The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

December 3, 2012

H.S. Basketball Roundup: WW girls finish second in Teague tournament

Staff Reports

— The Westwood girls’ basketball team ended an impressive run at the Teague tournament with a loss to the host Lady Lions, 55-45, Saturday.

The Lady Panthers fell behind at the half, 33-18, and could never recover.

Mi’Kayla Benson led Westwood with six points, while Jemelia Thomas had five and both Natali Muniz and Nekeisha Hall had four.

Marialle Boles had a team-high 13 rebounds, while Thomas and Hall each had six.

Muniz and Benson both had five rebounds, with Muniz also tallying five assists in the loss.

Westwood made it to the title game in dramatic fashion Friday.

Trailing by two points heading into the fourth quarter, the Westwood team made just enough of a comeback, earning a 31-30 win over Wortham Friday.

The Lady Panthers got seven points, eight rebounds and two steals from  Benson and six points from Muniz in the victory. Boles had three points and six rebounds, while Brittany Smith had four points.

Westwood (6-5) hosts Neches today, with games beginning at 5 p.m.


WESTWOOD 47, Jasper 34

The Westwood boys’ basketball team wrapped up a successful trip to Huntington Saturday, topping Jasper 47-34 to claim third-place at the Huntington tournament.

The Panthers sealed the win with a strong defensive performance in the second half, allowing Jasper only 13 points while scoring 26 of their own.

Jacobee Newton led the way for Westwood in the win with 12 points, while Dra Ross added 11. Both L.J. Hutchison and J.J. Turner had eight.

The Panthers got to the third-place game with a blowout win over host-Huntington, 86-37. Westwood outscored the Red Devils 48-13 in the first half alone.

Sam Carlisle had a huge game, leading Westwood with 26 points, while Turner had 19 and Hutchison added 10 in the blowout victory.

Westwood’s only loss in the tournament came in the second round to eventual champion Beaumont Kelly, 44-40. The Panthers scored only 15 first-half points in that game and could never recover.

Ross had a team-high 12 points in the loss, and Newton added 10 and Chris Thompson eight.

Westwood (4-3) travels to Oakwood today, with games beginning at 5 p.m.

Fruitvale 67, ELKHART 45

The Elkhart boys’ basketball team dropped two-straight games to finish fourth at the Eustace tournament, losing 67-45 to Fruitvale in the third-place game.

Brian Johnson had 17 points to lead Elkhart in the loss, while both Cole Bridges and Jacob Cheatham had 10.

Elkhart fell to Malakoff, 55-49, in their second game at the tournament, getting outscored 25-17 in the second half.

Johnson had 17 in the game as well, while Chance Chapman had 11 and Cheatham had 10.

Elkhart (2-4) hosts Lovelady today, with subvarsity action beginning at 4 p.m.

NECHES 46, Cross Roads 40

The Neches boys’ basketball team almost got a triple-double from Devin Kanetzky, as he and his brother led the Tigers to a 46-40 win over Cross Roads Friday.

Kanetzky had 12 points, 10 steals and nine rebounds in the victory, while his brother Serge Kanetzky had 12 points as well for the Tigers (3-4).

Harley Oakley-Collins added seven points and Austin Willingham added six for the Tigers, who take on the East Texas Christian Academy in Tyler today. Games begin at 5 p.m.