orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

December 13, 2013

HOOP WRAP: Hoop teams shining in road trip tournaments

Van Wade
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — Orange County teams have found quite a bit of success in tournament play thus far this week.

The West Orange-Stark Mustangs thumped Port Neches-Groves 71-45 at the Nederland Tournament.

The Mustangs jumped out to a 23-7 lead after the first period and at one point led the game 22-2.

PN-G cut the lead to 23-20 with two minutes left in the first half as the Indians held the Mustangs scoreless in the first six minutes of the second period.

The Mustangs held a 31-22 lead at the break and then went on to outscore the Indians 40-23 in the second half.

Chase Rutledge powered the Mustang attack with 20 points while Laquarious Paige filtered in 15.

Bradley Broussard led the Indians with 12 points.

Over at the Hardin-Jefferson Tournament, the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears have played well.

The Bears dropped a tough 80-73 decision to the Kountze Lions, who are ranked No. 2 in the TABC Class 2A state rankings.

Trumaine Elmore led the Bear attack with 21 points. Taylor Peveto chimed in with 15 points while Jace Robertson pumped in 14 and Blake Fuss added eight.

Harper led the Lions with 24 points while Arnold added 21.

The Bears squeezed out a 57-50 victory over the Buna Cougars. LC-M later fell to Lubbock Estacado in a tight one, 66-62.

Elmore led the Bears with 19 points. Robertson pumped in 15 points while Fuss had 12 and Peveto 11.

Elmore led the way again with 15 points. Robertson filtered in 14 and Fuss chimed in with 11.

Both the Bridge City Cardinals and the Orangefield Bobcats are competing in the Zavalla Tournament and both squads netted first round wins.

Bridge City hammered out a 62-43 win over Slocum while Orangefield throttled Mount Pleasant 64-34.

All the boys teams will start up their respective district play next week.

LC-M will open up District 20-4A play at home Tuesday against Livingston.

In District 21-3A action Tuesday, WO-S will entertain Hamshire-Fannett; Orangefield will play host to Silsbee; and Bridge City will make a trip to Buna.

Both the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears and the Bridge City Lady Cardinals are finding success at Kim Albers Tournament held at SIlsbee High School.

The Lady Bears received a complete team effort when they defeated the host Lady Tigers 47-35.

LC-M then squeezed out a 41-39 victory over the Evadale Lady Rebels. Josie Nimitz paced LC-M in the win, scoring 19 points while going 11-of-12 from the free-throw line. The Lady Bears fell to Hufflman 42-38 in another pool game.

The Lady Bears took down the Vidor Lady Pirates 40-31 in District 20-4A action at The Bear Cave last Tuesday to imrpove to 2-0 in 20-4A play.

Grace Chen led the LC-M (9-7) attack with nine points, four steals and four assists.

Sheridan Rogers chimed in with eight points and nine rebounds. Tori Thompson contributed eight points and eight boards. Cassidy Webster and Josie Nimitz tallied six points apiece.

The Lady Cardinals canned Vidor 58-26.

Alexus Henry led the Lady Cardinals with 25 points whie Kelsey Fults scored seven.

Bridge City also defeated Huffman 47-34. Fults powered the attack with 18 points and six rebounds while Henry filtered in 14 points.

The Lady Cardinals also took down Evadale 47-26 on Friday.

Girls teams will return to their respective district action next Tuesday. LC-M will visit Livingston while Orangefield is at Silsbee, WO-S visits Hamshire-Fannett, and Bridge City welcomes in Buna.