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February 18, 2013

H.S. Basketball: Newton too much for Elks in bi-district matchup


LUFKIN — WESTWOOD 65, LaPoynor 57

The Westwood boys’ basketball team got double-digit scoring from four different players in a 65-57 warm-up win over LaPoynor Monday.

J.J. Turner had 15 in the win, while Chris Thompson added 12 and both Josh Denby and Dra Ross had 10 in the victory for the Panthers (22-10). L.J. Hutchison added nine.

It was a nice bounce-back win for Westwood, who fell to Oakwood, 67-53, Saturday at UT-Tyler’s Playoff Preview event.

The Panthers only trailed by three at the half, but got outscored 22-9 in the third quarter as Oakwood put the game away.

Ross had 23 in that loss for Westwood, while Denby had 15.

Westwood will play the winner of the Troup/Jefferson bi-district game in the area round. Details are yet to be determined.

Franklin 80, CAYUGA 64

CAYUGA 73, High Point Academy 67 (Sat.)

For the first time since Jan. 3, the Cayuga boys’ basketball didn’t come out of a game on top.

The fifth-ranked Wildcats fell to Class 2A No. 12 Franklin Monday, 80-64, in the two team’s final warm-up games before the area round.

Cayuga trailed by only three heading into the final quarter, but got outscored by the Lions 26-13 in the final frame.

Preston Anderson led the Wildcats with 23 points in the loss, while Chandler Rigdon had 19 and Deon Shofner added 12.

The Wildcats managed to overcome a halftime deficit and hand Arlington’s High Point Academy its first loss of the season Saturday, 73-67, at the UT-Tyler Patriot Center.

Anderson had 31 in that win, while Shofner added 22 and Rigdon had 14.

Cayuga opens up the playoffs in Buffalo at 8 p.m. Friday against Mart. That game will follow an area round game between Kerens and Waco Rappaport Academy, which will start at 6 p.m.


China Spring 79, PALESTINE 44 (Fri.)

The Palestine girls’ basketball team fell to China Spring Friday, 79-44, ending the Ladycats postseason run in the area round.

The Ladys were outscored by the Lady Cougars in all four quarters of the game, but still trailed by 11 heading into the fourth before China Spring exploded for 28 in the frame, holding the Ladycats to only five.

PHS coach Joseph Baker called it one of his teams “worst outings” defensively.

The Ladycats wrap up the season with a 12-15 overall record, but return all but two players next season.

China Spring moves on to face Palestine’s 19-3A rival Fairfield today in the regional quarterfinals.

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