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Strong Fourth Quarter Propels Crockett Girls Past Coldspring

Dea’Junique James records a season-high 38 points.Dea’Junique James records a season-high 38 points.Crockett Lady Bulldogs toppled undefeated district leader Coldspring 55-49 in a Monday night road game, putting them in a four-way for first place.

Coldspring, New Waverly, Anderson-Shiro and Crockett all sit atop the District 21-3A standings with just one loss.

"We pulled off a huge victory," said Lady Bulldogs Head Coach TaNesia Johnson. "We struggled in the first half. We were getting looks, but just couldn't get anything to fall. Then after the break we turned on the switch, got fired up, picked up the intensity, and played our style of ball!"

Coldspring had no answer for junior Dea'Junique James' 38-point performance, especially her 24 -point outburst in the fourth quarter.
"Dea'Junique stepped up big offensively," said Coach Johnson, who noted this was a season high for James and equalled the career high she recorded last season against Elkhart.

Johnson added, "Mercedes (James) did a tremendous job on defense to stop their point guard."

Coldspring led 11-10 lead after the first quarter, which ended with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Dea'Junique James.

The Lady Trojans went up 21-12 midway through the second during a 10 to 2 run in which only Shelby Corry managed to get a shot to fall. A bucket by James and two by Jaida Lockhart finally got Crockett back within three points, only to have Coldspring go up 24-18 at halftime.

The Lady Bulldogs would get within four points several times in the third quarter, but found themselves trailing 34-27 heading into the fourth.

Crockett then dominated the final stanza 28-15 to seal the victory.

Rounding out Crockett's scoring were Lockhart with 6, Tynaisha McKnight and Mercedes James with 4 apiece, and Corry with 3.
"Coldspring is a really good well-rounded, well-coached team. They made us earn everything, and I LOVE games like that!" added Johnson.

The Lady Dogs (4-1) got a much deserved rest Tuesday with a district bye as they prepare for a home game Friday against Anderson-Shiro to wrap up the first half of district.

District Race Begins For 20-2A Girls Teams

The District 20-2A girls race got underway Friday night with Lovelady, Grapeland and Centerville posting opening night victories.

Lovelady easily defeated Groveton 50-22 on its home court, Grapeland handled Dallardsville Big Sandy 45-27 at home, and Centerville edged Latexo 58-43 on the road.

Two of the district's teams boast lofty state rankings. Centerville (17-5) is ranked No. 17 in the TABC state poll and tied for No. 25 in the TGCA rankings. Grapeland (21-5) is ranked No. 24 by the TABC.

Tuesday's schedule had Latexo at Lovelady, Grapeland at Groveton and Centerville at Big Sandy.

On Friday, Grapeland hosts Lovelady, Latexo hosts Big Sandy for its homecoming game, and Groveton faces Centerville.

Kennard Girls Fall In Overtime

Martinsville outlasted Kennard 51-48 in overtime in a District 28-A girls matchup Tuesday night.

After falling behind 13-9 in the first quarter, the Lady Tigers outscored their hosts 11-9 in the middle two frames to knot the score at 31-all at the end of three.

Both teams scored 12 in the final period, leaving the score tied 43-all and forcing overtime. Martinsville outscored Kennard 8-5 for the victory.

Teriana Johnson led the Lady Tigers with 22 points.

The Lady Tigers had an open date Friday before hosting Chester for a district contest Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Kennard Boys Beat Martinsville

The Kennard Tigers improved to 2-0 in district with a 68-41 road win over Martinsville on Tuesday night.
Chris Dias led Kennard in double figures with 19 points and Austin Griffin followed with 16.

After a non-district game against Alto on Friday, the Tigers resume district play this week with a Tuesday home against Chester and a Friday trip to Burkeville.

Crockett Boys Notch District Victory Over Trinity

Crockett Bulldogs took control early in the game and kept the pressure on Trinity to win 59-38 at home Tuesday night.

The Bulldogs (1-1) came out with their foot on the gas pedal and raced to a 16-7 lead after a quarter. They extended it to a 32-12 halftime advantage and 50-26 heading into the final frame.

"Defensively, I'm pleased with what we did. I have to find a way for my shooter B.J. (Anderson) to get to the basket on an off-night, but I thought defensively we made up for it. We got turnovers and we got stops when we needed them," said Bulldog Head Coach Kadrian Bryant. "We want to keep teams in the 50-under range and we did that tonight."

Jurmond Wooten paced the Bulldogs with 14 points, in addition to collecting 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 4 assists.

Tyress Anderson canned 10 points (1 trey), along with recording a team-high 6 deflections, 4 rebounds, 1 block, and 2 assists.

B.J. Anderson booked 6 points (2 treys), along with getting 3 rebounds, 2 deflections, 1 steal and 1 assist.

Lucky Daniels scored 6 points (4 of 4 free throws), while also logging 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 deflections.

Scoring 5 apiece were Drew Corry with 1 trey and 1 rebound, and Harvey Stewart, who had 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

Tossing in 4 apiece were Marcus Shedd, who had 2 rebounds, and Alton Owens, who had 3 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 deflection.
Ahmad Brown scored 3 points, pulled down 6 rebounds, and had 1 steal.

Keshaun Smotherman chipped in a free throw, along with getting 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists.

Derrick Sherman had a free throw, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. Marcus Smith had 1 rebound, 1 deflection and 1 assist.
The Bulldogs, who made a trip to Coldspring on Friday, have a bye on Tuesday. They'll get back to business Friday, Jan. 13 when Anderson-Shiro visits The Hop.

"If we find a way to put the ball in the basket, move the ball and finish around the rim, I think we can make a run for the district championship," added Bryant.

Lady Dogs Back On Winning Track

Coming off the Christmas break, the Crockett Lady Bulldogs didn't show any signs of rust as they breezed to a 70-16 district win over Trinity in a Tuesday night home game.

Crockett jumped out to an 18-3 lead after a quarter of play and extended it to 39-9 at intermission.
The Lady Dogs outscored Trinity 18 to 3 in the third to build a 57-12 lead.

"My first five got it done early and quickly to allow my bench to step up and play," said Lady Bulldog Head Coach TaNesiah Johnson, who teams sits at 3-1 in district play. "I didn't want to rest my starting five too much because we're still working on conditioning after the holiday layoff. My backups were ready, but like I told them, we all still could still get better."

Dea'Junique James and Shelby Corry (3 treys) tossed in 13 apiece to lead Crockett in double figures.

All 10 players suited up for the game contributed on the scoreboard. Alinjah McKnight scored 8, Tynaisha McKnight 7, Jaida Lockhart 6, Anastasia Bolton 5 (1 trey), Katelin Holmes 5 (1 trey), Dea'Veon Farris 5, Mercedes James 4, and Tracina Moten 4.

"We did good tonight. We're changing things and working on some stuff because we have a big, big game coming up Friday against Coldspring at their place," said Coach Johnson. "We'll have to come back ready to work tomorrow and Thursday, and try to get us a W in Coldspring. It's a huge game."

Coldspring (3-0), which had a bye Tuesday, has posted wins over Onalaska, New Waverly and Trinity.

After the showdown with Coldspring, the Lady Bulldogs have a district bye Tuesday and resume play Friday, Jan. 13 at home against Anderson-Shiro to complete the first half of their district schedule.

During the Christmas break the Lady Bulldogs hosted a non-district game Thursday, Dec. 29 against Brook Hill Academy (Bullard) and won by a lopsided margin.

"I was skeptical about how we'd perform against Brook Hill coming off the holidays and the mandatory five-day break. It was rough at first, but we got our win. We only had one day of practice on Wednesday and played the next day. That practice was mostly conditioning," said Coach Johnson. "We're still getting back into shape, but tonight we did good against Trinity."

Crockett girls will start the second round of district Tuesday, Jan. 17 at home against Hempstead.

"We're starting the second round, so it's going by fast. We're in a smaller district that has only seven teams. Having the bye in district kind of hurts us because we want to play. We don't need any days off," added Johnson.