Texas High 76, Wildcats Basketball 67
The #7 ranked Wildcats’ basketball express, rolling all season long, was derailed Tuesday evening as the Wildcats lost at Texas High, 76-67. Wildcats Coach Clark Cipoletta said the Tigers just outplayed the Wildcats from the opening tip off. Godsgift Ezedinma led the Wildcats with 22 points. Keaston Willis scored 16. Victor Iwuakor had 14 points. Day Day Hall scored 6, Michael Jefferson had 3 and Dedric Godbolt and Grayson McClure scored 2 points each. The loss was a costly one for the Wildcats. They fall into a virtual tie for first place with Mount Pleasant with one district loss apiece. The Wildcats have a bye Friday while Mount Pleasant hosts Texas High. The Wildcats-Mount Pleasant rematch comes upnext Tuesday in Wildcats Gym. The Wildcats got a big win in Mount Pleasant, 57-54 back on January 12. The Wildcats are now 8-1 in district play. Their season record is now 25-4. The Texas High loss was the Wildcats’ first this season against a Class 5A team. The Wildcats other three losses were all to state ranked Class 6A teams.
Texas High 68, Lady Cats Basketball 37
The #9 ranked Lady Cats’ basketball team picked a real bad time to have an off night. The Texas High Lady Tigers put on a tenacious press that forced the Lady Cats to turn the ball over time and time again. Early the Lady Cats hung in there and they trailed only 15-12 after the first quarter. In the second quarter with point guard Sadavia Porter on the bench strapped with foul trouble, the Lady Tigers build a 12 point lead. Still the Lady Cats fought back and they trailed only 27-24 at half time. The Lady Cats scored the first three points of the third quarter and the game was tied 27-27. The Lady Cats then suffered a game altering scoring drought. Texas High went on a 20-0 run to make it 47-27. The game only got worse from that point. Both the Lady Cats and Lady Tigers now have one district loss. Mount Pleasant is lurking with two district losses. The Lady Cats have a bye Friday while Mount Pleasant plays at Texas High. The Lady Cats conclude district play as they have their rematch with Mount Pleasant next Tuesday at Mount Pleasant. The Lady Cats defeated Mount Pleasant at home, 68-33 on January 12. Against Texas High, Kaylee Jefferson led the Lady Cats with 19 points. Imani Taylor scored 8 points. Porter and Autumn Tanton had 5 points apiece. The stats for the Lady Cats were bleak. They shot only 31% from the field including 0 for 3 from three point range. They did manage 60% from the free point line making 15 of 25 charity tosses. The Lady Cats had only 7 assists, just 4 deflections and only 5 steals. They had 32 turnovers. The Lady Cats did have 37 rebounds with Jefferson getting 18 and Danielle Godbolt 12. Tuesday night’s loss occurred on Senior Night for the Lady Cats. Before the Texas High game, the Lady Cats recognized three seniors: Taylor, Jamia Hall and Jefferson. The Lady Cats are now 10-1 in district play and 24-4 for the season.