Whitehouse teams in tourney action this week

Asja Lewis (15) looks for a shot in recent varsity hoops action.
Asja Lewis (15) looks for a shot in recent varsity hoops action.
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The Ladycats and Wildcats each opened the TABO Inc. Basketball Scholarship Classic with a win at Wildcat Arena last week.

The Ladycats overwhelmed West Rusk 57-21, while the Wildcats held off Spring Hill for a 68-58 win but fell to Longview 58-47.

The Ladycats were slated to play at Brownsboro Tuesday, Nov. 28, and will participate in the Spring Hill Tournament Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Following the tournament, the Ladycats will host Brook Hill starting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The Wildcats were scheduled to host Forney Tuesday, Nov. 28, and will participate in the Hudson Tournament Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2. The Wildcats will play at Tyler Lee Tuesday, Dec. 5, and tip-off will be at 5 p.m.

Ladycats 57, West Rusk 21

Whitehouse used a good start to jump out to an 11-5 lead in the first quarter but the Ladycats completely dominated action in the second stanza. A 21-1 run put the game well out of reach and left the Ladycats with a 32-6 advantage. Whitehouse kept the pressure on in the third period with a 14-6 run to move to 46-12 to start the final frame. The Lady Raiders were unable to mount a rally in the waning minutes.

For the Ladycats, junior Ashley Buchinder, sophomore Makayla Moore and Hope Castle, a freshman, scored 13 points apiece. Sophomores Asia Lewis and Gracie Crittenton pumped in six and five points, respectively, senior Debra Wright added four points and freshmen Reese Hester and Riley Hester scored two points and one point, respectively.

Murphy, who scored nine points, led West Rusk, while Tidwell, who dropped in the only three-point bucket in the game, added five points for the Lady Raiders.

The victory was the first in four games for the Ladycats (1-3), while West Rusk fell to 0-2.

WR.     5   1   6    9 - 21

Ladycats 11  21 14  11 - 57

Wildcats 68, Spring Hill 58

The Panthers kept the score close but Whitehouse was able to stay on top to pull out a 10-point, 68-58 victory in varsity hoops action last week.

Javier Neal and Jackson Mahomes were in double figures to help pace the Wildcats. Neal led the team with nine points in the opening quarter and he finished with 17 points. Mahomes was strong in the fourth quarter with 10 of his 15 points coming in the final frame. McKade Marquis dropped in a trio of three-point baskets and he finished with 10 points, and Kolby Jimmerson and Peyton Kennedy each scored seven points. Jake Clemons scored six, Brandon Bullard added five and Kehdahl Fry scored one.

Tyler Caron led the Panthers with 26 points to lead all scorers. He scored four three-point shots and Kyren Miller rattled in six three-point buckets to finish with 20 points.

Spring Hill connected on 15 of 22 from the free throw line for 68 percent, and the Panthers were tagged for 17 personal fouls. The Wildcats were called for 20 infractions and they scored on 15 of 23 at the line for 65 percent. No player fouled out of the game.

S. Hill     12  16  8  22 - 58

Wildcats  18  19 11 20 - 68

Longview 58, Wildcats 47

With Jason Bush leading the way, Longview jumped out to a 17-9 lead over the Wildcats early in the contest. Bush, who has committed to play at Tyler Junior College after graduation, scored eight points and the Lobos scored a trio of three-point shots. Five Whitehouse players contributed in the first quarter but no single player had more than two points.

Longview stymied the Whitehouse offense in thsecond and third quarters, holding the Wildcats to eight points in each of the frames. The Lobos took advantage for a 31-17 halftime lead and entered the final frame with a 37-25 advantage.

The two squads combined for 43 points in the final minutes, including 17 free throws. Whitehouse rallied for 22 points but the Lobos connected on a dozen of their 15 free throws to maintain the lead. Bush scored on all six of his charity tosses.

Neal, who scored six points in the fourth quarter, finished with 14 to lead the Wildcats. He scored on six of eight free throws. Marquis popped the net for a three-point shot and finished with seven points and Mahomes and Jimmerson each scored six points. Bullard added three, and Kennedy, Fry and Hayden Holley each scored two points.

The Wildcats were whistled for 22 personal fouls and Neal and Kennedy fouled out. Whitehouse scored on 14 of 22 charity shots for 64 percent. The Lobos finished with 20 infractions and hit 17 of 28 at the line for 61 percent. One player fouled out.

The Ladycats also will play in the Great East Texas Shootout in Brownsboro Dec. 7-9, and will host Henderson Friday, Dec. 15. The Wildcats received their annual invitation to play in the Bulldog Classic in Burkburnett (north of Wichita Falls) Dec. 7-9. Following the tournament, the Wildcats will play at Mt. Pleasant Dec. 15.

WH 9 8 8 22 - 47

LV 17 14 6 -21 - 58


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