(Orange, Texas)

January 21, 2014

GIRLS HOOP WRAP: Lady Bears crush Lions by 40

Van Wade
The Orange Leader

LITTLE CYPRESS — After a sluggish first quarter, the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears got offensive and the Livingston Lady Lions never had a chance.

After leading just 8-4 at the end of the first period, the Lady Bears outscored the Lady Lions 59-23 the rest of the way to notch an important 67-27 victory in District 20-4A play at The Bear Cave.

The Lady Bears (18-12, 7-3), in third-place in the 20-4A standings, received a supreme team effort to thwart the Lady Lions (2-8 in district play).

Josie Nimitz led the balanced LC-M attack with 16 points.

The Lady Bears, who outrebounded the Lady Lions 56-44, got a double-double from Malayzia Winbush, who had 10 points and 13 rebounds. Post Sheridan Rogers tallied seven points and got it done on the defensive end as she collected a game-high 17 rebounds to go along with seven blocked shots.

Guards Cassidy Webster and Grace Chen combined for 16 points and 10 boards as each one scored eight points and grabbed five boards.

Post Tori Thompson had six points and five rebounds while Maddie Frey and Joslyn Reed played well off the bench, scoring five points apiece.

Lady Lion Dasia Ivory led her squad with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Jakia Ramsey had five points. Kelsie Fuller chimed in with four points and six rebounds.

Destini Butler collected eight rebounds while Shykia Phillips had seven and Takia Taylor pulled down five.

Nimitz helped push the lead to 27-15 in the second quarter, scoring 10 of her points in the period including eight of them coming on fast-break layups.

LC-M extended the lead to 40-25 at the end of the third period with Winbush bruising her way inside for six points while Reed scored all five of her points in the quarter.

The Lady Bears slammed the door with a blistering  27-2 run in the game’s final eight minutes.

Nimitz and Chen scored six points apiece in the period while Webster and Thompson each scored four.

The Lady Lions didn’t help themselves from the charity stripe, just going 4-of-20 from the line while the Lady Bears converted nicely, canning 13-of-17.

Livingston finished with 21 turnovers while the Lady Bears had 16.

The Lady Bears will try to keep up a nice pace as they will travel to The Reservation Friday to take on the Port Neches-Groves Lady Indians.

BC girls 47, Buna 44

BUNA — The Bridge City Lady Cardinals lived dangerously Tuesday night but they would end up escaping Buna with a vital 47-44 District 21-3A victory over the Lady Cougars at Cougar Gym.

The Lady Cardinals (28-4, 8-1) trailed the Lady Cougars (5-3 in district) 30-18 at intermission but outscored Buna 29-14 in the decisive second half.

The Lady Cougars had problems with Lady Cardinal post Kelsey Fults, who powered her way to 21 points and five rebounds.

Kasey Frederick had nine points and five boards for the Lady Cardinals. Bailee Bacon filtered in eight points while guard Caylin Choate dished off seven assists.

The Lady Cardinals will have a bye Friday and will play host to Silsbee next Tuesday.

H-F girls 58, WO-S 44

WEST ORANGE — A sluggish second quarter was too much to overcome for the West Orange-Stark Lady Mustangs Tuesday night as they fell to first-place Hamshire-Fannett 58-44 at Mustang Gym.

H-F (24-5, 9-0) led 15-12 at the end of the first period and went on a 21-8 run to grab a 36-20 lead at intermission.

The Lady Mustangs (12-15, 2-7) were paced by Eriel Jordan, who fired in 22 points to go along with eight rebounds.

Derriashia Daughtery filtered in 12 points and had seven boards. Breanna Preston contributed six points, eight rebounds and swiped five steals.

The Lady Mustangs hurt themselves at the free-throw line, going just 7-of-21.

WO-S will look to bounce back Friday when they visit Hardin-Jefferson.

OF girls 41, SIlsbee 34

ORANGEFIELD — The Orangefield Lady Bobcats held off the SIlsbee Lady Tigers 41-34 in District 21-3A play at Bobcat Gym Tuesday night.

Bethany Green led the Lady Bobcats (8-18, 2-7) with 10 points.

Emilee Adrio contributed seven points while Morgan Worthy and Bailey Perkins added six points apiece. Martin led Silsbee with 19 points.

The Lady Bobcats will travel to Hamshire-Fannett Friday.