Maidens get back on winning track by besting Westwood

PALESTINE — Palestine Westwood’s Sierra Henry pumped in 21 points, but it wasn’t enough, as Jacksonville used a big second quarter to defeat the Lady Panthers 51-39 at Panthers Gymnasium on Tuesday night. The Maidens (3-4) put the brakes on a three-game losing by knocking off the lady Wildcats who are even on the season at 2-2. Leading 12-11 going into the second stanza, the maidens outscored Westwood 15-6 in the second to take a 27-17 lead. The second half was played on even terms with Jacksonville scoring 24 points to the Lady Panthers’ 22 over the final-two periods of action. The Maidens will be playing in the Ennis Tournament today through Saturday.

Pine Tree outlasts Bullard boys 47-44

BULLARD — Pine Tree jumped out to a 23-16 lead at the half and then spent the rest of the night holding off a late charge by Bullard.

The Pirates were successful in the end, taking a 47-44 decision over the panthers in Bullard on Monday night. Conner Gurley and Cale Pinion led Bullard in scoring with 15 and 11 points, respectively. Taft Rose dropped in seven, followed by Kirk Bryant with five, in a game that turned out to be a defensive-oriented affair. The two school’s traded wins in the sub-varsity tilts, with Bullard winning the 9th grade game 23-21 and the Pirates coming out on top in the junior varsity skirmish, 53-51. Bullard was slated to return to the floor at 9:35 a.m. this morning against Lucas Lovejoy in the opening round of the Van Tournament. Pine Tree is now 1-3 on the year.

Eden powers Lady Guard to lopsided victory

BULLARD — The Brook Hill Lady Guard used a tenacious defense and a balanced offensive attack to score a lopsided win over Longview Christian Heritage on Monday evening at Herrington Gymnasium. Brook Hill set the tone from the onset by shutting out Christian Heritage 8-0 in the opening quarter. The Lady Guard (3-6) had more defensive success in the closing half as Brook Hill amassed 25 points over the final-two stanzas to 13 by Christian Heritage. Jacksonville’s Alyssa Eden led Brook Hill in scoring with nine points while Amy Jo Teague swished in eight. Desarae Rowan, Emily Brunner and MC Selden added six points each for the Lady Guard. Eden and Teague connected had one 3-pointer in the non-district contest. Brook Hill will be playing in the Union Grove Tournament this weekend.

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