The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

November 26, 2013

H.S. Basketball: Grapeland Sandiettes dominate Lady Elks from Elkhart, 58-21

By BRYAN URBACH
Palestine Herald-Press

ELKHART — When a single player scores 33 points and has 12 rebounds, it’s hard to imagine the team will lose.

Such was the case on Monday when the Grapeland Sandiettes faced the Elkhart Lady Elks and achieved a 58-21 blowout win for Grapeland.

The Lady Elks started the home tilt with a good amount of momentum and had the crowd on its side — but then came Grapeland’s Cymone Davis.

Davis made her first six shots of the game down low in the post, and she went 5-6 from the free throw line to start the game.

At halftime, Davis alone had 23 points to Elkhart’s 13 as a team.

Elkhart’s struggles continued as the Sandiettes pushed the ball up the court and kept the tempo at a high pace.

The first quarter turned out to be the highest scoring quarter for the Lady Elks as they finished with seven points to Grapeland’s 18.

The Sandiettes doubled up their performance by halftime, and the Lady Elks were able to put up only six points in the second frame to bring the halftime score to 36-13.

“I thought we were more patient on the offensive end,” said Grapeland coach Anthony Decello. “Our zone is getting better each day and has been a work in progress so far.

“We know who we have to throw it to on the offensive end and we’re trying to get it to that person. So, I really enjoyed our ability to be patient tonight.”

Davis, who finished with the aforementioned 33 points and 12 rebounds, had a double-double on the night, the only person in the game to do so.

In the third and fourth quarters of the game, the Lady Elks saw less success than previously, as they were only able to score four points in each quarter.

Grapeland, on the other hand, scored 12 points and 10 points in the respective quarters to bring the final score to 58-21.

“Our defensive effort was great,” Decello said. “We’re trying to match up out of a flat 3-2, and it’s something we’ve just put in the last week. I thought they did real well and started to pick up some of the concepts.”

Up next for Elkhart is the Centerville tournament on Thursday, Dec. 5, and Grapeland will face Crockett on the road on Tuesday.

At halftime, a group of Elkhart children performed a basketball dance and dribbling routine led by Elkhart coach Corinna Smith. The children then collected donations from attendees in the stands to help support the American Heart Association.

Smith was unavailable for comment after the game.