By SCOTT TYLER
H-P Sports Editor
The Palestine Wildcats did not open up district the way they would have hoped.
The Wildcats lost to Madisonville Friday night 59-77 at Wildcat Gymnasium in the District 19-3A opener.
Madisonville (1-0, 18-2) led for most of the game as the Wildcats’ (0-1, 10-7) only had one lead, which was 6-5, in the early moments of the game.
Despite the loss, Larry Jackson, who struggled through leg cramps for most of the second half, scored more than half Palestine’s points. Jackson finished with 30 points and has scored 30 or more points in three of Palestine’s last five games.
Palestine’s Jeffrey Strain also finished in double digits with 12 points.
The Wildcats struggled with their outside shot as Madisonville primarily played a zone defense.
Palestine made only two three pointers — both by C.A. Mims — while Madisonville hit five from behind the arc.
Madisonville used a 7-0 run early in the second quarter to take a 29-19 lead.
The Mustangs stretched the lead to 13 points but Palestine started to chip into the lead when Madisonville’s two tallest players Chris Whaley and Chris Young both went to the bench.
Palestine went on a 13-2 run as Jackson made six straight free throws. Jackson was 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.
Jackson followed with a putback and Strain had a steal and a layup to cut the lead to 36-33 with 52 seconds left.
Palestine got within one point with a pair of free throws by Jeremy White but at the buzzer, Whaley hit a three pointer to give the Mustangs a 39-35 lead.
Madisonville started the second half scoring the first six points to lead by 10. The Mustangs kept its lead at least seven points going into the fourth quarter. Madisonville then outscored Palestine 13-4 to put the game away.
Notes: Palestine travels to Mexia Friday night. Tickets for the game must be bought in advance at the Palestine High School athletic office. Tickets may be purchased from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Adult tickets are $3 and student tickets are $2.
By SCOTT TYLER
This Week's Circulars
Alta Jewell Richardson, 60, passed away Jan. 6, 2021 in Houston. Services will be held Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery-Crockett. The viewing will be on Jan. 15, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Emanuel Funeral Home of Crockett.
Funeral service for Kiara Raelyn Yarbrough, 26, who died on Janunary 1, 2021 in Dallas will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Memorial Cemetery. Burial to follow in Memorial Cemetery in Palestine, Texas. Funeral arrangements will be handled by Emanuel Funeral Home of Palestine.
Jessie Louis McKnight, 88, died on January 8, 2021 in Crockett. Funeral services will be held on January 16, 2021 at noon Satuday at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Burial to follow in Mt. Moriah-Crockett. Services will be handled by Emanuel Funeral Home of Crockett, Texas.
Services for William "Bill" Edward Pervis, age 74, of Elkhart, are pending at Rhone Funeral Home. Mr. Pervis passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021, in Tyler. To leave online condolences, visit www.rhonefuneralhome.com.
Services for Virginia Eleanor Kinart, 94 of Elkhart are pending with Bailey & Foster Funeral Home. Mrs. Kinart passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at her home.
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