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GIRLS BASKETBALL — Indians drop one, win another Thursday

The Port Neches-Groves Indians were outrun by the Lumberton Raiders in their first game at the Lumberton Tip Off Classic on Thursday, but came together as a team to defeat the Tomball Cougars in their second.

Lumberton jumped forward in the first period outscoring the Indians by 11 points, and while they kept pace in the second, the Raiders came back out dominant in the second half to win 58-44.

“We weren’t ready to play,” PNG head coach Kara Skinner said. “I have to give credit to Lumberton. They hustled and ran the floor well, which hurt us in transition numerous times.”

Kayden Morris led the Raiders in scoring with 26 points. Mollee Priddy lead the Indians with 16 points, followed by Maylin Stampley with 10.

PNG 56, Tomball 45

The Indians had more success against Tomball in their second game and won 56-45. This time the Cougars started slow, trailing after the first period with a 13-point deficit. The Cougars outscored the Indians in the second period, but not enough to take the lead.

PNG added 21 more points in the second half and kept their lead.

Mollee Priddy had another good game leading the Indians with 24 points, while Maylin Stampley added 12. Eliza Lehmann of the Cougars lead her team in scoring with 16 points, followed by Paula Ruiz with 14.

“We had a much better performance this game,” Skinner said. “We executed the offense, made good reads on defense, just good team basketball. We’re hoping to keep building on this performance.”

The Indians were to play Concordia Lutheran in the Lumberton tournament.

Sabine Pass 60, Bob Hope 17

Freshman Charnel Jones scored more than half of the points the Sharks scored in their season-opening win over the Eagles on Friday.

Jones scored 31 points for Sabine Pass. Yainn Zuniga scored 13 points and had 11 steals, while Nevaeh Jones made six points and had nine steals.

Sabine Pass exploded in the second period with 20 points after a close and low-scoring first. The Sharks came back in the second half to score 19 in the third and 15 in the fourth, while Bob Hope was kept under 10 points in all four periods.

The Sharks will travel to Colmesneil to play the Bulldogs at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The Eagles will head to Deweyville for their 6 p.m. game on Tuesday.