Lady Bulldogs Open Tourney with Win

Crockett Defeats Corrigan-Camden, 47-35

By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

CROCKETT – The Crockett Lady Bulldogs opened the 2017 Crockett Lady Bulldog Thanksgiving Classic with a game against the Corrigan-Camden Lady Bulldogs on Thursday, Nov. 16.

Crockett came into the game with a record of 2-1 with wins over Hearne and Lockhart as well as a loss to Madisonville. Corrigan-Camden sported a record of 1-2 with losses to New Waverly and Warren to go along with a victory over Diboll.

The game had an unusual start time of 8 a.m. and the early tip-off seemed to throw Corrigan off its game. The Lady Bulldogs only scored one point in the first quarter on a free throw form Ladeja Daniels.

While Corrigan had their challenges in the opening period, Crockett did not as they raced out to a 13-1 lead after the first eight minutes of play. Dea’Junique James and Tynaisha McKnight both dropped in four, Mercedes James connected on a three-pointer and Jaida Lockhart added two for the Lady Bulldogs from Houston County.

Corrigan managed to find their shooting touch as the game moved into the second period. The visiting Lady Bulldogs scored five points from the charity stripe as Mya Williams had a three point play on a basket along with a free throw. Kamiyah Harrison and Dadrionna Patterson both converted a pair of free throws while Charisma Mallard hit a two from the field.

Dea’Junique James powers her way inside for two of her 15 points as the Crockett Lady Bulldogs defeated the Corrigan-Camden Lady Bulldogs, 47-35.

Crockett extended their lead by one before halftime and led by a score of 23-10 at intermission. D. James added four to her total while Lockhart, Alinjah McKnight and T. McKnight all had two.

Following the break, Lockhart took over the game in the third quarter as she scored all 10 of Crockett’s points as the Lady Bulldogs extended their led to 33-18.

Corrigan managed to put up eight in the third quarter as Daniels and Jada Clemons both had four.

As the fourth quarter got underway, the Lady Bulldogs from Corrigan made a furious comeback attempt. Harrison scored six while Williams dropped in four. Patterson, Jasa Williams and Chloe Johnson all had two while Mallard closed out the Corrigan scoring with a free throw.

It was all for naught, however, as D. James put in seven, Anastasia Bolton drained a three while both Lockhart and De’aveon Farris had two to close out the game, with Crockett winning by a final score of 47-35.

For the game, Corrigan was led in scoring by Kamiyah Harrison with eight and Mya Williams with seven points. Ladeja Daniels added five, Jada Clemons and Dadrionna Patterson both had four, Charisma Mallard netted three to go along with two points from both Chloe Johnson and Jasa Williams.

Crockett was led by Jaida Lockhart with 16 and Dea’Junique James with 15. Tynaisha McKnight had six, Anastasia Bolton and Mercedes James both had three while De’aveon Farris, along with Alinjah McKnight, closed out the scoring with two apiece.

Following the game, Head Coach Cookie Johnson commented on her team’s performance.

“I thought we stepped it up on defense. We are a defensive team and we actually showed that this morning. We played awesome on defense and that’s what won us this game,” she said.

“We got sloppy at the end on offense, but defensively, we were able to control the tempo,” Johnson added.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at [email protected].

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