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Lady Warriors fall to Buna at home 47-36

by Doug Glosson

Lady Warriors Haley Briers driving against Buna. (Doug Glosson Photo)Lady Warriors Haley Briers driving against Buna. (Doug Glosson Photo)Girls Basketball – The Lady Warriors were hoping to regroup after a loss to Kountze earlier in the week as they took on Buna at home last Friday night.

Warren was up 9-8 after one quarter of play and was tied at 13 halfway through the second quarter before Buna went on an eleven to two run with three consecutive three point shots to open up a 24-15 lead at halftime. Laikyn Bell, who scored 24 points in their last meeting with Buna, would leave the game with an injury in the third quarter.

The Lady Warriors were able to keep pace in the third with Autumn Sims hitting a couple of free throws and a three pointer to go along with Devon Barnett's layup and two free throws, but they were unable to cut into the deficit going into the fourth.

Down 25-39 in the final quarter, the Lady Warriors were able to get within seven points at 34-41 with Ashlynn Whisneant hitting a bucket and a pair of free throws. Haley Briers also had a pair of free throws, and Sims a two point jumper; but, it was not enough as Buna hit their free throws in the final minutes to put the game away.

Whisneant led the Lady Warriors with 10 points, followed by Barnett with eight, Sims with seven, Briers and Bell with four each.

Boys Basketball – The Warriors were unable to avenge a loss last Tuesday against Kountze as they were defeated on Friday by Buna 78-57.
Next up, both boys and girls teams will travel to Hardin on Friday, January 29, and be back home on Tuesday, February 2, to take on Deweyville.

Woodville Basketball Takes Key Road Wins At Garrison

by Hale Hughes

Woodville Junior Chris Castle is all smiles during the game with the win over Garrison. (Hale Hughes Photo)Woodville Junior Chris Castle is all smiles during the game with the win over Garrison. (Hale Hughes Photo)The Woodville Eagle basketball teams traveled to Garrison last Friday night and won two key district wins from the Bulldogs. The varsity girls got off to a scrappy low scoring affair with the girls from Garrison, but eventually the game settled into a rhythm and the Lady Eagles outpaced their counterparts and never looked back. The girls have a record of 22-4 thus far for the season and 7-2 for district play which is a huge accomplishment.
Coach Carrell had some great things to say about his players stepping up, especially in a tough environment, recalling that with Mitchell away during the first part of the season, and with Jasmine Douglas at another school this semester, Shawnacey Williams was the only starter from a year ago. He said that, "Garrison has one of those gyms that really favors the home team. It's real small and compact and makes for a loud environment with a standing room only along the walls. It's like a playoff game in there." He praised the way that senior Karlea Belsey now contributes near 30 minutes of playing time each game with solid, dependable play. He acknowleged how Chelsie Sargent has taken on a new role and embraced it, making the most of the opportunity as a constant scoring threat. Carrell knows he is in a tough district and still makes it a point to consistently remind his team that they will not have a repeat of last year missing the playoffs.

Sargent stepped up taking on a big load in being a scorer for the team versus Garrison, putting eight points on the board in her time on the court. Williams added 10 points and continues to be a lead scoring threat each time she has the ball. Bethany Mitchell also contributed 10 points in her return game back to Woodville. One key factor that Carrell has going for him is that every player scored points. Woodville walked away with a road win 48-21.

Carrell added that although not very deep, his girls are healthy and in shape. He credits a lot of the health of his team to having Averi Alderdyce on staff this year as their trainer. She has brought in a very different mentality than what we've had in the past." Carrell said. "She is doing more than just rehabbing our athletes. She has brought in new exercises and innovative drills that prevent injuries from occurring in the first place. I can see a vast difference in our athletes' performances and Alderdyce deserves to be recognized for a lot of that."

Carrell said he will be focused on fine tuning things with the playoffs on the near horizon. Words like precision and execution seemed to keep reoccurring up as he closed out the interview. "We won't have a repeat of last year," as he wrapped up. "We will be in the playoffs this year."
The Eagles took the court immediately after the Lady Eagles. With a season record of 16-7, 5-2 in district, Woodville wasted little time getting out front to a 13-2 lead with 3:50 left in the first period.

Woodville sits third in district standings halfway through the season behind Central Heights and Pollack Central, respectively with Garrison holding onto fourth.

The Woodville boys maintained control of the entire game, with the third quarter being the only quarter that was really competitive. Garrison fought back from a 22 point deficit to close the gap to within 10 points, but Woodville maintained their composure regained the momentum and increased the lead back to 20 going into the final period with the outcome of the game never in serious doubt, closing the game with a score of 65-41.

Head coach Reggie Williams spoke to the team at the break about coming out strong and not letting the hometown Bulldogs get back into the game, but was concerned about halfway into the third period. "Garrison is much improved from last year," he said. "About midway through the third period, we kind of got out of character, trying to do too much fancy stuff and not sticking with fundamental basketball. We didn't do that the first two and a half quarters and built a good lead."

Williams said that staying composed is a key factor going forward. "This week is a big week for us, because we play Central Pollock, who hasn't lost a game. If we can go to their place and try to steal a win, there is a good chance we can move up in district standings. If we can win the next three (Central, Newton and Pollock) we will be in a good place heading into the playoffs."

"We are getting good leadership from our captains." Williams mentioned that Kris Traylor and Dalton Rhame were playing at a high level and was happy with their contributions to the team, both with points and their team attitude.

Williams echoed Carrell's comments regarding the general well-being of the team and that the boys were healthy at this point in the season, stating that Christian Williams is getting back into game shape after missing a few games over the holiday break.

Lady Jackets Beat Leggett in Overtime Thriller

by Becki Byrd

Junior, Cord Neal draws a foul against Spurger. Neal put 16 points on the board, had nine rebounds and one block.Junior, Cord Neal draws a foul against Spurger. Neal put 16 points on the board, had nine rebounds and one block.Varsity Yellowjacket teams faced the Leggett Pirates on January 19 in a home district game. The Lady Jackets defeated Leggett in overtime with a score of 50-44.

With a 14 point second quarter the Lady Jackets broke away early and ran up the lead 22-13 by halftime. The Lady Jackets put forth an aggressive effort, racking up 22 fouls during the game.

Carmen Mahaffey put two three-pointers on the board and scored a total of nine points. Kali Thomson scored 10 points. Also contributing for the Lady Jackets were Cayla Greer and Maddie Read both with six points, and Meagan Clarke with three points, three steals, and one block.
The boys team lost to Leggett 80-35.

The Yellowjackets trailed 37-19 by the half, scoring a game high 14 points during the second period. Jared Greer scored 13 points with ten of those being in the second quarter. Also contributing for the Yellowjackets were Colten Martin with seven points, Cord Neal with six points, Dane Barnes with four points, Clay Thomson and Jaqualin George each had two points. Neal and Barnes each had one block.

On Friday, the Yellowjacket teams travelled to Spurger to face the Pirates. The junior varsity team played first and lost 40-29.
Points were made by Tyler Olds, Tyler Blevins, Chris Carter, Jutty Vaughn and JT Martin.

The Lady Jackets also lost with a score of 41-31. Jaci Davis was the high scorer with 10 points. Even though the Lady Jackets had a solid finish, adding 10 points in the final quarter, it wasn't enough for a comeback. Also helping the effort for the Lady Jackets were Thomson with eight points, one steal, and one block and Martin with two points.

The varsity Yellowjackets lost to Spurger with a score of 47-92.

Neal put 16 points on the board and also had nine rebounds and one block. Greer, Barnes, Levi Watts, George, Ladarius Kirkwood, Billy Thompson, and Thomson all added points to the board.

This week the Yellowjacket teams play High Island on Tuesday and Burkeville on Friday, both away games starting at 6 p.m.

Pirates defeat Yellowjackets in District play

by Andrew Harmon

Pirates shoot for two in win against Chester.Pirates shoot for two in win against Chester.Spurger High School Pirate's varsity basketball team took on the Chester Yellowjackets on Friday, January 22 for this week's district matchup. Desperately needing the win, Spurger held a strong home court advantage over Chester with a full home side cheering the Pirates on to victory.

The Spurger Pirates came right out of the gate scoring points. After back-to-back-to-back scores, the Pirates showed zero sign of slowing down anytime soon. Spurger proved to the spectators early they intended to be in control for the entire game. The first quarter ended with the Pirates leading by a demanding score of 23-9. In the second quarter junior Robby Clark seemed to be unstoppable on offense, fluidly moving the ball around the court and picking up many assists. Spurger's defense only allowed Chester to score 16 points throughout the entire second quarter. With a score of 46-25 going into the half, the Spurger Pirates had confidence to come back in the second half and put the game away.

By the third quarter, the Yellowjackets fell farther and farther away; the light at the end of the tunnel was disappearing. At the end of the quarter the Jackets were trailing the Pirates by thirty-nine points making the score 72-33.

It was not an issue at all for the Pirates to put away the game and add a point on the win side of this season's district record. The Pirates held the Jackets and ended the game with a dominant score of 92-47.

Colmesneil Lady Dogs fall to Douglas in tough play

Krista Harris blocks the shot.   (Colmesneil Yearbook Photo)Krista Harris blocks the shot. (Colmesneil Yearbook Photo)

by Alycin Mitcham

Lady Bulldog Basketball- The Colmesneil Lady Bulldogs took on a well coached Douglas team on January 22, a team favored to go several rounds in the 1A bracket.

Jump shot for jump shot both teams traded points, with the Lady Dogs matching the high percentage shooting and only trailing by six at the half. Nature Jackson showed much improvement with her ability and confidence to knock down the outside shot.

At the start of the 3rd quarter, the Lady Dogs were in trouble, caused by early fouls. Colmesneil's leading scorer and defender, Taylor Barker, took a seat in the third. Without their leader, the deficit extended to nearly 20 going into the 4th quarter. Again the Lady Bulldogs showed that no differential is too much.

With all five starters on the court, the girls battled back to eight with a few minutes left. Senior leader Merrick Graham showed her ability to score and support by giving a great effort on defense. Douglas finished the game by winning by a nine point margin.

Coach Thompson said, "We faced a talented team, and every girl improved on their identity and how they can provide when the tide of a game turns." For example, Alexis Follmar displayed a tremendous improvement in displaying her defensive awareness by getting into the mix and capturing four jump ball tie ups. Small things, as catching a rebound at its highest point and perpetual hustle, will provide the answers the Bulldog country deserves.
On February 2, the Lady Dogs will play Hull Daisetta in Hull Daisetta. JV will start at 4 p.m. Varsity play will follow.

Powerlifting- Powerlifting is right around the corner, with the first powerlifting meet on Thursday, January 28 in Woodville.The meet will host both boys and girls. The second powerlifting meet will be held in Warren on February 4. The meet will host both boys and girls.

Baseball- To kick off the start of baseball season the Bulldogs will host a home run derby and an alumni game on February 20 at the Bulldog baseball field. The home run derby will start at 4 p.m. and the alumni game will start at 5 p.m.

Lady Jackets Win First District Game

by Becki Byrd

Sophomore, Tyler Olds, goes up for two points in game against Groveton. Olds scored eight of the 16 points.Sophomore, Tyler Olds, goes up for two points in game against Groveton. Olds scored eight of the 16 points.On Monday, January 4, the junior high boys and girls basketball teams played High Island in Chester. The girls had a really close game, only losing by two points. The score was 33-31. Annie Rayburn scored the most points with 11, Brianna Cowan scored eight. The boys lost 16-1. Jake Pitre scored one point on a free throw. On Saturday, January 16 Chester will host a junior high tournament beginning at 8 a.m.

On Friday, the varsity teams played in Chester. The junior varsity boys played Groveton and lost 21-16. Tyler Olds was the high point scorer in that game with eight. Jutty Vaughn scored six, and Tyler Blevins scored two.

After the JV game, the Lady Jackets played High Island for their first district game of the season. The Lady Jackets pulled ahead early with a 13 point first quarter, resulting in a 25-7 lead by halftime. Maddie Read's 14 points propelled the Lady Jackets to a 29-18 victory. Kalee Thomson put two three-pointers in the basket. The Lady Jackets finished the game with 55 rebounds, five blocks, and 15 steals.

The varsity Yellowjackets also played Groveton. Despite Cord Neal putting 11 points on the board, the Yellowjackets lost 41-26.

The Yellowjackets pulled ahead early with an 11-point first quarter and had a 16-11 lead at halftime. This was not enough to overcome Groveton's 29 point second half.

Also chipping in for the Yellowjackets were Ladarius Kirkwood with five points, Billy Thompson with four points, Dane Barnes with three points, Colten Martin and Clay Thomson had two points. The Yellowjackets finished the game with 35 rebounds, and seven steals.

This week the junior varsity and varsity boy's teams travel to Brookeland on Monday. The Lady Jackets play their second district game against Burkeville on Tuesday at home. On Friday both varsity teams travel to Goodrich for district play beginning at 6 p.m.