, Port Arthur, Texas

December 6, 2013

PA girls squeak through


Gabriel Pruett
The Port Arthur News

BEAUMONT — The Port Arthur Memorial Lady Titans victory on Thursday at the YMBL Tournament in the Montagne Center took a little more work than what Coach Kevin Henry was wanting.

Especially since the Lady Titans were up 49-35 heading into the fourth period.

Memorial held off Lufkin to win 54-51 and advance to play at 6 p.m. Friday. There will be a second round game played at noon Friday to decide who the Lady Titans will face.

Memorial was led by Joyce Kennerson who finished with a team-high 25 points. Jakeira Ford added 14 points and nine rebounds.

The Lady Titans got off to a very slow start Thursday and did not score their first points until only four minutes remained in the first period. The points came in the form of a Talia Joyce three-pointer.

Memorial took its first lead with 4:30 left in the second period on a Ford basket to put the Lady Titans up 18-16. Autumn Jones then hit a three-pointer and Memorial built a 31-22 lead at the break.

The Lady Titans picked up the defensive pace in the second period and forced 26 turnovers in the first two frames.

“It was a slow start,” Henry said. “We missed a lot of layups early and then we played real sloppy in the second half. That is not to take away from Lufkin because they outworked us in the second half. I am not sure what happened. We might have started to feel too comfortable.”

The real drama started when Lufkin’s LaTasha Mack hit a three-pointer with 2:10 remaining in the game to close Memorial’s lead to 52-47. Mack finished with a game-high 27 points and 20 rebounds. Teammate LaTisha Collins had 12 points and seven boards.

After a Memorial basket, Lufkin hit two more shots to make the score 54-51 with 1:01 left on the clock.

The teams traded turnovers the rest of the game and Memorial grabbed a final rebound to secure the win.

Putnam West 63, Nederland 54

 A shot from 55 feet at the third-period buzzer was not enough to spark the Nederland Bulldogs over the Putnam West, Okla. Patriots. The Patriots, who are ranked No. 2 in Oklahoma, defeated Nederland 63-54.

The Patriots showed off deadly shooting for the entire game and right when the Bulldogs would close the gap, Putnam would force a turnover or two and go on a run.

Nederland’s Colton Weisbrod was responsible for the buzzer-beater in the third and he led all players with 31 points. He was a monster in the paint for the entire game.

Putnam, who was led by 20 points from Tyson Jolly, jumped out to a 21-10 lead after the first period.

Nederland chipped away at the lead and was behind 29-22 at the half. Putnam was then only up 45-42 after three periods as Weisbrod went for 10 points in the frame. He hit two, three-point plays and also hit the long three-pointer from beyond halfcourt.

Deondre Frank had seven points for the Bulldogs.

Tyler Toon, Nederland’s sharpshooter, was unavailable to play in the game.

Port Arthur Memorial 60, Fort Bend Ridge Point 51

An eight-point difference in the third period was the difference Thursday as the Titans defeated the Fort Bend Ridge Point Panthers, 60-51.

Memorial was up 29-27 at the break before outscoring Ridge Point 17-9 in the third.

Dorian Chatman and Joseph Williams each had 14 points for Memorial while Albert Jacobs finished with 10 points.

Dallas South Oak Cliff 89, Port Neches-Groves 37

It didn’t take long for Dallas SOC to show they are going to be a tough out in the tournament. SOC outscored PN-G 27-4 in the first period and led 38-16 at the half.

Dallas was then up 59-27 after the third before outscoring the Indians 29-10 in the fourth.

Kade Geoffroy led the Indians with nine points.

Devin McCullough finished with a game-high 22 points and JF Thomas had 18 points.

PN-G will play West Brook at 1:30 p.m. today in the Montagne Center.

West Orange-Stark 46, Beaumont West Brook 44

The Mustangs and Bruins remained close all game long and it was West Orange-Stark who took the win, 46-44.

The Mustangs were up 23-21 at the half and led 33-32 after three periods.

Laquarious Paige, who will play his college basketball at Indiana State, scored 19 points while teammate Brandon Joubert had 11 points.