Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


January 3, 2014

GC Basketball: Corsicana girls open district with a win for first time in two decades

Corsicana —      It was a win, just one win.    

    But if felt like so much more, and the kids and coaches at Corsicana High wanted to grab it, embrace it and just hold it for a while.

    That’s how sweet this one felt.

    After all, Friday’s 59-48 District 16-4A opening night win over Nacogdoches was a long time coming.

    “Forever. It’s been forever,’’ said Corsicana girls coach Art Prevost, who has turned the program around. “I don‘t know when the last time Corsicana started district out 1-0. It’s got to be in the early 1990s. It’s been forever.”

    It wasn’t easy. The Lady Tigers started out slow and trailed by eight points in the first quarter before climbing back to trail 26-25 at halftime.

    “We turned the ball over nine times in the first half, and they were playing a straight zone,’’ said Prevost who was upset with his team’s sluggish start. But he loved what he saw the last 12 minutes of the game.‘

    It was still a two-point game midway in the third when the Lady Tigers, who were clinging to a 30-28 lead took over the game, ripping off a 12-4 run to end the third quarter to take a 42-32 lead into the fourth.

    “I didn’t want to put too much pressure on them with goals when we went into this game, but we didn’t play well early. We were a little lax,” Prevost said. “But we really had a good second half. The kids really put it together. We were playing with energy. We were playing with excitement and we were executing. I’m proud of us as a group.’’

    The Lady Tigers forced six turnovers in the final four minutes of the third and four more in the opening moments of the fourth, and just pulled away from Nacogdoches.

    “We started recognizing where everybody was on the floor and we got our (fast break) going and started executing,’’ said Erica Melendez, who had a double-double, dropping in 20 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.  “We just took over.”

    When Melendez wasn’t making Nacogdoches pay inside sophomore Destini Lunsford was. She finished with 17 points and seven rebounds. Lunsford (9) and Melendez (5) scored Corsicana’s first 14 points of the fourth quarter as the Lady Tigers built a 56-41 lead.

    “It’s exciting,’’ said Melendez, a senior who remembers last year’s start in the district race. Corsicana won just one district game least season.

    “There are no words for how it feels to win the first district game,” Melendez said. “All I know is we one only one district game all of last year and we‘ve already got a win. It feels awesome.’’

    The Lady Tigers are now 15-6 for the season.

    “Our goal was to win 20 games and make the playoffs,’’ Prevost said. “We are two-thirds of the way there to 20. We made the plays down the stretch.

    “I couldn’t be happier with the play of my point guard Alexis Baston,” he said. “She‘s really been a leader for us.’’

    Baston finished with nine points and Shay Shay Taylor added a point from the guard spot. Kennady Betts scored seven points and had two rebounds before fouling out and Ariel Bartee scored three points. Briana Biltz scored two points and grabbed two rebounds.

    It doesn’t get easier. Corsicana goes on the road Tuesday to face defending district champ Lindale.

    But they can enjoy this one for a while -- it took a while to get here.

Text Only
  • GC Baseball: Kerens' Anderson makes TSWA/Collin Street Bakery all-state team at four positions

    Call it the rarest of rares, at least as far as all-state teams go. Brett Anderson of Kerens shows up on the Texas Sports Writers Association/Collin Street Bakery all-state team not one, not two, not three, but four times. Dawson's Lane Dotson was a second-team outfielder, and the Bulldogs' Trent Underwood made the third-team as a pitcher, and also garnered an honorable mention nod at first base. Kerens outfielder Brent Warren was also an honorable mention pick.

    July 21, 2014

  • RON MORGAN.jpg Morgan: All-star games and all-star shame

    If there is anything more useless than a political promise, it’s an all-star game. I don’t care what sport at what level. Any all-star game is simply an exhibition, a reward for being among the best (maybe). Any one of them is about as relevant as the IRS’s “dog ate my homework” excuse for losing emails.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Smith1 PHOTOS: Former Baylor All-American Jason Smith visits Boys & Girls Club

    July 18, 2014 4 Photos

  • 8U Screaming Eagles YOUTH SOFTBALL: Mildred Screaming Eagles fifth at TTAS 8-under state

    The Mildred Screaming Eagles 8-under softball team took fifth place out of 13 teams this week at the Texas Teenage Softball state tournament in Temple.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Podjenski Navarro NC Baseball: Long-time assistant Podjenski takes over reins

    “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Following a method that has proven successful time and time again, Navarro looked in its own backyard for its next baseball coach. On Thursday, after interviewing three finalists, college administrators named assistant Matt “Pudge” Podjenski head baseball coach.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • UIL moves state basketball tourney to San Antonio

    Texas high school athletic officials have voted to move the boys' and girls' state basketball tournaments to San Antonio after 93 years in Austin.

    July 16, 2014

  • Kerens 8U Kerens 8U baseball headed to state

    The Kerens Bobcats won the Texas Teenage Baseball 8-under district tournament last week, beating teams from Ennis and Mildred. They are undefeated going into state next week in Groesbeck.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jenna Moore.JPG TTAS State: Frost 12-under tops Whitehouse, 8-4

    Frost doubled up Whitehouse on opening day of the Texas Teenage Softball state tournament Monday. Jenna Moore struck out nine, had a home run and five RBIs, and Frost erupted for four runs in the fourth to take an 8-4 win.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Smith1 Bear witness: BU great Smith to visit B&G Club

    A former college All-American and first-round NFL pick is visiting the Boys & Girls Club Thursday, and he’s not one of the many former Tigers who have recently played on Sundays. Jason Smith of Dallas’ W.T. White High School and Baylor will speak at the Boys & Girls Club at 2 p.m.

    July 14, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-12-14 Dawson Woods.jpg TTBB 14U: Mildred sweeps through district

    That looked easy.
    What else could you say about the way the Mildred 14-and-under baseball team played this week?
    The Eagles swept through the Texas Teenage Baseball 14-U district tournament this week at Mildred, where Mildred outscored three opponents 39-2.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo