by Kelsey Sheffield
On December 30 and 31, the Kirbyville Willdcats hosted their annual Roy Thomas Wildcat Classic. Although the Lady Pirates had a slow start in the tournament, it was great experience to keep them on their feet for the district season starting back up.
In the first match of the tournament, Spurger played the Lady Kirbyville Wildcats. With a slow start for the Lady Pirates, the first quarter ended in a harsh, 11-0 score. During the second quarter, E.Shumake knocked down a three pointer after an assist from Wood. After ending the first half down, 23-3, the Spurger girls were ready to put some points on the board. After an attempted 3-pointer by E. Shumake, McLeod grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back up for two points. Although Kirbyville was slipping away from them on the score, Spurger kept fighting. McLeod was a fine example of the girl's hard work when she forced turnovers for the Lady Wildcats. J. Shumake fought for a defensive rebound to get the possession back for Spurger. With a tip out of bounds from Kirbyville, McLeod got an inbound to J. Shumake who knocked down a long range, two pointer. The efforts weren't quite enough for the Lady Pirates, but they never gave up. Wood drew a hard foul knocking down one of two free throws, and McLeod received another rebound to put up another two points. The game ended with a brutal score of 60-10. The girls took the game as practice for their upcoming district game.
On January 3 the junior varsity boys and varsity boys will be playing in Sabine Pass at 3 p.m. The varsity girls will join them on January 7, in a district game when all three teams play in High Island at 4:30 p.m.