The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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November 27, 2012

H.S. Basketball: Palestine falls short in home-opener versus Kerens



SLOCUM 56, Centerville 52

Another ranked team from another bigger classification, and all it meant was another victory for the Slocum girls’ basketball team.

The Class 1A, Division I No. 5 Lady Mustangs overcame a slow start to outlast Class 2A No. 7 Centerville Tuesday, 56-52.

The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 23-12 lead after the first quarter, but slowly allowed Slocum back into the game as it wore along.

The Lady Mustangs had cut the lead to nine at the half, and had the deficit down to five heading into the final frame.

Slocum finally took the lead with just over 2:30 left in the game, and held on from there, as senior guard Brice Sizemore iced things down the stretch with four free throws.

Valarie Larkin had a team-high 16 points, including four three-point shots, to lead the Lady Mustangs (9-0), while Kelsee Webb had 11.

Slocum returns to action Tuesday, when it travels to take on Frankston. Subvarsity action begins at 4 p.m.

CAYUGA 62, Grand Saline 34

Kylee Cross had 14 points and Madison Spears had 12 as the Cayuga girls’ basketball team topped Grand Saline, 62-34, on the road Tuesday.

Danielle Anderson had eight points and seven rebounds in the victory for the Ladycats (2-0), while Madyson Gunnels had eight points and five assists.

Shelby Luce added eight steals to spearhead the Cayuga defense.

The Ladycats open play in the Frankston tournament Thursday at 4 p.m. against Terrell.

PALESTINE 51, Diboll 48 (Monday)

It took a huge second half — and even bigger fourth quarter — but the Palestine girls’ basketball team edged Diboll Monday, 51-48.

Trailing 27-14 at the half, Palestine put up 18 points in the third quarter to cut the Lady Lumberjacks lead to 41-32 heading into the fourth quarter.

That’s when Palestine really turned it on.

The Ladycats scored 19 points in the final frame while holding Diboll to only seven to grab the three-point win.

Senior Dana Whitehead filled up the stat sheet in the victory, scoring 30 points, grabbing seven rebounds while also tallying five assists and four steals. 27 of Whitehead’s points came in the second half.

Paradyse Page had 16 points for Palestine, along with six assists and four steals.

Breanna Jackson had a team-high eight rebounds and three steals, while Nai’Koshia Handsborough had three rebounds and three blocks.

Palestine (5-3) hosts Class 5A Tyler Lee Friday, with freshman action beginning at 5 p.m.


Coaches or team representatives are encouraged to call in scores and stats to 903-729-0281 ext. 242 by 9:30 p.m. after games, or to email

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