In a game that exemplifies both teams’ season, Blooming Grove’s Tyler Lewis hit a 3-point shot with five seconds remaining to give the Lions a 67-64 road win over the Rice Bulldogs. After a timeout, Rice had one last shot, but the Bulldogs attempt to tie the game would not fall and Rice had to endure another tough loss.
Early on, it was all Lions as Blooming Grove outscored the Bulldogs by seven in the first quarter, but Rice rallied in the second to take a 33-30 lead at the half. The second half was just like the first, with the Lions dominating the third quarter, then withstanding a Bulldog rally before Luis’s late heroics. Juanya Pyburn led all scorers on the night, scoring 23 for the Lions, while Luis added 18, and Dalton Blake finished with 11. For the Bulldogs, Sim Nezar and Adan Payne both had 15, while Raven Huffman added 14. Blooming Grove improves to 19-5 on the season, and, more importantly, maintained their hold on third place in a tight District 23-2A race. The Lions, at 7-2 in district play, remain within striking distance of district leaders Mildred and Marlin, while Rice falls to 1-7.
Frost raced out to an early 16-2 lead and never looked back as the Polar Bears easily defeated the Bynum Bulldogs in District 18-1A DII play. The Polar Bears increased their lead in each quarter, eventually leading by 17 at halftime and by 32 at the end of the third quarter. Colton Clayton scored 19 points to lead nine Polar Bears in scoring, while Zach Terry added nine and Isiah Belcher dropped eight. Robert Worley (7), Ryan Worley (6), Kobe Hailey (5), Chris Belcher (4), and Tyler Stevenson (2) also scored for Frost. With the win, Frost improves to 13-7 on the season and 8-2 in district play.
Frost 69, Bynum 27
The Frost Lady Bears continued to roll through District 19-1A, DII play by running past the Bynum Lady Bulldogs. Frost outscored the Lady Bulldogs 21-4 in the opening period and increased the lead to 28 points by halftime. Leading the way for Frost were Jae Moore with 20 points, Kaycee Bowling added 11 points, and Karlie Scott and Madison Revill, who both dropped in nine points. Others contributing to the Lady Bear cause were Cheyenne Pack (7), Heather Montgomery (6), Diana Rios (5), and Kennah Kennedy (2). Frost improves to 21-2 and 12-0 in district play.