By Will Johnson
ANDERSON COUNTY – Basketball season has reached the unofficial midway point of the season. With the exception of a game or two here and there, the pre-district part of the season drew to a close on Tuesday. From now until championship trophies are presented on the floor of the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, the games matter.
At the Class 4A level, the Palestine Wildcats fell in their last game before district to the Hudson Hornets by a score of 61-48. The Wildcats had a bye on Tuesday, Jan. 10 but returned to action on Friday, Jan.13 with their district opener against the Athens Hornets in Athens. As of press time, however, the score for that game was unavailable.
The Lady Cats hosted a travelling team from Australia, known as the Hawkesbury Jets, on Friday of last week and defeated their guests from down under by a score of 53-29. The girls opened their District 18-4A schedule on Tuesday with a 50-32 loss on Tuesday, Jan. 10 to the Madisonville Lady Mustangs. The Lady Cats joined their male classmates on Friday, Jan.13 with a district game against the Athens Lady Hornets in Athens. As of press time, however, the score for that game was unavailable.
Moving to the Class 3A ranks, the Elkhart Elks were 1-1 last week as they lost a District 18-3A matchup to the Malakoff Tigers by a final score of 75-31. On Tuesday of this week, the Elks took down the Leon Cougars by a final score of 65-61.
The Lady Elks hosted the Malakoff Lady Tigers on Friday, Jan 6 and things didn’t go very well for the Lady Elks as they fell by a final score of 60-17. On Tuesday, the Elkhart girls took on the Leon Lady Cougars and fell by a final score of 42-14.
Friday saw both the Elks and Lady Elks hit he road for games against the Westwood Panthers and Lady Panthers. As of press time, however, the scores for those game was unavailable.
The Frankston Indians and Maidens had a rough week. The Indians lost to the Buffalo Bison on Friday, Jan. 6 by a score of 61-50. They followed that up on Tuesday with a 61-31 loss at the hands of the Malakoff Tigers.
The Maidens did not fare any better as they also lost to both Buffalo and Malakoff, by scores of 71-37 and 36-28. The Frankston teams travelled to Jewett on Friday for games against the Leon Cougars and Lady Cougars. As of press time, however, the scores for those game was unavailable.
The Westwood Panthers took on the Leon Cougars last Friday and won a hard fought 59-49 game. The Panthers and Lady Panthers were both off on Tuesday, Jan. 10. The Westwood teams returned to action on Friday, Jan. 13 as they hosted the Elkhart Elks and Lady Elks. As of press time, however, the scores for those game was unavailable.
In District 19-2A, the Cayuga Wildcats and Lady Wildcats had a bye on Friday, Jan. 6. On Tuesday, both the girls and boys had games against La Poyner. The Lady Wildcats fell to the Lady Flyers by a final score of 50-44, while the Wildcats fell to the Flyers by a score of 71-27.
Both the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats were back in action on Friday, Jan 13 as they traveled to Italy for games against the Gladiators and Lady Gladiators. As of press time, however, the scores for those game was unavailable.
Action from District 21-2A saw the Neches Lady Tigers squeeze out a one point win over the Alto Lady Jackets on Friday, Jan. 6. Their next game, unfortunately, was Tuesday’s 53-29 loss to the Cushing Lady Bearkats.
The Neches Tigers continued their climb up the Class 2A rankings and now sit at #12 in the Jan. 9 TABC poll after they defeated the Tenaha Tigers on Saturday, Jan. 7 by a score 72-69. The boys were off on Tuesday, but both the boys and girls teams returned to action on Friday, Jan. 13 as they hosted the New Summerfield Hornets. As of press time, however, the scores for those game was unavailable.
Rounding out the area schools in Anderson County, the Slocum Mustangs and Lady Mustangs had a good week. While the boys were off on Friday, Jan. 6, the girls defeated the Trinidad Lady Trojans by a final score of 68-14.
The boys were back in action on Tuesday, Jan. 10 and defeated the Oakwood Panthers by a final score of 54-39. Meanwhile, the Lady Mustangs hammered the Oakwood Lady Panthers by a final score 60-9.
Slocum hosted the Avalon Eagles and Lady Eagles on Friday, Jan. 13. As of press time, however, the scores for those game was unavailable.
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