The girls bracket held to form on Day 1 of the Kiwanis Classic.
The closest margin of victory? Teague's 16-point win over Hubbard in the third girls game of the day.
Mildred beat Dawson 66-15. Frost defeated Rice 63-24. And in the nightcap, Kerens dominated Blooming Grove 58-17. That's an average margin of 43.67 per win.
It didn't make for a very exciting opening day at the K. and Ida Wolens Special Events Center on Thursday. But it should set us up for a thrilling Friday and Saturday with nice balance in the championship and consolation brackets.
It's an elite grouping of girls teams. Three of them are ranked -- the LadyCats are No. 2 in Class 1A Division I, Frost is No. 10 in 1A DII and Teague is No. 16 in 2A. They have combined for 44 wins and just six losses.
Mildred, the only unranked winner in Thursday's opening round, ran its record up to 12-4 (one of the Lady Eagles' losses came in district to Teague).
In the closest game on paper, Hubbard, with 13 wins, couldn't get within striking distance of Teague. The Lady Jaguars had several chances in the fourth quarter to cut into a nine-point lead, but Teague's outside shooters -- Haley Guerrero and Alexandra Watson -- stopped Hubbard with cold-blooded 3-pointers.
Even Nakaila Banks couldn't shoot Hubbard all the way back into the game, even though she made three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter before and after suffering from an upset stomach -- yes, you know what I mean -- near halfcourt.
"Banks is the real deal," Teague coach Taylor Sim said. "I'm glad she didn't heat up until late in the game."
Mildred and Frost both won easily, even though they played in the morning and had some trouble finding their top levels of energy. The teams will play at 3 p.m. on Friday in a game that could give us our first buzzer beater of the tournament (if it doesn't come earlier in the consolation round).
The odds are against anyone beating the LadyCats, who have lost only to Class 3A Mexia, Tyler T.K. Gorman and also to Dallas Triple-A Academy in a disputed game. Kerens played in Dallas and the game wasn't refereed by UIL-sanctioned officials. The loss didn't impact the LadyCats -- they are only behind Martin's Mill in the state poll (that's who beat Kerens in the state semifinals).
I asked Blooming Grove coach J.J. Guidry if he had a game plan to beat Kerens. It was an impossible question to answer.
"They have a great basketball team," Guidry said. "They do a tremendous job of pressuring the ball and they show a lot of multiple looks on defense."
Guidry had a diplomatic answer when asked if Teague, Frost or Mildred can hang with Kerens.
"It will be interesting," Guidry said. "Teague also likes to pressure the ball. And there are two solid teams on the other side of the bracket."
It's a tall order for anyone against Kerens, just like it has been when this tournament became a small-school event.
The LadyCats are loaded with players that played in a state tournament game earlier this year in Austin. The Lady Lions are a team getting used to the uptempo style Guidry will eventually have fully installed and ready for wins in Blooming Grove.
Until someone gets close to the LadyCats, this is their tournament and their stage.
Odds are against anyone beating the LadyCats
The girls bracket held to form on Day 1 of the Kiwanis Classic.
GC Baseball: Kerens beats Cayuga 5-1, wins first district title since 1981
The wait is over.
And it came just in time for Brett Anderson, who left it all on the mound Tuesday night at Kerens, where he pitched a masterpiece to lead the Bobcats over Cayuga, 5-1, and help the program win its first baseball district title since 1981.
“I've got no gas left. I'm out,'' said Anderson, a senior lefty who stopped Cayuga cold, holding the three-time defending district champs to just three singles while striking out 14.
GC Basebal Roundup: Corsicana blasts Jacksonville; BG wins huge district game
The Corsicana Tigers wrapped up district play with a dominating 9-0 win over the Jacksonville Indians behind Trevor Nolen, who shut out the Indians and allowed only one hit over 6 1/3 innings. Donovan Fields came on to retire the final two hitters. The Tiger pitchers limited the Indians to only 25 plate appearances in the game and no runner to reach third base.
Rodeo: Navarro County Derrick Days -- Burton is back
Professional rodeo entertainer Ronald Burton returns to the Navarro County Exposition Center April 25-26 to entertain the crowd at the 2014 Navarro County Derrick Days Pro Rodeo.
Huggins to call shots at Derrick Days Rodeo
West Huggins will serve as the announcer for the 2014 Navarro County Derrick Days Pro rodeo. The Gardendale native is the reigning three-time United Professional Rodeo Association Announcer of the Year.
Dill gets 300th win in Navarro baseball sweep of Bossier Parish
Navarro baseball’s weekend in Louisiana was significant on a number of fronts. On one hand, coach Whoa Dill notched his 300th win. On the other, and perhaps more importantly, the Bulldogs simply continued to play well. The Bulldogs swept Bossier Parish to move 14-11 in Region XIV East Zone play, and 27-17 overall.
Mildred sending five to regional track meet
Sasha Ballard set a school record in the 800 meters and paced a contingent of five Mildred thinclads heading to Stephenville for the regionals later this week.
Kerens boys grab four gold medals at area track meet
Tavion Hall and Jalon Moss each snared a pair of gold medals as Kerens boys finished second at their area track meet last week with 88 points.
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.
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