Woodville Eagles drop to Kelly in a tight match

Marqui Jackson shoots a free throw in the third quarter versus Beaumont Kelly.Marqui Jackson shoots a free throw in the third quarter versus Beaumont Kelly.

by Jason Drake

The Woodville Eagles were hoping to regain momentum after dropping its first two district games against Kountze and Newton. The Eagles played two games on Thursday in the opening round of the Woodville Eagles Christmas Classic. Woodville blew out the Hull-Daisetta Bobcats 73-47. Woodville exploded in the second quarter after leading by just one after the first period. The Eagles scored 30 while holding the Bobcats to just six. Woodville would cruise the rest of the way. Ivan Lockhart led the Eagles with 11 point, followed by Reggie Williams and Ashton Lockhart with 10 apiece.

The second game had Woodville facing Goodrich. The Hornets were unable to attend the tournament which matched the Eagles up against Beaumont Kelly. Woodville won the opening tip but was unable to convert on its first possession. Both teams went scoreless until Kelly hit a three pointer with 6:35 left in the first quarter. The Bulldogs would increase its lead to five before Williams hit a bucket on the assists by Tyler Conner. Kelly would go on a 11-2 run before Stephen Thomas hit a short jump shot to narrow the lead to 16-6. Both teams scored three more each to end the first quarter 19-9.

Kelly opened the second quarter with a free throw. Woodville would go on a mini 5-0 run capped off by Ashton Lockhart's three pointer with 6:37 left until halftime. Both teams traded baskets before the Bulldogs went on a 5-0 run making the score 29-18 with 4:20 seconds on the clock. Kris Traylor ended the dry spell hitting a three pointer cutting the lead to 29-21. Ivan Lockhart was able to return an offensive rebound in with five seconds before half to narrow the lead to six. Kelly would hit a three pointer at the buzzer to take a nine point halftime lead.

The third quarter started with both teams battling back and forth with no one making a run. The Bulldogs led 47-34 with 2:11 left in the third quarter. Marqui Jackson and Jamal Horn scored the final seven points of the quarter narrowing the margin to 47-41 entering the fourth quarter.

Kelly got the ball first in the final period and was held scoreless by the Eagle defense. Both teams went scoreless the first two minutes of the fourth quarter. Kelly would then go on a 5-1 stretch before Horn put in an offensive rebound to cut the lead to 52-44 with 4:39 left on the clock. Kelly called timeout but was unable to score. The Eagles found Traylor in the corner for a three pointer and Horn's layup narrowed the lead to 54-49 forcing another timeout by the Bulldogs. The Eagles kept its composure forcing a turnover. Ashton Lockhart was fouled going up for a shot. Lockhart connected on both free throws making the score 54-51 with 1:49 left in the game. This would be as close as the Eagles would get. Woodville was forced to foul and Kelly hit its free throws winning 59-51.

Horn led all scorers with 11 points. Ivan Lockhart and Thomas added nine and eight respectively.

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