The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

January 4, 2013

Greenville Lady Lions, Lions play back-to-back games

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ROUNDUP

By DAVID CLAYBOURN
Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE —   Greenville basketball fans will enjoy a rare treat tonight as the Lady Lions and Lions varsity teams play back-to-back at home.

  Both GHS teams will be entertaining McKinney North in District 13-4A play at the GHS Lions Den. The junior varsity girls game starts first at 5 p.m., with the varsity girls to follow at about 6:30 and the varsity boys to tip off at around 8.

  The old Greenville Middle School gymnasium will hold three more games with the junior varsity boys starting at 5, followed by the freshman boys and then the freshman girls.

  The Lady Lions and Lions have not played back-to-back district games in many years. They’ve traditionally played in opposite gyms with the boys or girls being at home and the other team at the opponent’s gym. This format change is a new District 13-4A policy.

  It’ll be the 11-10 Lions’ first home game since Nov. 24, when they lost to Paris. The Lions avenged that loss by beating Paris 64-54 in the championship game of the Paris tournament on Dec. 29. That was the Lions’ first tournament title since 2004.

  “We have been road-tested,” said Lions coach Marcus Smith.

  Smith said the Lions originally had a home game scheduled for December but didn’t get to play it because of a conflict.

  They’re taking on a McKinney North Bulldog team that is 1-1 in district play.

  “They’re not all that tall,” said Smith. “They lost a 6-9 guy to graduation. They still have great shooters and mostly guard play.”

  Smith said the Lions’ defense turned up its level of play at the Paris tournament.

“In this tournament we both had great defense and we pushed the ball down the floor,” he said. “We played our style.”

  The Lions are 0-2 in district play including losses of 65-48 to Wylie and 65-59 to Wylie East.

  The 11-7 Lady Lions will be playing their first home game since Dec. 14, when they lost a 45-43 heartbreaker to Lucas Lovejoy.

  The Lady Lions are 1-3 in District 13-4A after winning their last game 52-49 over Wylie East on Dec. 21.

  They’re playing a McKinney North team that is ranked No. 7 in Class 4A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.

  “What’s crucial for us is to play our basketball game,” said Lady Lions coach Lesa Darst. “We didn’t have a tournament (during the holidays) so we had a good week of preparation.”

  Elizabeth Rutherford led the Lady Lions against Wylie East with 23 points. Mackenzie Cooper chipped in 14 points and Maddy Crabtree added 10 points and four steals.



Boles 73,

Blue Ridge 36

  QUINLAN — The Boles Hornets upped their season record to 13-3 with a 73-36 victory over Blue Ridge on Thursday.

  Hunter Jordan paced the Hornets with 22 points, while Bailey Isom tossed in 17, Ross Bostick added 16 and Caleb Samples chipped in 10.

                     District 15-A boys

Blue Ridge    8    11      5    12    —36 

Boles           16    18    17    22    —73

  BR: Brody Worth 10, Thomas Weatherford 8, Ty Agan 6.

  B: Hunter Jordan 22, Ross Bostick 16, Bailey Isom 17, Caleb Samples 10, Josh Monroe 4, Cameron Walker 4.

  Record: B 13-3.

  Next game: Sam Rayburn at Boles, JV, V-G,V-B, 1 p.m. Saturday.



Celeste (girls) 33,

Trenton 22

  CELESTE — Celeste’s Lady Devils reached the 20-win mark for the season with a 33-22 win over Trenton on Thursday.

  Haley Trentham tossed in 15 points to lead the Lady Devils, who are now 20-2 for the season and 4-1 in District 15-A.

                District 15-A girls

Trenton    5    3    10    4    —22

Celeste    5    7    6    15    —33

  T: Wall 7, Acklin 7.

  C: Haley Trentham 15, Tiffany Crossland 7, Madalyne Pearce 4, Devon Jackson 2, Morgan Lewis 5.

  Record: C 20-2, 4-1.

  Next game: Celeste at Sam Rayburn, Tuesday.



Winnsboro 58,

Lone Oak (girls) 26

  WINNSBORO — The Winnsboro Lady Red Raiders defeated the Lone Oak Lady Buffaloes 58-26 Thursday in District 14-2A play.

  Hannah Pinnell banked in 18 points for the Lady Red Raiders, while Dannie Mabry pumped in 13.

  Alyssa Busby tallied eight for the Lady Buffaloes, while Caitlin Kimberlin added five for Lone Oak.

                     District 14-2A girls

Lone Oak      4      7    12      3    —26

Winnsboro    9    15    12    22    —58

  LO: Alyssa Busby 8, Caitlin Kimberlin 5, Ashleigh Dodwell 4, Sara Richardson 4, Chelsea Rigsby 2, Hanah Nichol 2, Kinsey Patton 1.

  W: Hannah Pinnell 18, Dannie Mabry 13, Mackenzie Swanner 8, Bailey Swanner 6, Johnson 6, Busby 5, Crow 2.

  Next game: Como-Pickton at Lone Oak, noon, Saturday

                     Junior varsity girls

Lone Oak      0      8      4     0    —12

Winnsboro    7    12    12    11    —42

  LO: Hannah Wooten 4, Taylor Pippin 4, Rebecca Schumann 2, Meagan Moore 2.

  W: Often 12, Thomas 10, Jones 7, Thompson 6, Knight 4, Murdock 2, Thurman 1.



Trenton 59,

Celeste 42

  CELESTE — Trenton outscored Celeste 25-15 in the fourth quarter on the way to a 59-42 District 15-A win over the Blue Devils on Thursday.

  Braden Morrow led Celeste with 15 points and Justin Heuber pumped in 11.

  Lane Henderson of Trenton led all scorers with 24 points.

                 District 15-A boys

Trenton      6    12    16    25    —59

Celeste    12      7      8    15    —42

  T: Lane Henderson 24, Alex Meyer 11, Bailey Burks 8, Dylan McCarley 8,  Brandon Stone 4, Kyle Wylie 2, Slater Stone 2.

  C: Braden Morrow 15, Justin Heuber 11, Tim Herman 5, Austin Shatto 5, Blake Garcia 4, Cody Evans 2.

  Record: C 6-12, 2-1.

  Next game: Yantis at Celeste, 6 p.m. today.

                Junior varsity boys

Trenton    5    6      6    11    —28

Celeste    6    6    13    11    —36

  T: Hunter Parsons 10, Cody Huff 9.

  C: Micah McCaslin 11, Gavin Corley 8.

  Record: C 7-1, 3-0.



Cumby (girls) 53,

Wolfe City 39

  WOLFE CITY — Brenna Gay produced 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead Cumby to a 53-39 District 15-A win over Wolfe City on Thursday.

  Alex Duck pulled down eight rebounds for Cumby and Candice Horrocks had seven rebounds.

                     District 15-A girls

Cumby       15    10    16    12    —53

Wolfe City    4      9      7    19    —39

  C: Kayla Akers 5, Candice Horrocks 6, Alex Duck 5, Grace Campbell 6, Madison Thomas 9, Brenna Gay 22.

  Record: C 8-15, 2-3.

  Next game: Blue Ridge at Cumby, 2 p.m. Saturday.

                     Junior varsity girls

Cumby           4    6    6    0    —16

Wolfe City    10    3    9    9    —31

  C: Bailey Braddock 4, McKenzie Fyke 8, Taylor Petty 4.