HALLSVILLE, Texas – Texas High and Pleasant Grove both finished the Hallsville Fidelity Communications Girls Classic Saturday with perfect 3-0 and 4-0 records, respectively. Liberty-Eylau’s girls lost a heart-breaker to Nacogdoches for their first setback in the event to finish 3-1.
The Lady Tigers faced little competition in beating Center, 69-14. THS led 22-2 after the first quarter, and 41-3 at intermission. Antonio Porter outscored Center by herself, 19-14.
“I thought our kids played hard and together after the break,” Texas High coach Craig Collvins said. “You are always worried about shaking off the rust and conditioning after the holidays.
“I thought we shot the ball really well all three games, and played great transitional offense and defense. Hopefully, we can carry those things into our next district game.”
Texas High’s boys won the consolation title in the Idabel Winter Classic, defeating the host Warriors, 71-67. Six-foot-six sophomore C.J. Kelley poured in 25 points for the Tigers. He was rewarded by being named to the all-tournament team. Caleb Wilson scored 14, while Kyle Wright added 13 for the Tigers.
Pleasant Grove girls win ninth straight in holiday event
Pleasant Grove’s girls won their ninth straight game in routing Houston Heights, 62-38. Monique Walker led the winners with 18 points, while Madeline Haak scored 17 and Sha’Nequa Henry contributed 13.
The Lady Hawks are 11-5 on the year.
Nacogdoches’ girls had 36 opportunities at the free throw line, while Liberty-Eylau had 16, as the Lady Dragons edged L-E, 42-40. Derica Henderson scored eight points for the Lady Leopards, now 12-10 on the season.
Liberty-Eylau’s boys lost the consolation final in the Leroy Romines Memorial tournament to Pine Tree, 71-55. Isaiah Cross and Kentraile Akins led the Leopards’ offense with 11 points each, while Kamron Green contributed 10.
Pleasant Grove’s boys trailed all the way in the Paris tournament semifinals to Waxahachie, 81-48. Xavier Benson led the Hawks (12-2) with 13 points. The Hawks lost the third place game to host Paris, 60-49.