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Colmesneil Basketball defeats Pineywoods Christian

JV Bulldog Hunter Vaughn hustling down the court. (Colmesneil Yearbook Staff Photo)JV Bulldog Hunter Vaughn hustling down the court. (Colmesneil Yearbook Staff Photo)

by Julia Barnes

JV Boys Basketball
Last Tuesday, Colmesneil played Pineywoods Christian Academy at Angelina College. The JV Bulldogs set the tone for the night when they won 30-23. With four seconds left in the game, Pineywoods scored, bringing the game into overtime with a score of 23-23. Colmesneil hustled in the final plays of the game and scored seven more points while holding Pineywoods to take the win.

Varsity Girls Basketball
The varsity girls followed the JV boys and obtained their tenth victory of the season to keep their rank of first in state. The girls began the game with a four point lead after scoring off the jump ball and then scoring after rebounding immediately after. The Lady Dogs shut Pineywoods down and stayed far ahead, ending in a score of 65-16. "Pineywoods was never able to recover from the early onslaught as the Lady Dogs jumped out to a 19-4 lead after the first quarter," said Coach Patrick Sluga. Taylor Barker was top scorer with 26 points, followed by Treasure Jackson with 21 and Krista Harris with 10. "We continue to get better each game," said Sluga. "Our young young players are getting an opportunity to play and they are contributing, which is always a good thing. The returners are taking a leadership role and you can tell all the minutes they logged last year are helping out this year." The Lady Dogs also won against Newton 32-22 and Centerville 33-32 in an intense match. After trailing behind through the whole game, crucial plays by Maddie Newcomb and Jackson brought the Lady Dogs to a one point lead with one second of play time remaining. Centerville missed their hail mary shot, and Colmesneil remained undefeated.

The team will compete in the R.B Moffett Tournament on Thursday, December 12 through Saturday, December 14.

Varsity Boys Basketball
The varsity Bulldogs also beat Pineywoods for the second victory of their season. The boys came out hot when Cole Lowery won the jump ball and Hayden Langston hustled down the court to score the first points of the game. "Hayden Langston likes to compete," said Coach Stephens. Pineywoods fought hard to win, resulting in a physical game, but the Bulldogs pulled ahead in the end 45-35. "I really like the balanced scoring and the way we got after it," said Coach Stephens. Tyler Walker led the team to victory scoring 13 points and making seven rebounds, followed by Lowery with 11 points and 15 rebounds and Matt Bailey with eight points and two rebounds. "Cole Lowery did a great job of blocking out and doing the dirty work on the boards, and Kolton Bass made key plays throughout the game, " said Stephens. The Bulldogs then competed against the Zavalla Eagles the following Friday, but they fell short after a hard fought, close game resulting in a score of 40-47. "We played good and had our chances to win," said Stephens. Walker was once again top scorer of the night with 13 points. The team will also compete in the R.B Moffett Tournament on Thursday, December 12 through Saturday, December 14.

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