Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

February 14, 2013

Lady Hornets and Lady Panthers to face stiff Area Round tests on Friday

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Girls basketball squads from New Summerfield and Bullard High Schools will be in action on Friday as both the Lady Hornets and the Lady Panthers are slated to match-up against a couple of salty foes in Area Round action.

New Summerfield (19-12) won its bi-district clash with Tenaha on Tuesday as Maritzza Melendez pumped in 21 points in the Lady Hornets' 54-45 victory.

New Summerfield, who finished third in District 21-A-I, also got double-digit production from Simone Derrett and Ramie Weaver, who canned 15 and 13 points, respectively.

At 6 p.m. Friday at the Central Heights Gymnasium, the Lady Hornets will take on a formidable opponent, the Lady Eagles from Zavalla.

Zavalla is 29-6 on the year and us ranked No. 15 in this week's Class A-I Texas Association of Basketball Coaches weekly poll.

Zavalla won the District 23-A-I title and had a first-round playoff bye.

The District 16-3A champion Bullard Lady Panthers (24-9) will collide with No. 15-ranked Pittsburg at 6 p.m. Friday at Lindale's Eagle Gymnasium, in a Class 3-A, Region II, Area affair.

Pittsburg (28-5) got past Quinlan-Ford, 55-38, on Tuesday to advance to play Bullard.

DeNasia Watson tossed in 22 points for Pittsburg in the victory.

Bullard, who garnered an opening-round free pass, already has a win over Pittsburg this season, as the Lady Panthers won 40-27 back on Dec. 8, 2012, in a game that was played in Bullard.

Bullard has lost only one game in 2013, and that came at the hands of Kilgore (54-41) in District 16-3A action.