Frost girls coach Clark Moore didn’t like what he saw.
Too many turnovers, not enough boxing out, not everyone in sync all the time.
Then again, Moore understands.
After all, the result was just fine — a 47-26 victory by his Frost Lady Bears over Blooming Grove in the opening round of the Kiwanis Classic Basketball Tournament on Thursday.
“It was kind of ugly,’’ said Moore after his kids built a big lead and then coasted most of the game. “But that’s what happens when you don’t play for five days.’’
That’s one of the tricks in playing well in the Kiwanis Tournament, which tipped off Thursday at Navarro College. Teams have to overcome a long Christmas layoff.
Frost did it by getting off to a torrid start.
Jae Moore hit her first five shots from the floor, including a 3 that ended the first quarter, and the Lady Polar Bears had set the tone for the game. Moore’s 11 first-quarter points helped Frost take a 22-6 lead and Blooming Grove, which hustled and ran the floor well, forcing 18 Frost turnovers, just couldn’t climb out of the huge first-quarter hole.
Jae Moore finished the game with 20 points and 17 rebounds to lead the way for Frost, which is now 12-1 for the season. The Lady Bears face Mildred, which beat Dawson xxxx in the first round, at 6 p.m. Friday in the second round game. The winner of that game advances to Saturday night’s final.
Blooming Grove (5-7) was led by Hannah Southard and Brittany Nichols, who each scored six points, and Treounah Wiggins and Sydney Horner, who scored five points apiece.
Frost didn’t look like the long layoff hurt in the first quarter. The Lady Polar Bears took a 13-0 lead before Wiggins scored for Blooming Grove.
Moore had two nice assists inside to Heather Montgomery and Diana Rios drove to her right and had the assist of the game with a no-look pass to Montgomery as the Lady Polar Bears moved the ball well and made eight of their first 11 shots from the floor.
Rios, who hit a pair of 3s, finished with 10 points and Montgomery scored eight. Madison Revill added five points and Karlie Scott and Jennifer Andrews also scored for Frost.
“When we score it’s a result of the whole team,’’ Clark Moore said of Jae Moore’s 20-point game. “We don’t care who scores as long as Frost scores.’’
Frost takes that unselfish approach into every game and it’s one reason the team and the program has succeeded.
Moore said his kids are 12-1 for that reason, and the fact they work hard and know each other so well.
“”Our kids play together in multiple sports,’’ he said. “They know each other and they like being with each other. And they work hard. We’ve got good kids.’’
Moore and his kids share the same attitude about the Kiwanis Tournament, which they say is a key component to their season because the competition is strong and the tournament provides such a good atmosphere.
“We have been playing well since we lost to Wortham (in the title game of the Frost Tournament three weeks ago),’’ Moore said. “Wortham was the first real quality team we played and it really helped us to play them. That’s why we’re playing in this tournament because we see quality teams in this tournament.’’
Moore said that’s the goal — to play good teams and get better.
“What we want is to come out of this tournament a better team than when we started,’’ he said. “That’s what this tournament is for. If we won it, it would be nice but our goal is to play good teams and to be better for it.’’
Frost girls coach Clark Moore didn’t like what he saw.
Area schedule for the week
Here's a look at this week's schedule for Golden Ciircle teams and Navarro College. The schedule does not include upcoming bi-district playoff games in softball because times and sites have yet to be determined.
GC Baseball/Softball: Blooming Grove sweeps Rice in baseball and softball
Blooming Grove's Lions needed this one.
Heck, they need all of them.
That's where they're living today on the Blooming Grove diamond, where everyone knew going into Friday's game with Rice that the Lions need to win their final three games to have a chance of nailing down the final playoff spot in District 23-2A.
One down, two to go.
“It's in our hands,'' said Blooming Grove Coach Matt Anderson moments after his kids beat Rice 8-0 Friday night. “As long as we take care of our business we'll be fine.''
GC Softball/Baseball Roundup: Frost girls win district title
Frost's Lady Polar Bears needed to win to nail down the district title and they never trailed, jumping out to a 7-0 lead en route to an 11-7 clinching victory over Itasca Friday on the road. They wrapped up their second district title in a row with a 9-1 record and enter the playoffs next week at 13-1.
CHS Baseball/Softball: Whitehouse sweeps Tigers in baseball and softball
The Tigers lost a tough game to Whitehouse, 11-3 as the Wildcats' ace, Pat Mahomes, who went four innings and gave up all three runs on two hits and five walks
GC Basketball/Baseball: Mildred's Connor Hill sees life clearly
There was never any doubt for Connor Hill, never any question about what he would do or how he would do it.
Sure, there was that meeting with his mother and father and talks with the doctor when he was 10, talks and meetings that came accompanied with worry and concern.
But never from Connor.
He just never dwelled on the fact he played sports with one eye. He didn't worry or talk about it when he was 10 and he never talked about it at Mildred High, where Hill emerged as a star on the basketball court and baseball diamond.
GC Track & Field: Roundup — Frost girls win area meet
The Frost Lady Polar Bears made a shambles of their district track & field meet last week, scoring 206 points, and they were dominate again in the area meet Thursday, scoring 162 points to win the meet at Blooming Grove.
Morgan:The new endangered species
Am I just that old, or have amateur athletics gone absolutely nuts these days? On second thought, don’t answer that unless it’s yes to the nuts part.
High School and college basketball are on the verge of being totally ruined by AAU basketball. Top roundball prospects are identified by the junior high level if not earlier.
GC Track & Field: Area meet Roundup
Corsicana's Gilfillan wins 4A area pole vault title; Frost girls win 1A area team title, Frost boys finish second
GC Baseball: Mildred falls to Riesel, 9-0, on the road
Mildred managed a hit and struck out 12 times in a 9-0 loss on the road that could have given the Eagles some cushion in the 23-2A standings. They are now 5-6 with a game at league-leading Teague Tuesday.
CHS Soccer: Tigers boys and girls top off season with strong showing on All-District teams
That tough and gutsy style of play sent both the boys and girls teams into the playoffs and on Thursday the Tigers were rewarded again for their fine seasons as two boys won special honors,four boys were named to the All-District first team and two girls earned first-team honors.
Michael Roman, who did a little of everything — and did it well — was named the District 28-4A Utility Player of the Year, and sophomore defender Jesus Barreto was named the district's Newcomer of the Year.
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