Sandiettes Tame Teague, 74-43
By Will Johnson
FAIRFIELD – It’s tournament time in the world of high school basketball as both the Grapeland Sandies and Sandiettes are on the road this weekend.
The Sandies are playing in Central Heights and won their first two games against Jacksonville and Peaster by scores of 70-40 and 74-69. The two wins plus a 65-39 shellacking of Huntington moved them into the Championship Bracket and pitted them against the Nacogdoches Dragons. As of press time, however, the final score was not yet available.
Meanwhile, the Sandiettes are playing in Fairfield. They took their first game of pool play against the Mexia Lady Black Cats by a score of 73-50. Later that same day, they took on the Teague Lady Lions who had made deep runs in the playoffs the previous two years.
The Lady Lions were hampered by the loss of 2018 graduates, but still brought several players back from a team that went 30-3 during the 2017-2018 season. Grapeland, however, returned all their starts and it certainly showed.
The Sandiettes defense stymied the Lady Lions throughout the game forcing a ton of turnovers that led to easy baskets as Grapeland rolled to a 74-43 win in Pool Play.
The game started off with both teams looking fairly even. However, midway through the first quarter, the Sandiettes quietly took the lead with their defensive prowess and closed out the first eight minutes of play with a 19-10 lead.
Ragan Bowie scored six to pace Grapeland while Teira Jones had five and KeKe Harris had four. Hannah Chipman and Kenya Woods added two each to round out the Sandiette scoring.
Teague’s first quarter points came from Destanee Roblow with four while Monica Davis, Zareya Nelms and Mallorie Sims all had two.
As the second quarter began, the Sandiettes ratcheted up their “D” which in turn ratcheted up the offense and allowed Grapeland to open up a 22-point lead at halftime. Jones netted 11 while Bowie netted 10. Chipman, Harris and Woods all had two apiece as the Sandiettes went to the locker room with a 46-24 halftime lead.
Roblow tried to keep the Lady Lions within sight of the lead but her eight second period points weren’t nearly enough as Sims, Reagan Heggins and Layla Knight only added two apiece.
After the break, what little chance the Lady Lions had of a comeback, evaporated as the Sandiettes held Teague to a single basket by Roblow.
Grapeland, on the other hand, pushed their lead out to 30 after three periods of play. JaMiyah Bowie paced the Sandiettes with four while Chipman, Woods and Tori Woodford all had two points each to make the score 56-26, with eight minutes remaining.
In the fourth quarter, Roblow dropped in 10 for Teague and was joined in the scoring column by Sims with a three-pointer along with twos from Davis and Tee Jones.
Jones led the way for Grapeland with 10 fourth quarter points while Tatiyanna Bowie netted four. Harris and Woodford chipped in two apiece as the Sandiettes cruised to the 74-43 win.
On the game, Destanee Roblow paced the Lady Lions with 24 points. Mallorie Sims had seven and Monica Davis added four. Four other players had two points apiece for Teague.
The Sandiettes were led in scoring by Teira Jones with a game-high 26 points. Ragan Bowie dropped in 16, while Kenya Woods had eight. Both Hannah Chipman and KeKe Harris went for six while JaMiyah Bowie, Tatiyanna Bowie and Tori Woodford all had four to close out the Sandiettes’ point production.
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