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By Will Johnson

Messenger Reporter

EAST TEXAS –– With the end of volleyball season and as the football playoffs move into the Regional Finals round, basketball season in Houston and Anderson County is now in a full court press. Many of the area teams were involved in tournaments over this past weekend and several will be in action this weekend in the Centerville and Cross Roads Tournaments.

Starting this week, The Messenger will recap the Houston County teams in our Thursday edition and the Anderson County teams in our Sunday edition.

On the boys’ side of the court in Anderson County, the Palestine Wildcats fell to the Center Roughriders on Tuesday night by a score of 59-36. The loss drops the Wildcats’ record to 4-5 on the season. Palestine will face the Brownsboro Bears on Tuesday, Dec. 13 in Palestine.

The Elkhart Elks traveled to Slocum for a matchup against the seventh ranked Class 1A Mustangs and fell by a score of 69-59. The win moves the Mustangs record to 6-3 on the season and kept them at the number seven position in the latest Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) poll. Slocum traveled to Centerville over the weekend to participate in the Centerville Tournament, but as of press time the scores were unavailable.

The Elks’ loss, meanwhile dropped them to 4-2 on the season. Elkhart traveled to Cross Roads over the weekend to participate in the Cross Roads Tournament, but as of press time the scores were unavailable.

The Westwood Panthers took on the Lovelady Lions on Tuesday and defeated the Lions by a final score of 99-79. It was the first game of the year for Lovelady while the win moved the Panthers record to 3-1 on the season. The Panthers competed in the Frankston Tournament this weekend but as of press time, the scores were unavailable.

The Frankston Indians are 0-8 on the year after they fell to the Oakwood Panthers by a final score of 52-48 on Tuesday. They were looking to get off the schneid this weekend as they hosted their own tournament which began on Thursday.

The Cayuga Wildcats are now 2-3 on the season and played in the Fruitvale Tournament this weekend. As of press time, the scores were unavailable.

The Neches Tigers moved their season record to 10-0 after they defeated the Trinidad Trojans on Tuesday by a final score of 60-29. They are currently ranked #22 in Class 2A. The Tigers played in the Frankston Tournament this weekend, but as of press time, the scores were unavailable.

On the boys’ side of the court in Anderson County, the Palestine LadyCats are not off to their greatest start and sit at 2-7 on the season. The Ladycats host Hudson on Tuesday Dec. 13.

The Elkhart Lady Elks moved to 5-1 on the season after they defeated the Onalaska Wildcats on Tuesday.  Elkhart traveled to Cross Roads over the weekend to participate in the Cross Roads Tournament, but as of press time the scores were unavailable.

The Slocum Lady Mustangs continued to climb up the rankings after they defeated the Cayuga Lady Wildcats on Tuesday night by a score of 41-30. The Lady Mustangs traveled to Centerville over the weekend to participate in the Centerville Tournament, but as of press time the scores were unavailable.

The Westwood Lady Panthers’ struggles continued on Tuesday as they fell to the Lovelady Lady Lions aby a final score of 63-34. They traveled to Cushing this past Friday for a game against the Lady Bear Kats, but as of press time on Friday, the score was unavailable.

The Cayuga Lady Wildcats had been ranked as high as #19 in Class 2A, but after back-to-back losses in the Eustace Tournament last weekend, followed by a win over Westwood and then a 41-30 loss to Slocum and they find themselves on the outside looking in at the rankings.

The Neches Lady Tigers moved to 5-4 on the season after they defeated the Trinidad Lady Trojans on Tuesday. Neches traveled to Frankston over the weekend to participate in the Frankston Tournament, but as of press time the scores were unavailable.

The Frankston Maidens fell to 2-9 on the season after they lost to the Oakwood Lady Panthers on Tuesday. Along with their male classmates, they were also looking to get off the schneid this weekend as they hosted their own tournament which began on Thursday.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.