Cardinals bombard Longhorns, 79-55

Published 10:09 pm Friday, January 20, 2017

By Caleb Adams

Leader Correspondent

BRIDGE CITY — The Bridge City Cardinals handily beat the Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns 79-55 in District 22-4A action at Cardinal Gym to nail down their first district victory.

Zach Honeycutt led the Cardinals with 18 points coming off the bench, with nine from long-range. Point guard Brandon Vela also had 16 points, six coming from threes.

The Cardinals’ (11-8, 1-2) starting five scored 43 points total while the Longhorns starting five scored 35 points total, with the majority coming from the second half. Longhorn guard Isiah Crawford came to life late with three three-pointers late in the game adding to his total of 15 for the game. Crawford was the Longhorns’ leading scorer for the night.

Bridge City started the night off hot, not on offense, but on defense, only allowing five points to the Longhorns in the first quarter. The Cardinals starting five handled the Longhorn defense as well putting up 19 in the first quarter, with all but three coming from inside the paint.

Vela took over with 10 points in the second quarter, much of his total. The Longhorns just couldn’t get anything going in the first half, with only 11 points in the second quarter and 16 in the first half all together.

After halftime the Longhorns finally started finding a rhythm with 18 points in the quarter, six of those coming from Devran Clark from behind the three-point line. Bridge City stayed on pace with 19 points of their own.

During the fourth quarter the Cardinals offense put the game away with 20 points, with 11 coming from Zach Honeycutt, and five of his points coming from the free-throw line. Honeycutt found success driving the lane and forcing the foul to get the easy points for his team.

The Cardinals recover from their lose against West Orange-Stark with a solid win at home against the Longhorns.


The Cardinals will venture to Orangefield Tuesday to take on the Bobcats.

The Longhorns (4-12, 0-3) will return home to face Little Cypress-Mauriceville.