by Michael Patrick
Boys Junior Varsity Basketball
On Friday, the junior varsity boys opened up action against Pineywoods Academy. As in their previous games against Pineywoods, this year it was a game that would not be decided until the end. The JV Bulldogs opened up strong outscoring Pineywoods 6-0 in the first quarter. They continued their strong play going into halftime with a 12-4 lead. Jake Pattillo led the way with a strong first half, by scoring 10 of the Bulldogs 12 points. However, Pineywoods came out in the third quarter and chipped away at the Bulldog lead and only trailed 21-16. The fourth quarter was a nail biter as Pineywoods clawed back into the game. But, with some timely baskets by Hunter Vaughn and Cameron Burns, the JV Bulldogs pulled out the win 25-24. The JV Bulldogs were led by Pattillo's 14 points, also chipping in were Randahl Patrick with six, Blaine Turner with one, Vaughn with two, and Burns with two.
Girls Varsity Basketball
The Lady Dogs game versus Pineywoods followed the JV Bulldogs game. The Lady Dogs came out strong and aggressive against Pineywoods as they looked to go into Christmas break on a strong note. The Lady Dogs jumped out to a 15-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. During the second quarter the Lady Dogs continued their onslaught as they opened up a comfortable 33-9 lead. The second half went much like the first half as the Lady Dogs slowed the game down and worked hard on their half-court offense. At the end of the third quarter the Lady Dogs were up 43-14. The Lady Dogs were in cruise control during the fourth quarter and focused on aspects of their defense. As the final buzzer went off the Lady Dogs were victorious 49-24. The Lady Dogs were led by Taylor Barker with 21 points, Treasure Jackson with 14, Bayleigh Thedford added two, Haleigh Belt had two, Merrick Graham chipped in one, Megan Allen had five, and Krista Harris had four to complete the scoring for the Lady Dogs. Jackson made three three-pointers during the game, tying her season and career high. "This was a good solid win for the girls. We were able to get a lot of players some valuable court time and we were able to work on stuff both offensively and defensively as we get ready for district play," Coach Patrick Sluga said.
Boys Varsity Basketball
After the girls game, the varsity Bulldogs took the court for the third and final game of the day versus Pineywoods. The game was a close contest throughout the first half. The Bulldogs took a slim 17-14 lead at the end of the first quarter. The two teams kept battling throughout the second quarter as Colmesneil increased its lead to five going into the break 30-25. During halftime the Bulldogs made some key adjustments on both ends of the floor and came out and on a mission in the second half to show who the stronger team was. During the third quarter the Bulldogs began to show their supremacy opening up a commanding 22 point lead, 51-29. The domination continued throughout the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs outscored their opponent 20-6 in the final frame. When the smoke had settled the Bulldogs had blitzed Pineywoods 41-10 in the second half. The Bulldogs took a convincing 71-35 victory going into the Christmas break. The Bulldogs were led by Tyler Walker with 21 points and 13 rebounds, Matt Bailey chipped in seven points and five steals, Chris Carr had three points, Kolton Bass had five points, Cole Lowery had seven points and 10 rebounds, Hayden Langston had nine points, Jermany Wooten had two points, Taylor Walker had eight points, and Dylan Falson finished the scoring off with nine points. "The kids played real hard on defense, they ran the offense well and we got the win," Coach Stephens said.
Jr. High Basketball
The junior high girls and boys will be back in action on Thursday, January 9 as the teams travel to Sabine Pass to take on the Sharks and Lady Sharks.