By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

TRINITY – The Crockett Lady Bulldogs inched closer to a district championship with their 60-41 win over the Trinity Lady Tigers on Jan. 27. With two games remaining in District 21-3A, the Lady Dawgs have a one game lead over the Coldspring – Oakhurst Lady Trojans and the New Waverly Lady Bulldogs in District 21-3A.

Make no mistake, Crockett still has its work cut out as they host the Lady Trojans on Tuesday and then close out district competition on the road with the Anderson-Shiro Lady Owls on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Last Friday night’s contest saw the Lady Dawgs jump out to an 18-11 lead after the first eight minutes of play and they never looked back. Kaitlin Holmes and Mercedes James led the way for Crockett with four points apiece in the first quarter. Shelby Corry drained a 3-pointer and Dea’Junique James threw in in a basket and a free throw. Anastasia Bolton and Jada Lockhart both chipped in two to account for the Crockett scoring in the period.

The Lady Tigers were led by Daja Rolling with seven points in the quarter while both Tatum Green and Namonie Woods added two apiece to make the score 18-11 after one.

Crockett stayed consistent in the second quarter as they scored another 18 points to take a 36-18 into the locker room at halftime. D. James and Tynashia McKnight both score six as Corry, Holmes and Tracina Moten all dropped in two.

The Lady Tigers were led by Rolling with four points. She was joined in the scoring column by Taleyna Allen with two and Micah Brock with one as the Lady Tigers found themselves staring up at an 18 point deficit at the break.

The Lady Dawgs extended their lead to 20 in the third quarter as D. James added five more while Corry, Holmes and McKnight added two apiece to make the score 47-27 after three periods of play.

Allen scored five for Trinity in the third quarter while Shanthony Simmons and Jayla Tillis both scored two.

With the game in hand, the Crockett defense eased up somewhat in the fourth quarter and allowed Trinity to put up 14. Allen dropped in five more, Rolling knocked down four and Woods chipped in two. A trio of Lady Tigers – Brock, Jailyn Edwards and Brianna Ware all converted a free throw to close out the Lady Tigers scoring output.

Crockett was led by M. James with four fourth quarter points. Holmes, D. James, McKnight and Moten all scored two while Lockhart converted one of two from the line to help give the Lady Bulldogs the 60-41 win.

For the game, Trinity was led in scoring by Daja Rolling with 15 points. Taleyna Allen poured in 12 and Namonie Allen added four. Four Lady Tigers – Micah Brock, Tatum Green, Shanthony Simmons and Jayla Tillis all scored two while Jailyn Edwards and Brianna Ware both scored one.

Crockett was led by Dea’Junique James with a game-high 16 points. Katelin Holmes and Tynashia McKnight scored 10 apiece, Mercedes James went for eight and Shelby Corry dropped in seven. Tracina Moten added four, Jada Lockhart had three and Anastasia Bolton chipped in two to account for the Lady Bulldogs point production.

With a win over Coldspring, Crockett will assure itself of at least a tie atop the standings and most probably an outright district championship. After a bye on Feb. 3, the Lady Dawgs take on the Anderson-Shiro Lady Owls on Tuesday, Feb. 7.  Earlier this season, Crockett defeated the Lady Owls by a final score of 55-49.

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