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January 29, 2013

H.S. Basketball: Pressure defense helps Palestine to vital district win


WESTWOOD 57, Central Heights 53

On the west side of Palestine Tuesday, another local team was closing in on a playoff berth, as the Westwood girls basketball team topped Central Heights, 57-53.

With the win, the Lady Panthers pull into a tie with the Lady Blue Devils at 7-3 for 19-2A’s second-place spot. Also at 7-3 is Woden, which defeated Elkhart Tuesday.

Mi’Kayla Benson had 19 points to lead the Lady Panthers in the win, while Natali Muniz had 16.

Shavon Nauls added 10 points while Marialle Boles had eight points and seven rebounds for Westwood.

The Lady Panthers (16-13, 7-3) travel to district-leading Crockett Friday. Games begin at 5 p.m.

SLOCUM 59, Normangee 20

The eighth-ranked Slocum girls’ basketball team continued its run through district play Tuesday, rolling past Normangee, 59-20.

Valerie Larkin had 25 to lead the Lady Mustangs, who led Normangee 24-9 at the half in the blowout win.

Landry Lane added nine points and Cameron Vickers had eight for Slocum, which hosts Leon Friday. Games begin at 4 p.m.


PALESTINE 63, Groesbeck 38

The Palestine boys’ basketball team maintained its hold on part of District 19-3A’s third-place spot Tuesday, easily beating Groesbeck 63-38.

The Wildcats outscored the Goats 15-2 in the first quarter and never looked back in the victory, which moved them to 3-2 in district play with three games remaining.

Ben Luckett led Palestine with 16 points in the win, getting into the lane and scoring almost at-will against an overmatched Groesbeck defense.

Jarrell Owens and Gee Clark both finished with nine points, with Owens pulling down five rebounds.

C.J. Barrett had seven points and five rebounds for Palestine, while both Shumauri Scott and Dakedrick McMorris finished with six.

Palestine (10-14, 3-2) travels to Mexia Friday. Games begin at 5 p.m.

WESTWOOD 62, Central Heights 56

The Westwood boys’ basketball team held on for a bounce-back win Tuesday, topping Central Heights 62-56.

The win gets the 19th-ranked Panthers back in the win column after Friday’s loss to Elkhart.

Westwood led by 16 heading into the fourth quarter before letting the Blue Devils back in the game. But, the Panthers held on the victory in the end.

J.J. Turner had 17 points to lead Westwood, which also got 12 from Josh Denby.

Both Chris Thompson and Dra Ross had 10 in the victory.

The Panthers (18-9, 8-1) travel to Crockett Friday in what may amount to a district championship game. Games begin at 5 p.m.

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