By Will Johnson
CROCKETT – The Crockett Lady Bulldogs were tied for the lead at the end of the first round of District 18-3A when they played the Hempstead Lady Bobcats on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The Lady Dawgs lone loss in the first round of district completion had come at the hands of the New Waverly Lady Bulldogs – last year – as they fell by a score of 55-47.
As Crockett opened the second half of district, the Hempstead Lady Bobcats paid a visit to the Andrew J. Hopkins Activity Center, looking to avenge a 65-23 loss from earlier this season. While the game was closer, the results were the same as the Lady Bulldogs rolled to a 67-37 win.
The first quarter was relatively close as the Lady Dawgs struggled to find their offensive rhythm. One player who had no problem finding her shot was Shelby Corry as she drained two shots from behind the arc for six points. Katelin Holmes added a three of her own to go along with one of two from the free throw line while Dea’Veon Farris, Mercedes James and Jada Lockhart all had two to round out the Lady Dawgs’ first quarter scoring.
The Lady Bobcats’ Madison Vasquez paced Hempstead in the first eight minutes of play with five points. She was joined by Sa’Rai Wilson with four and Michelle Carrillo with three as the Lady Bobcats trailed 16-12 after the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter, points wise, was a carbon copy of the first as Crockett scored 16 and Hempstead netted 12 as Crockett led 32-24 at the break.
The Lady Dawgs were led by Holmes with six and Dea’Junique James with five points in the second period of play. Corry dropped in another 3-pointer and Tynashia McKnight chipped in two to account for the Crockett point production in the quarter.
Harris poured in seven for the Lady Bobcats during the second quarter and was joined in the scoring column by both Wilson and Keyonna Harris with two while Vasquez made one of two from the free throw line.
After the break, the Lady Dawgs put the game away behind the outside shooting from Corry and the inside play of D. James. Corry nailed a trio of 3-pointers while James powered her way to nine points in the third quarter. Corry and James were joined in scoring by Holmes with two and Lockhart with one.
Vasquez scored eight for the Lady Bobcats while Carrillo dropped in two as Hempstead found themselves trailing by 19 after three quarters were in the books.
The fourth quarter belonged to the Crockett defense as they held Hempstead to three total points on a two from Vasquez and a free throw from Jonabeth Evans.
With a nearly 20 point lead, Coach Cookie Johnson gave some of her younger players a bit of game-time experience. Alinjah McKnight went for seven in the fourth quarter while T. McKnight added four and V. Burks chipped in three as the Lady Dawgs pulled away to win by a final score of 67-37.
For the game the Lady Bobcats were led in scoring by Madison Vasquez with 16 and Michelle Carrillo with 12 points. Sa’Rai Wilson dropped in six, while Keyonna Harris had two and Jonabeth Evans added one.
The Lady Dawgs were led by Shelby Corry with 18 and Dea’Junique James with 14 points. Katelin Holmes knocked down 12 Alinjah McKnight went for seven and Tynashia McKnight scored six. Both V. Burks and Jada Lockhart scored three while Dea’Veon Farris and Mercedes James added two.
The win keeps the Crockett Lady Bulldogs on top of the District 21-3A standings. Crockett faced the Onalaska Lady Wildcats in Onalaska on Friday, Jan. 20. As of press time, however, the score was unavailable. On Tuesday, Jan. 24 the New Waverly Lady Bulldogs will travel to Crockett for a game that may very well determine the district championship.
Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.