By Will Johnson

Messenger Reporter

EAST TEXAS – As the month of December slowly moves towards Christmas, many of the area teams are taking a break from playing basketball and gearing up for the district part of the schedule.

Since it’s Sunday, it’s time to take a look back at the week in Anderson County hoops.

The Cayuga Lady Wildcats opened district play against the Frost Lady Polar Bears with a 62-16 win on Dec. 13. They followed that up with 48-46 district win over the Itasca. The Kerens Lady Bobcats put an end to the Lady Wildcats winning streak with 45-41 win on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Cayuga is back in action on Dec. 27 in the College Station Tournament.

The Wildcats were off on Friday Dec. 16 and opened district play on Tuesday, Dec. 20 with 73-54 loss to Kerens Bobcats. They return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 28 against the Trinidad Trojans.

The Elkhart Elks were in action against the Grapeland Sandies on Dec. 13 and lost by a score 0f 91-49. They also lost to Teague on Tuesday, Dec. 20 by a score of 92-44. The Elks return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 28 in the Buffalo Tournament.

The Lady Elks were also in action as they lost to both the Frankston Maidens on Friday, Dec. 16 by a score of 48-43 and to the Teague Lady Lions on Dec. 20. The Lady Elks will be seeking their first district win on Jan. 3 when they return to action against the Buffalo Lady Bison.

The Frankston Indians opened up last week with a 56-50 loss to the Beckville Bearcats but followed up with a win over the Douglass Indians by a score of 49-34. They were off on Dec. 20 and return to action on Dec. 28 in the Houston County Holiday Tournament.

The Frankston Maidens opened up district play with a 49-36 loss to the Westwood Lady Panthers on Tuesday, Dec. 13. The Maidens followed that up with a 48-43 win over the Elkhart Lady Elks on Dec. 16 before taking off on Tuesday Dec. 20. The Maidens will be back in action on Dec. 27 as they host the Frankston Classic.

The Neches Tigers are on a roll. After their loss to Westwood earlier this month, they rattled off three straight wins. They defeated the Oakwood Panthers 82-72 on Dec. 13 and Lovelady Lions, 91-64, on Friday, Dec. 16. The Tigers got a measure of revenge on Tuesday, Dec. 28 with a win over the Westwood Panthers by a score of 75-63.

The Lady Tigers also defeated the Lady Panthers of Oakwood on Tuesday, Dec. 13. They were off on Dec. 16 and Dec. 20 and return to action on didn’t fare quite as well last week.  The Lady Tigers are off until Jan. 3 when they are back in action against the Latexo Lady Tigers. The Tigers are off until Dec. 30 when they take on Cumberland Academy.

The Palestine Wildcats lost a 65-56 game to Brownsboro on Dec. 13. They were off on Tuesday, Dec. 20 and will return to action on Dec. 29 in the Wagstaff Classic in Tyler.

The Lady Cats defeated the Hudson Lady Hornets by a score of 56-51 on Tuesday, Dec. 13 but lost to the Diboll Lady Jacks on Friday, Dec. 16. The Lady Cats had Tuesday, Dec. 20 off and will return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 27 in the Hallsville Fidelity Christmas Classic.

The Slocum Lady Mustangs defeated the Centerville Lady Tigers on Tuesday, Dec. 13 by a score of 35-33. On Friday, Dec. 16 they took on the Nacogdoches Lady Dragons and lost a close one to the 5A school by a score of 47-43. On Tuesday, Dec. 20, the Lady Mustangs defeated the Rosebud-Lott Lady Cougars by a final score of 50-46. The Lady Mustangs return to action on Dec. 28 as they begin play in the Tenaha Tournament.

The Slocum Mustangs opened with a 55-21 loss to the La Poyner Flyers on Tuesday, Dec. 13 but followed the loss with back-to-back wins over Buffalo, 51-44, and Carlisle, 70-28. Slocum is off until Dec. 29 when they start play in the Glen Rose Tournament.

And last but not least, the Westwood Panthers opened last week on Tuesday, Dec. 13 with a 55-44 loss to the Nacogdoches Dragons. The Panthers were off on Friday, Dec. 16 but returned to the court with a loss to the Neches Tigers by a score 75-63. They followed that up with a district-opening 61-45 win over the Buffalo Bison. The Panthers are scheduled to play again on Dec. 28 in the Houston County Tournament.

The Lady Panthers opened district play on Dec. 13 with a 49-36 victory over the Frankston Maidens in Frankston.

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