orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

December 6, 2013

HOOP ROUNDUP: Tournaments keeping squads busy

Van Wade
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — There’s no doubt, the high school hoop season is getting busy as teams across the area have been working hard in tournament play this week and Orange County teams have notched some early wins in tourney action thus far.

On Thursday at the Nederland Tournament, the Bridge City Lady Cardinals snagged a pair of big wins.

The Lady Cardinals (12-2) defeated Santa Fe 66-37 and toppled Vidor 67-15.

Against Santa Fe, Kelsey Fults paced BC with 15 points and seven rebounds.

Alexus Henry filtered in 14 points while Shayla Bratton had 10 and Caylin Choate eight. Kasey Frederick hauled in five rebounds.

Against Vidor, Fults bulled her way inside for 24 points and eight rebounds. Henry chimed in with 17 points while Bailee Bacon scored six and Choate contributed 11 assists.

Over at the YMBL Boys Tournament Thursday, the West Orange-Stark Mustangs pulled out a 45-44 victory over Beaumont West Brook while the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears fell to Galena Park North Shore 70-40.

The Mustangs were able to get past the Bruins by the play of standout seniors Laquarious Paige and Brandon Joubert.

Paige poured in a game-high 19 points and snagged six rebounds while Joubert added 11 points.

Michael Zeno and Rickey Guillory led the Bruins with 12 points apiece.

North Shore erupted on a 19-7 run in the first period to get past the Bears.

Jace Robertson led the LC-M attack with 13 points. Taylor Peveto chimed in with 12 points while Blake Fuss and seven and James Armstrong six.

In other boys action, over at the Deweyville Classic, the Bridge City Cardinals hammered out a 65-34 victory over West Hardin while Community Christian defeated the host Pirates 43-32.

At the Evadale Tournament, the Orangefield Bobcats drilled Kirbyville 61-34 while the Vidor Pirates defeated Spurger 57-27.

In the girls bracket at the Deweyville Classic, the WO-S Lady Mustangs throttled Beaumont Legacy 71-50.

On Tuesday night the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears opened District 20-4A in fine fashion night by downing the Beaumont Central Lady Jaguars 47-39 at The Bear Cave Tuesday night.

The Lady Bears (8-7, 1-0) jumped out to a 13-8 lead after the first period and led 22-18 at intermission.

The Lady Jaguars, however, stormed back to take a 35-32 edge going into the fourth and that’s when the Lady Bears turned it on.

LC-M went on to a commanding 15-4 run in the final eight minutes to ice the game away.

Junior post Tori Thompson shredded the Central defense with a double-double as she tallied 17 points and yanked down 10 rebounds.

Guard Cassidy Webster pumped out nine points and she added seven steals and four assists. Josie Nimitz filtered in eight points and had four steals. Grace Chen contributed six points while Malayzia Winbush added five.

The LC-M defense was stingy, forcing Central into 21 turnovers and the Lady Bears shot a solid 10-of-13 from the free-throw line.

Stay tuned at orangeleader.com for more tourney results throughout this weekend.

Girls games this coming Tuesday include LC-M at Vidor; Orangefield at Bridge City; and WO-S at Silsbee. Boys games Tuesday will pit Orangefield at Evadale, WO-S at Central; and Redemption Academy at Bridge City.

Busy tournament action is in store next week as well.

For the girls, Bridge City, LC-M and Orangefield will all be at the Silsbee Tournament. The Bridge City and Orangefield boys will be at the Zavalla Tournament. LC-M will be at the Hardin-Jefferson Tournament while WO-S ventures to the Nederland Tournament.