The Palestine boys’ basketball team lost their second-straight district game last Friday, setting up a potentially huge game Friday in Rusk.
The Wildcats fell to No. 25 Fairfield, 58-46, Friday, as the Eagles built up a 28-16 halftime lead and never looked back.
Gee Clark led Palestine with 11 points, while Ben Luckett also finished in double-figures with 10. Vay Davis, Jarrell Owens and Sheldon Watson each added six.
That loss comes on the heels of Palestine’s home defeat to Mexia Tuesday, moving the Wildcats to 1-2 in district play. After a bye today, the Wildcats travel to Rusk Friday.
That game becomes huge for the Wildcats who, with a win, can even their district record at 2-2 through the first round and, more importantly, have wins over the Eagles and Groesbeck, giving them the edge for 19-3A’s third-and-final playoff spot.
Games begin Friday in Rusk at 5 p.m.
Crockett 85, ELKHART 78
The Elkhart boys’ basketball team fell short Friday in a high-scoring battle for 19-2A’s second-place spot.
The Elks gave up 51 points over the second and third quarters to Crockett in a 85-78 loss, which dropped Elkhart to 4-2 in district play after the first round. The win propelled Crockett to 5-1.
Westwood currently leads the district with a 6-0 mark.
Jeffrey Wilson had 18 points for Elkhart in the loss, one of five Elks in double-figures. Jacob Cheatham added 16 and Cole Bridges had 15.
Both Brian Johnson and Luke Hollingsworth added 10 in the defeat.
Elkhart (10-11, 4-2) travels to Garrison today, with games beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, the Elks welcome in county-rival and district leader Westwood.
GRAPELAND 75, SLOCUM 55
Behind 33 points from star Patrick Walker, the third-ranked Grapeland boys’ basketball team topped Slocum Friday, 75-55.
Trevelon Hart had 11 for the Sandies in the win, while both Jacolby Simpson and Jacques Faulk had eight.
Slocum got 14 points from both Jason Neal and Connor Dickson in the loss, while Spence McDonald added 13 and Nathan Edwards had eight.
H.S. GIRLS BASKETBALL
Wortham 57, CAYUGA 51
The Cayuga girls’ basketball team dropped a crucial game Friday, falling to Wortham, 57-51, and falling into a three-way tie for second-place in District 18-A, Division I.
Madison Spears had 15 points and Madyson Gunnels had 12 in the loss, which dropped Cayuga to 14-9 overall and 3-2 in district play. The win moved Wortham to 15-4 and 3-2, while Hubbard’s win over Cross Roads also gave the Lady Jags a 3-2 district mark.
Danielle Anderson had 10 points for Cayuga, while both Kylee Cross and Molly Griffey had six. Shawnta Knox had only two points, but pulled down a team-high 13 rebounds.
Cayuga hosts a crucial game today, when they welcome in third-ranked Kerens (20-4, 5-0) to open the second round of district play. Kerens defeated Cayuga 64-51 earlier this month.
Fairfield 65, PALESTINE 37
The Palestine girls’ basketball team fell to the newly-minted No. 1-ranked Fairfield girls’ basketball team Friday, 65-37.
PHS coach Joseph Baker said the difference in the game was “way too many turnovers” by the Ladycats.
The loss drops Palestine to 1-3 in district play, and the Ladycats face a must-win game Friday in Rusk if they hope to make a run at the postseason.
Games begin at 5 p.m.
SLOCUM 68, GRAPELAND 52
The ninth-ranked Slocum girls’ basketball team continued to protect its home court Friday, topping rival Grapeland, 68-52.
The Lady Mustangs, who improved to 11-0 at the Slocum High School gym, got 56 points from the duo of Valerie Larkin and Brice Sizemore.
Larkin scored 36 while Sizemore added 20 for the Lady Mustangs, who host Latexo Tuesday. Games begin at 4 p.m.