BLOOMING GROVE —
Juanya Pyburn had a clutch rebound, drew a foul and made two free throws for a three-point lead with less than a minute to go in overtime, and Blooming Grove held on for a 55-50 victory over Mildred on Friday night.
The Lions (15-5, 3-1) played great defense all night, especially in overtime, limiting Mildred to three points. Eagles guard Nic Shimonek, who scored 41 points in his most recent outing, was held to 14 by Blooming Grove.
Sophomore guard Tyler Ellis led the Lions with 14 points. Juanya Pyburn and Jacob Conger each added 11 points.
Mildred (6-3, 3-2) was led by Draylon Sterling, who had 16 points.
Marlin 71, Rice 35: Dalton Pike scored 12 points, but Rice lost its fourth straight game in district, falling to Marlin 71-35 at home on Friday night.
Kerens 76, Wortham 48: Kerens won its seventh straight game, opening District 18-1A DI action with a 76-48 victory over Wortham on Friday night.
Tobyus Thomas led No. 9 Kerens (12-5, 1-0) with 24 points. Nate Betts added 18 points and Shelton Sayles had 10.
Tyvon Freeman led Wortham (9-14, 0-1) with 13 points while Witty Busby and Brysen Rhodes each had nine points.
Dawson 44, Cross Roads 39: Caleb Grant scored 18 points as Dawson opened District 18-1A DI action with a 44-39 road win over Cross Roads.
Frost 52, Aquilla 33: Maliko Bruce scored 13 points and Danial Steels added 12 points to lead a balanced scoring attack in a 52-33 district win over Aquilla on Friday night.
Kerens 71, Wortham 42: Taylor Ames scored 24 points as No. 6-ranked Kerens blitzed Wortham 71-42 in a District 18-1A DI game on Friday night.
Breanna Wells added 17 points for Kerens (18-4, 3-0) while Marqueshia Kelly had 10. Kierra Busby led Wortham (13-14, 1-2) with 13 points.
Frost 50, Aquilla 27: Kadee Bowling scored 14 points as No. 12 Frost routed Aquilla 50-27 on Friday night.
Dakota Lassetter had 12 points and Jae Moore nine for the Lady Polar Bears.
Mildred 68, Blooming Grove 36: The Mildred Lady Eagles finished the first half of district play with a 4-2 record with a 68-36 win in Blooming Grove on Friday night.
Senior Olivia Farmer had a triple-double (14 points, 10 steals, and 10 assists) and Freshman Maddie Moore scored 15 points to go along with four steals and four assists for the Lady Eagles.
Savannah Pritchett (12 points and 14 rebounds) and Shelby Adamson (10 points and 9 rebounds) both had big nights inside for the Eagles.
Cayuga 58, Hubbard 53: Nakaila Banks scored 21 points, but Hubbard couldn’t hold onto its halftime lead in a 58-53 loss to Cayuga on Friday night.