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.
Navarro Softball: Bulldogs get ranked, split with Paris
Minutes after Navarro split a doubleheader with Paris on Wednesday, Navarro softball Coach Jessica Karenke was told her Bulldogs had just been nationally ranked and are now No. 16 in the NJCAA national softball poll.
She had no idea.
And she didn't care.
Karenke is worried about what happens on the diamond, and she had some concerns after Navarro made four errors in the second game that opened the door for Paris to pull off a 7-2 win after the Bulldogs and Ciara Luna controlled the first game with a 4-1 win.
GC: Mildred's O'Sullivan and Bland chosen to play in FCA All-Star games
Mildred’s Devin O’Sullivan and Callie Bland have been selected to play in the FCA’s All-Star games on June 1.
CHS Baseball: Lindale haunts Tigers again with critical 4-0 win
Lindale has been poison to Corsicana all year.
The Eagles won a bizarre game in Lindale to keep the Tigers out of the football playoffs and ruined the boys basketball season with two gut-wrenching wins in the final week of the season.
They did it again Tuesday, beating the Tigers 4-0 at Price Field to take over second place in the District 16-4A race.
Lindale (6-2) had one big inning to hand Corsicana (5-3) its second loss in a row.
GC Volleyball: Kerens' Kelly signs with Paris Junior College
She prayed about it. She lost sleep about it. And she prayed about it some more.
That's just a glimpse of what Marqueshia Kelly went through before deciding to turn down a half dozen basketball scholarships and accept a scholarship to play volleyball at Paris Junior College.
The journey might have been a little sleepless, but in the end it wasn't that tough for Kelly, who is a multi-sport star at Kerens.
“I followed my heart,'' she said on Tuesday just moments after signing a letter-of-intent to play volleyball at Paris in front of family, coaches and friends.
CHS Tennis: Tigers play well in powerhouse region
Corsicana's tennis team finished its season with a strong showing in the Class 4A Regional Tournament at UT-Arlington before falling to some powerhouse players from Dallas.
GC Baseball/Softball: Roundup -- Blooming Grove edges Mildred 1-0 (Adds Dawson-Hubbard baseball)
Blooming Grove kept its baseball playoff hopes alive, winning a pitcher’s duel, 1-0, in Mildred Tuesday night. Dalton Blake struck out 11 and scattered five hits in a well-pitched game that took an hour and a half to complete.
Navarro Softball: Bulldogs sweep Bossier on Sophomore Day
From a one-sided laugher to a hold-your-breath finish, Navarro’s softball team celebrated Sophomore Day on Saturday in front of its largest crowd of the season.
The Bulldogs ripped Bossier 14-1 in a five-inning romp and then had to fight for their lives in the second game, finally winning 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh with a squeeze bunt that brought home Caitlin Moerbe, who ended the day with a dust-filled slide at the plate.
GC Softball: Hubbard, Curtis shut out Axtell 3-0
For Hubbard’s Olivia Curtis the magic number was 15 -- as in 15 wins and 15 strikeouts.
But don’t stop counting now. There’s plenty left for Curtis and her Hubbard teammates who have made the most of their stretch run in the district race, and capped off a huge week with a 3-0 win over Axtell on Friday.
GC Baseball/Softball: Roundup -- Kerens' Anderson pitches perfect game (ADDS Dawson baseball)
Brett Anderson threw a five-inning perfect game Friday at home to lead Kerens over Neches 11-0 in a key district game that leaves the Bobcats in first place with a two-game lead.
CHS Baseball: Tigers lose to Nacogdoches 4-1
In a battle for first place in the District16-4A race, Nacogdoches and pitcher Brigham Hill stopped Corsicana’s Tigers 4-1 Friday to take over the lead in the district with a 6-1 record. The Tigers are now 5-2 and face Lindale, which is also 5-2, at Price Field on Tuesday night to try to gain ground in a tough district race.
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