Prep Roundup: Dogs heartbroken again in bi-district

Published 1:41 am Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The News staff reports

BAYTOWN — Reid Garrett’s buzzer-beating three-point basket got Nederland into overtime of a 5A boys basketball bi-district game against Humble.

They needed one more set of heroics to take it to double overtime.

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Humble, the District 21-5A champion, held on after making two insurance free throws to beat Nederland 59-56 on Tuesday. The loss ended the Bulldogs’ season at 26-10.

Nederland got a steal after Darrell Jones made two free throws, and Garrett capitalized when his three-ball beat the buzzer. Nederland pulled within one point twice in the final seconds, but Humble (28-6) answered with a pair of free throws both times.

Humble led 23-20 at halftime and 34-28 going into the fourth.

Jones led the Bulldogs with 18 points. Kevin Howard ruled the paint with 14 points, eight rebounds and four blocks, Garrett finished with 10, and Hayden Hefner chipped in eight points.


JASPER — Jamyus Jones did everything he could to advance Sabine Pass to the 2A area round.

He scored 55 points, making 60 percent from the field and all four of his free throws. He added two assists.

But Jones and Sabine Pass were still eight points shy of victory.

Two Pineywoods Community Academy players each scored 30 or more points Tuesday in a bi-district playoff, and the Timberwolves dodged the Sharks with a 100-93 win.

Jones hit 24 of 40 from the floor in all 32 minutes of work, as the Sharks (8-18) tried to storm back from an 81-68 deficit through three periods. Pineywoods, of Lufkin, led 49-48 at halftime.

“They had a great game tonight,” SP coach Scott Hagedorn said of Pineywoods. “The third quarter and rebounding got us, but they played extremely hard and left it all out there.”

But Jones scored 15 points in the fourth quarter to give the Sharks a chance. They had pulled within 96-90 with 25 seconds left.

Daniel Sam added 28 points for SP, making 11 of 14 free throws in the process.

Pineywoods had four players score in double figures, led by Michael Williams’ 32 and MaRozzney House’s 31.



PORT NECHES — Preston Riggs scored twice, sparking Port Neches-Groves (15-1-2, 8-0 in 22-5A) to a shutout of Ozen.

Colton Stone and Mario Oceguera scored as well. Christian Davalos and Preston Hughes were credited with assists.

PNG visits Vidor on Friday.


Port Arthur Memorial and Livingston moved their District 22-5A match to Memorial Stadium because of flooding in Livingston, and the move paid off for the Titans.

Kevin Preciado came up with the go-ahead goal with 5 minutes left, and the Titans (4-9-1, 4-3-1 in 22-5A), who had led 2-0 early, escaped with the win.

Cristian Lua broke away for the Titans’ first goal 6 minutes into the contest. Sergio Sanchez was credited for the assist.

Robert Guzman made it 2-0 just 2 minutes later when he scored on a penalty kick. But Livingston eventually evened the score before halftime.

Preciado’s winning goal started with a corner kick and an assist from Ricky Monreal.

Livingston had 16 shots on goal to Memorials 15. Ricardo Green made nine saves.

Memorial will host Lumberton on Friday.


NEDERLAND — Lumberton scored a goal in each half, and Nederland (8-7-1, 4-4 in 22-5A) suffered a tough defeat.

“The first one came in the first half with one minute left when we didn’t clear the lines,” Nederland coach Torrey Gomez said. “The second was at the end of the second half off a free kick. It was one of those games when you feel the soccer gods aren’t smiling on you as we played rather well. We created plenty of chances and were a bit unlucky.”

Central will visit Nederland on Friday.



LUMBERTON — Meg Sheppard tallied two goals and two assists, helping the Bulldogs (12-1-2, 6-1-1 in 22-5A) earn a big win over the Raiders.

For Nederland, Madison Ledet and Haley Dugas each scored. Destyn Miguez and Lauryn Hughes each made an assist.

Nederland will host Central at Bulldog Stadium on Friday.

PNG 17, OZEN 0

BEAUMONT — Port Neches-Groves pulled off a hat trick three times against Ozen.

That’s a hat trick in itself.

Elizabeth Bolyard, Jillian Flores and Mia Delgadillo each scored three goals, and the Indians made it a miserable night against the Panthers in District 22-5A play Tuesday.

Flores wasn’t done there. She also dished three assists.

But the high-assist honor for the night went to Hailey Loupe, who dished four to go along with two goals of her own. Grace Seymour totaled two goals and two assists.

Matti McGraw, Emilee Doucet, Mackenzie Tindel and Kacie Wallace also scored as well. Kaylee Landry had two assists, and Bolyard and Doucet each added one.

PNG will host Vidor at 7 p.m. Friday.


At Memorial Stadium, Yudith Banda made the difference for the Titans.

Banda evened the score in regulation and converted a penalty kick in overtime to give Memorial  (7-5-1, 4-4 in 22-5A) the win. She was clipped from behind on a breakaway, prompting the extra attempt.

Banda made a 30-yard shot in regulation.

Memorial coach Phillip Mattingly credited the play of Grettel Vazauez, who moved from the defense to forward.

Memorial will head to Lumberton on Friday.



LIBERTY — A six-run sixth inning ended the Indians’ night early with a win.

PNG (5-3) posted three runs in the third, all on an Alexis LaBure home run. Brooke Smith and Kaitlyn Boudreaux each doubled in the sixth.

Rachel Hammersmith batted 3 for 3, stole three bases and scored three runs. LaBure went 2 for 4 with four RBI and two runs scored. Smith was 2 for 2, Callie Jourdan was 2 for 4 with two runs, and Kasidee Sartin drove in another run as she was 1 for 1.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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