Lady Lions post District 18-5A win over Caney Creek

GRANGERLAND—The Livingston Lady Lions evened their District 18-5A record to 1-1 after posting a 67-54 win over the Caney Creek Panthers on Tuesday.

Jhonrekia Ramsey-Dunn and D'Asia Ivory led the Lady Lions with 27 and 18 points, respectively. Takira Taylor scored eight points and the trio of Maenesha Bogany, Sky Harrison and Shykia Phillips all added four points apiece. Jordan Potter rounded out the scorecard with two points.

D'Asia Ivory scored the first 12 points for Livingston, including all eight in the first quarter. The game was tied at 2, 4 and 8-all during the first eight minutes. Caney Creek took the lead on a pair of free throws with 1:10 left to end the first frame with a 10-8 lead.

Ivory scored two free throws and a field goal in the first minute of the second frame to give the Lions a 12-10 lead. The Lions then outscored the Panthers 19-9 the rest of the way to lead 31-19 at the break. Ivory finished with six points. Shykia Phillips, Ramsey-Dunn and Maenesha Bogany all scored four points and Takira Taylor and Jordan Potter pitched in two points apiece.

Both teams scored 17 points in the third frame as Livingston maintained their 12 point lead heading into the fourth frame. Ramsey-Dunn spearheaded the third quarter by scoring 11 of the Lions 17 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

The two teams traded punches and combined for 37 points in the final quarter. Livingston edged the Lady Panthers 19-18 to finish the contest with a 13 point advantage.

Ramsey-Dunn added 12 of her game high 27 points in the final frame. Takira Taylor, who led the team with nine rebounds, two steals and three assists, scored four of her eight points in the fourth. Ivory finished with two points and Sky Harrison tossed in one free throw for the Lady Lions. Ivory also led the team with six assists plus had two rebounds and one blocked shot.

Close behind Taylor in the rebound department were Ivory and Ramsey-Dunn with seven boards apiece. Shykia Phillips grabbed six rebounds and recorded a team high seven blocked shots. Teammate Nykia Youngblood hauled in four rebounds and Kenzi Leggett, Sky Harrison and Jasmine Randolph all had two rebounds apiece.

Corrigan-Camden foe Newton defeated at state championship

The Newton Eagles fell one step short of a state championship in a 41-22 loss to the Waskom Wildcats Thursday night.

Newton traveled a long journey to get to Arlington, not just in the 250 miles, but in momentum as well. The East Texas school in Corrigan-Camden's District 11 3-A Division II lost three of its first four contests of the season to Tatum (39-7), Henderson (41-32) and Orangefield (26-20).

From there, the Eagles rolled off an 11-0 record for a chance at the sport's ultimate goal.
Offenses sputtered a bit in the first period, as the two schools remained scoreless. Things changed in the second quarter with a Waskom touchdown run of 51 yards by Dillon Benton, who was sprung by good downfield blocking.

A strong Newton drive on the ground was punctuated by running back Calum Foster (117 yards rushing, two total TDs) for eight yards. Newton completed a pass from Roney Elam to Tanner Holmes in the back of the end zone for a two-point conversion and an 8-7 lead.
Waskom's Chan Amie took the next kickoff 88-yards down the sideline for a touchdown. A failed attempt kept the score at 13-8, Wildcats. They weren't finished there, however, scoring once again with quarterback Chase Carter to make it 20-8 just 40 seconds before the halftime gun.

Only one pass was thrown in the half other than the two-point conversion. The pass was from a Newton halfback and incomplete on fourth down to turn the ball over.

After taking the second half kickoff, Waskom marched 85 yards and ending on another Amie touchdown run, this time from five yards out.

With just over a minute left in the third, Amie, the game's most valuable player, made yet another play. At the Newton two, the junior stripped the ball, where Keileon Johnson snatched it and fell into the end zone for a 34-8 advantage. The versatile Amie also ended the game with 23 tackles.

Newton did not quit. With over six minutes in the game, Gabe Foster scored on a tough eight-yard run breaking three tackles on his way to the end zone. Down 34-15, the Eagles tried an onside kick, which was not successful.

With no need to hurry, Waskom bled the clock from 6:01 to 2:13, scoring again on a one-yard run from Junebug Johnson.

In the game's last minutes, Elam threw a 43-yard screen pass to Gabe Foster to give Newton a final score on the season.

Missed scoring opportunities pave route for Lady Cougar victory

BY LINDA JACOBS, Enterprise staff

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LIVINGSTON—The Livingston Lady Lions got off to a good start against the College Station Cougars, outscoring the visitors from Brazos County 12-11 in the opening frame for the early lead. Unfortunately, during the middle two frames things went due south for the Lady Lions as the Cougars outscored the home team 41-22 enroute to a 62-45 finish in District 18-5A basketball action.

Takira Taylor (15) of Livingston drives in the paint for a lay-up after picking off a pass against the College Station Lady Cougars during hoop action Friday night  (Staff) photo by Linda Jacobs.Takira Taylor (15) of Livingston drives in the paint for a lay-up after picking off a pass against the College Station Lady Cougars during hoop action Friday night (Staff) photo by Linda Jacobs.The Lady Lions played hard and hustled but missed scoring opportunities on the floor and at the free throw line hindered the team Friday night.

"We had 25 missed shots in the paint and probably about 10 or 12 of them were layups, so that's 20-24 points right there," commented Lady Lion head coach Dan Baird, whose team fell to 1-2 in league play and 8-8 for the season. The Lady Lions also connected just 6-of-18 from the free throw line.

"I think we're more athletic than them, but they played smarter than us. We were doing some good things but then we're giving it right back to them. You can't be aggressive offensively and actually make our layups and then not get back defensively and give up easy baskets.
"I'm not going to make excuses, we just didn't get it done. As badly as I wanted to win this game and as much as I thought that we were the better team, obviously, that didn't show tonight."

The district win for the Lady Cougars was their first of the year after having lost to both Willis and Bryan Rudder in their first two district matchups. They are now 9-6 for the season.
Livingston opened district with a loss to the Bryan Vikings and then defeated Caney Creek for a 1-1 start. The Lady Lions are now off through Christmas and will return to the court on Monday, Dec. 29, when both the Lady Lions and the Lions will host tournaments. There will be 34 girls teams and 16 boys teams vying for tournament titles during the three-day event.
Opening quarter

Jhonrekia Ramsey-Dunn started the scoring action for the Lady Lions by popping in a three-pointer with 7:45 on the clock. The two teams would exchange leads four times and there were three ties during the first eight minutes. Dunn would finish with nine of Livingston's 12 first quarter points.

Both Dunn and D'Asia Ivory would lead the Lady Lions with 14 points in the game. All other Lions were held to single digits. Jasmine Randolph finished with five points, followed by Shykia Phillips, four; Maeneisha Bogany and Takira Taylor added two points each and Nykiah Youngblood scored one free throw for the Lady Lions.

The Cougars knotted the score 12-all with a free throw at the start of the second frame. Ramsey-Dunn scored on a short baseline jumper for Livingston's last lead of the game, 14-12 with 7:33 on the clock.

Raenetta Hughes, who led all scorers with 17 points, tied the game at 14 with 7:22 on the clock. College Station never trailed again as they finished with a 21-9 advantage in the second frame to take a 32-21 halftime lead.

Second half
The Cougars stretched their lead to 13 points in the first two minutes of the third quarter, leading 36-23 with 6:21 on the clock. Livingston managed to cut the margin to seven points midway in the quarter when D'Asia Ivory drove the lane for an inside hoop at the 4:02 mark, 38-31.

The well went dry for the Lady Lions as they scored just three more points in the third. Just the opposite for the Cougars who deposited 14 points to take a commanding 18 point lead at the end of the third, 52-34.

The Lady Lions managed to outscore the Cougars 11-10 in the fourth. Jasmine Randolph pitched in all five of her points in the final quarter, including a three-pointer in the final minute of play. Takira Taylor got a steal and layup in the fourth and teammates D'Asia Ivory and Sky Harrison both connected on outside shots for the Lady Lions.

JV/Freshman vs.Cougars
The freshman Lady Lions were defeated 33-21 and the JV's fell by a 35-22 margin to the Cougars.

Top freshman scorers were, Ayramee Cooper, seven; Ryan Richards and Kierra Jackson, five apiece; Brooke Thomas and Ashley King, two points each.

The JV Lady Lions were led by Amya Handy and Brianna Hutchinson who scored six points apiece, followed by Wendi Allen, four; Ara Richardson, three; De'Breonia Cooper, two; and Destani Jackson, one free throw.

Nederland charges late to defeat Big Sandy in tournament championship


SOUR LAKE—The Nederland Bulldogs overcame a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime and then won the final battle against Big Sandy to post a 57-50 victory in the championship game of the Hardin-Jefferson Marathon basketball tournament over the weekend.
Angel Bullock (23) drives in for a layup during recent hoop action. Bullock and the Wildcats finished second behind Class 5A Nederland in the Hardin-Jefferson tournament Saturday. Bullock was named to the All-Tournament team. (Staff photo by Linda Jacobs)Angel Bullock (23) drives in for a layup during recent hoop action. Bullock and the Wildcats finished second behind Class 5A Nederland in the Hardin-Jefferson tournament Saturday. Bullock was named to the All-Tournament team. (Staff photo by Linda Jacobs)The Wildcats of head coach Kevin Foster turned a lot of heads during the 3-day, 16-team tournament by posting big wins over state ranked Class 3A teams Kountze (#3) and Buna (#8) plus defeated Class 5A Longview and Class 4A Hudson and Little Cypress-Mauriceville before meeting up with the Class 5A Bulldogs in the tournament finale.
Big Sandy, currently 13-2 and ranked #1 in the latest TABC Class 2A basketball poll, had the Bulldogs up against the wall in the championship, leading by 13 points entering the final frame.
Running out of steam, the Wildcats went cold and scored just one point in the final eight minutes. Nederland answered with 14 points to knot the score 40-all and force overtime. The Bulldogs outscored the 'Cats 17-10 to win 57-50 and take home the top prize.
Big Sandy had opened the tournament Thursday with wins over Kountze 77-71 and Longview 61-55. On Friday, the Wildcats defeated LC-M 62-47 and knocked off Buna 80-49 in the first game of Gold Bracket play.
On Saturday, the Wildcats edged the Hudson Hornets 51-50 to advance to the championship game against Nederland, who had defeated Wylie East 51-47 in overtime to reach the tournament championship.
Here's a look at the games played Saturday in the Silver bracket.
Tatum 72, Shepherd 48
Longview 62, Huffman 52
LC-M 67, Anahuac 26
South Beauregard 70, Chapel Hill 35
Chapel Hill 73, Anahuac 60
LC-M 48, South Beauregard 43
Huffman 49, Shepherd 41
Longview 54, Tatum 52 (OT)
Gold Bracket games
Here's how the teams fared in Gold Bracket play on Saturday.
Wylie East 68, Hardin-Jeff 54
Nederland 76, Kountze 61
Hudson 45, Aransas Pass 44
Hardin-Jeff 90, Kountze 76
Buna 64, Aransas Pass 52
Nederland 51, Wylie East 47 (OT)
Hardin-Jeff 55, Buna 45
Wylie East 64, Hudson 46
All-Tournament Team
Both Angel Bullock and Trent Williams were named to the All-Tournament team from Big Sandy.

Suffocating defense aids Corrigan-Camden in district home opener

Girls Basketball Action

BY BRIAN BESCH, Enterprise staff
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An easy win was welcomed by the Corrigan-Camden girls in their first district home game Tuesday, a 58-18 beating of the Newton Lady Eagles.

A stifling opening quarter from the Lady Dog defense allowed only two field goals on their way to a 21-5 stretch.

Corrigan defenders stopped passing lanes and any attempts at penetration. The bad shots Newton was forced to take did not help the visitors' cause.

The Corrigan man-to-man defense was just as stingy in the second period, allowing three field goals and just seven total points.

"What we have improved on is we are getting in basketball shape," Corrigan-Camden Coach Megan Daniel said. "That's always what they need, especially to run teams up and down the court. Free throw-wise, in one game of the Goodrich tournament, we missed 21. Today, we only missed five, so that is an improvement and those are areas that we need to improve on. There are other things that we need to still improve on and that's boxing out. We have to; we can't give teams three chances."

The offense was not as quick on fast breaks after the initial eight minutes, allowing the Lady Eagle stoppers a chance to set up its scheme. Settling for more outside shots, shooting percentages and points were reduced from that of the first quarter. However, hustle on the other end of the court made sure that did not matter.

The home team may have saved their best for the second half, surrendering a single field goal and three points in each of the last two frames. The half produced a deeper rotation of players seeing action in a contest that had been decided by the end of the third with a 50-15 lead.

"Coming out for games like these when you can include the whole team, those are always our favorite games. As a coach, I'm always going to see things we can work and improve on, and that's what I was doing today — fixing the errors from the previous game."

Lynesha Square led all scores with 21, freshman Zalaya Thomas added 11, and Bre' Aisha Drayton rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10. Two Lady Eagles shared team high point with six.
The win is much needed after beginning District 22-3A with a 23-point loss to what Daniel said is a strong Nacogdoches Central Heights team.

"We started out (in district) last week and not the way we wanted to. But, we started out with the toughest team, in my opinion. I think they are ranked 24 in the state. They're going to be the top team to beat. We've also got Woodville and they're a pretty good team, Woden is a pretty good team and Pollok Central is also good. There's some pretty good talent that's coming our way, so it's a good district."

Up next for the Lady Dogs is a trip north of Lufkin and a district game with Pollok Central.

"Friday we are playing Pollok Central and they are a pretty good team. I know they graduated a couple of seniors, but they are going to be a strong team. Then, we turn around and play Hemphill. We've already played Hemphill this year, but again, when it's district, you always come to play."

Strong third quarter leads Lions to victory

Basketball Action

BY LINDA JACOBS, Enterprise staff
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LIVINGSTON—A crucial third quarter proved to be the difference in the Livingston Lions 60-57 win over the visiting Huffman-Hargrave Falcons Tuesday night at Lion gym.

The two teams traded quarters in the first half. The Lions jumped out 17-11 in the first frame behind an eight point performance by Jaquavious Nickson who finished with 12 in the game. Teammate Jermichael Harrell, who finished with a game high 20 points, deposited five in the opening frame for a solid start by the Lions.

The Falcons, who entered the game with a 12-3 record, recorded the same margin in the second frame and the two teams went in at the break dead even at 28-all.

The Lions managed to top the Falcons in the third quarter by pitching in three of their four treys during the game, including a pair of back-to-back treys from Noah Ortiz which put the Lions in the lead 40-35 with 3:40 left in the third and 43-37 with 3:05 on the clock.

Jermichael Harrell finished the third by scoring a couple of jumpshots to give the Lions a 47-44 lead entering the fourth quarter.

An assist from Jay Cooper to Harrell who was open under the basket extended Livingston's lead to 49-45 with 6:52 left in the fourth quarter.

The Falcons quickly answered with a 5-0 run to take the lead 50-49 with 5:37 left. A free throw by Jordan Rains, who tallied nine points in the victory, knotted the score at 50-all with 4:46 left.
Following a Falcon free throw (51-50), the Lions took the lead 52-51 on a Jordan Rains toss to Dillon Welsh at the 3:52 mark. Welsh would later toss to Nickson for a jumper in the paint to extend the lead to 54-51 with 3:28 left.

The Falcons clawed their way back in the game scoring on a layup after a Lion turnover plus an inside basket at the 1:50 mark for a 55-55 tie. The Falcons took the lead 57-55 on a layup with 1:18 left. The Lions knotted the game again when Nickson drove half the court to score a layup with :48 seconds left, 57-57.

Brandon Miller, who finished with six points, grabbed a key rebound late in the game. Miller was later fouled and went to the line and hit a crucial free throw to give the Lions a 58-57 lead with only 1.8 seconds left in the game. His second shot was intentionally missed and Harrell capped a super performance by scoring as the game clock expired to give the Lions a 60-57 win over the Falcons.