The Port Arthur News
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.
North Shore boys 83, Memorial 50
GALENA PARK — Thursday night was not much better for the Memorial boys against North Shore.
The No. 9 Mustangs avenged an earlier season loss to the Titans with an 83-50 victory.
North Shore jumped out to a 22-2 lead after the first period and then led 41-19 at halftime.
Memorial, who got 16 points from Torian Lott and 11 from Darren Williams, was then outscored 21-16 in the third and 21-20 in the fourth.
Jarrey Foster had 15 points for North Shore and was one of four players in double figures for the Mustangs.
Memorial will be at home Tuesday against Baytown Sterling.
Central boys 89, PN-G 34 (Wednesday)
BEAUMONT - The Beaumont Central Jaguars are still one game behind Nederland for the 20-4A lead after winning Wednesday and watching the Bulldogs victory Thursday.
Central defeated Port Neches-Groves 89-34 Wednesday to improve to 8-2 in league play. PN-G is now 6-20 overall and 3-7 in 20-4A.
The Jaguars, who got 20 points from Harrison, were up 13-7 after the first period and had a 34-13 lead at the break.
Central then poured it on in the second half. The Jaguars outscored the Indians 29-13 in the third and 26-8 in the fourth.
John Dubois had a team-high seven points for PN-G who plays host to Nederland Friday.