West Rusk’s latest basketball opponent came from a little farther away than Waskom.
West Rusk’s Raiders – boys varsity and junior varsity – hosted an Australian national team, the Australian Horizon Crocs, last weekend, and the Raiders came out on top of the boys from the Land Down Under, 65-45. After the games, the teams each got their photos made together, an experience all four teams will likely remember for a lifetime.
The Raiders’ varsity outscored the Crocs, 36-22, in the first half, and the Crocs just couldn’t get back in it. Talon Winings of WR led his team with 19 points, and teammate Myles Foster had 18. Gavin Smith had nine, Jimmie Harper and Jamal Ford each had six, Logan Patterson scored five, and D.K .Anthony had two.
The Crocs’ Jai Styles and Blake Russell each had 10 points. Thomas Cameron had seven, and Jack Callaghan and Riley Keel, six each. Harrison Keany, Oliver Dipe, and Aaron Colbert each had two.
“I feel that this is an excellent opportunity for our kids to meet other athletes from other parts of the world, and be exposed to other cultures,” West Rusk boys basketball coach Chad Hlavaty said. “To my knowledge, this is the first international opponent in (West Rusk’s) history.”
The Crocs are moving on to play other teams around the state; the Raiders were to play in a tournament in Gary this weekend, they beat Alto in the first game, and then lost to Broaddus. That tournament continues through the weekend. The JV Raiders in a tournament in New Summerfield. Varsity is scheduled to play at Avinger Tuesday night at 7.
Kilgore: The Lady Bulldogs went to overtime at home Tuesday night against Hallsville, tied at 46 each at the end of regulation, but came up short, 52-49.
Jada Abercrombie led KHS with 17 points, six rebounds and four steals. Alexis T. Anderson had 13 points, 12 rebounds, five blocked shots and two steals. Miah Thomas had eight points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Coach Trushundra McGill’s Lady Bulldogs are 8-5 on the season and are off this weekend. They open District 16-4A play at Henderson next Friday night, though, a 5 p.m. freshmen start, with JV and varsity to follow.
Coach Jeff Coleman’s Bulldogs are set to play in the large TRMC Tiger Town Tournament this weekend.
Kilgore is in pool D, with White Oak, Marshall Christian, and Mount Pleasant’s JV team. Pool A is Pine Tree, Mount Pleasant, Wichita Falls and Naaman Forest. Pool B is Longview, Marshall and Birdville, and pool C is Jefferson, Pittsburg, Rains and DeKalb.
The tournament began Thursday and continues through today, with games and times depending, of course, upon wins and losses. After the Mount Pleasant tournament, the Bulldogs will host Jacksonville on Tuesday, starting at 5 with the freshmen, and then ironically host Mount Pleasant next Friday.
Sabine: The Lady Cardinals lost a close one, 52-50, Tuesday night to non-district opponent Harleton.
Coach Sara Cantrell’s Sabine girls got 15 points each from Blaire Kaufman and Mikinzi Cantrell, and 11 from Mallory Furrh. Mercedes Willett had three, Halyn McKenzie and Hailey Davis, two each, and Aubree McCann and Maddie Furrh each had a point.
The Lady Cardinals are open this weekend, and start district play Tuesday night at home against Harmony, a 5 p.m. JV start, with varsity to follow. They’re at West Rusk next Friday night, the same start time and format.
Sabine’s boys, coached by Colby Carr, are also off this weekend (the JV is in the New Summerfield tournament) and play at Mineola Tuesday night, starting with JV at 5.
Overton: Valorie Fields tossed in seven points to lead the Overton Lady Mustangs over the visiting Winona Lady Wildcats, 31-28 Tuesday night.
The Lady Mustangs trailed at halftime, 16-14, but used a stiff defense in the third period to limit Winona to just two points.
Peyton Sartors scored four of her six points in the third along with Te’Leyha Tilley’s three points and a Haley McMillan’s free throw to give Overton a 22-18 advantage.
Fields scored three in the fourth period and Sarrah Garrett iced the game for Overton when she hit the front end of a one-and-one with less than four seconds to play.
The Lady Mustangs improved to 4-3 on the year and will be playing next in the Mount Enterprise tournament this weekend.