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PREP ROUNDUP: Lady Titans move into tie for first in 21-5A

Staff reports

Whatever it takes for Memorial to win, Julia Sion helps the Lady Titans get there.

Sion finished with 22 points, shooting 6 of 9 from the floor, and the Lady Titans dodged defeat with a come-from-behind 63-60 girls basketball win over Vidor on Friday in Port Arthur.

The win moved Memorial (14-10, 8-1 in 21-5A) to a tie for first place in District 21-5A with Barbers Hill, which had a bye Friday.

The loss proves costly for Vidor (15-16, 4-6), which was tied with Dayton for fourth place going into Friday. The Pirates broke a 24-24 halftime tie and led 43-36 through three periods.

Sion earned a double-double with 14 rebounds. Dakayla Miller added 11 points and Denisha Anderson had eight in the win.

Memorial has another key district battle on Tuesday at Port Neches-Groves, which is just one game behind the Lady Titans in district standings. Memorial won the last meeting 46-45 in Port Arthur.



History was made on a rival’s court.

In Nederland, Port Neches-Groves outscored Nederland 14-2 in the second quarter and rode that momentum to a 22-point victory. The win secured the first-ever UIL playoff berth for the Indians’ girls basketball program.

Solid bench play gave the Indians (19-10, 7-2 in 21-5A) much needed energy in the fourth quarter, coach Kara Skinner said. Mollee Priddy had 15 points, five rebounds and six steals to lead PNG, while Maylin Stampley added nine points and four assists, and Kandice Comeaux and Julissa Gomez each poured in six points. Comeaux had three steals, and Gomez eight deflections.

Cassidy Thomas and Kadajia Valsin each scored eight points for Nederland (0-10 in 21-5A).

Nederland hosts Cleveland on Tuesday.



In Bridge City, Hannah Wiegreffe’s 12 points and Madison Fischer’s 11 were key to the Cardinals’ rout of the Longhorns.

BC (21-11, 5-4) led only 17-14 at halftime but eventually put the game out of reach with a 21-2 fourth quarter.

The Cardinals will visit Hardin-Jefferson on Tuesday.




In Vidor, the 5A ninth-ranked Titans (20-6, 7-1 in 21-5A) moved into first place in the district behind Steven Wilson’s 18 points and Amaree Abram’s 13.

The Titans slowly pulled away after leading 16-11 for a 27-17 halftime lead. It was 39-21 through three periods.

Vidor dropped to 12-12 and 0-8 in 21-5A.

The Titans will host PNG on Tuesday.




In Sour Lake, Jordan Minaldi, Phoebe Short, Hanna Foster and Brynn Landry connected with goals, and the Bulldogs (8-1-2) took a three-goal win over the Hawks.

Nederland took 29 shots and had 12 on target.

Morgan McBride saved four H-J shots in the win.

Nederland will visit Memorial on Tuesday.


PNG 5, C.E. KING 0

In Port Neches, Sophie Brant, Abby Reeves, Halley Smith, Mia Delgadillo and Zoe Scroggs each scored in a shutout win over Sheldon C.E. King.

PNG improved to 6-3-4 on the season and will visit 4A runner-up Jasper on Tuesday.

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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