakes allowed the Lady Mustangs (11-0) to take a 31-19 lead into the break.

“I can’t take anything away from North Shore because they are a great basketball team,” Henry said. “But, we were just that bad tonight. We certainly did not help ourselves at all. We looked confused so many times tonight. I really don’t understand.”

One thing that was apparent was shots were not falling for the Lady Titans. Memorial was 15-for-46 from the field for 33-percent shooting. The Lady Titans made only 2-of-13 from behind the arc.

Joyce Kennerson led the Lady Titans with 16 points. Channel Hamilton finished with 14 points, 12 coming in the third period. Those 12 points from Hamilton were the only points for Memorial in the frame.

Jakeira Ford added eight points and 10 rebounds.

Lele Scott poured in a game-high 23 points for the Lady Mustangs who shot 43-percent from the field on 29-for-67 shooting.

Chasity Patterson had 17 for North Shore while April Jackson finished with 11 points.

North Shore wasted no time at all putting the game out of reach in the first period. The Lady Mustangs opened the night with an 11-0 run. There was 3:42 left on the clock in the first period before Memorial scored its first two points off free throws from Kennerson.

It was then the Lady Mustangs who had trouble scoring to start the second as Memorial scratched back to within five points at 19-14 with just over four minutes to go in the first half.

North Shore did not score in the second period until there was 4:05 on the clock.

The first half ended with a 12-5 North Shore run and then the Lady Mustangs doubled up the Lady Titans, 24-12, in the third to take a commanding 55-31 lead into the final period.

“There was a lot of lazy play tonight,” Henry said. “We looked like we were moving in quicksand. You can’t win like that. We did show some fight for a few minutes in the second and third. I don’t know if we were tired or just gave up. We have to go home, think about our mistakes and come back Friday for a new day.”

Memorial finishes off the regular season Tuesday with a road trip to Baytown Sterling.

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    The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
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    Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
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    • Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
     It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
    The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
    We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
    It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
    (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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