Grapeland Defeats Latexo, 78-23
By Will Johnson
GRAPELAND – After quite a few years without one, the Grapeland Sandiettes have now laid claim to their second consecutive district championship following their 78-23 win over the Latexo Lady Tigers.
The Sandiettes left no doubt about their intentions to win the title on Friday night, Feb. 2 as they raced out to a 23-2 lead after the first eight minutes of play.
Baylee Granberry scored the Lady Tigers only two points in the quarter while Grapeland used six players to account for their point production.
Kenya Woods led the way for the Sandiettes with eight points while Hannah Chipman and Teira Jones both had four. Ragan Bowie knocked down a three as both Tatiyanna Bowie along with DeDe McKnight dropped in two to make the score 23-2 after one.
The Lady Tigers didn’t fare any better in the second quarter as the Sandiettes limited Latexo to four free throws from Kelsey Patterson.
Meanwhile, the Sandiettes continued to push the ball up court and dropped another 19 on Latexo to bring the halftime lead to 42-6.
For the second quarter in a row, Woods went for eight, Jones added four and R. Bowie connected from behind the arc. McKnight had two and was joined by Gracie Conner who broke into the scoring column with a two of her own.
The second half was somewhat better for the Lady Tigers as both Granberry and Patterson scored for Latexo. Granberry had five and Patterson had four in the third.
After the break, the Sandiettes began to milk the clock and substitute liberally. Jones had four of Grapeland’s 17 points in the third while Mary Jane Watson connected from downtown. R. Bowie, T. Bowie, KeKe Harris, McKnight and Woods all had two points to make the score 59-15 after three periods of play.
As the game moved into the final period of play, Patterson scored five for the Lady Tigers while Granberry added three.
The Sandiettes were paced T. Bowie, Chipman and McKnight – all with four. Aeriannia Granderson dropped in a three while both R. Bowie and Watson had two which made the final score 78-23.
The Lady Tigers were led in scoring by Kelsey Patterson with 13 points and Baylee Granberry with 10.
The Sandiettes were led by Kenya Woods with 18 and Teira Woods with 12 points. Ragan Bowie and DeDe McKnight added 10 while both Tatiyanna Bowie and Hannah Chipman had eight. Mary Jane Watson went for five, Aeriannia Granderson connected on a three and both Gracie Conner along with KeKe Harris had two.
Grapeland took on the Centerville Lady Tigers on Tuesday, Feb. 6 but the score was unavailable as of press time.
If the playoffs were to start based on the Feb. 5 standings, the Sandiettes would face the Italy Lady Gladiators in the Bi-District round of the playoffs.
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