Ernest McGhee enjoyed life under the rim Tuesday night.
The Tigers senior post scored 24 points, staying active in transition and on the offensive boards as Corsicana pulled away for a 62-52 victory over Waxahachie at Tiger Gym.
The Tigers (10-3) won their third straight game after a brief two-game slide at the Fairfield Tournament. They had to fight for Tuesday’s win.
Corsicana and Waxahachie went back and forth for most of the first three quarters. The Tigers finally took the lead for good when Dzifa Mallet and Jamaal Evans made 1 of 2 free throws for a 36-35 lead with 2:16 left in the third quarter.
That started an 11-0 run to end the quarter. Mallet scored five straight points on a drive and a 3-pointer to make it 41-35. McGhee, who had 11 points in the third quarter, scored two straight baskets off offensive rebounds for a 45-35 lead.
The Tigers took their largest lead a 50-37 lon another Evans’ free throw, but Waxahachie slowly fought back. Antoine Taylor made 3 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, one that Mike Lewis answered to keep the Tigers up 53-44 with 3:27 left in the game.
Taylor nailed another 3-pointer to cut the lead to six, but McGhee produced an answer with a 3-point play to put the lead back at 59-50 with 1:51 left.
Corsicana struggled from behind the arc in the first half, making 1 of 15 3-pointers. So the six points McGhee had in the opening period were important as the Tigers led 15-12 after the first quarter.
“That was the best game Ernest has played all season by far,” Tigers coach Don Newton said. “He got a lot of rebounds down there.”
McGhee went scoreless in the second quarter and Waxahachie surged ahead for a 24-21 halftime lead.
Mallet and Lewis each had 14 points. Evans came off the bench for the first time this season to score eight important points.
“He had a nice edge to him,” Newton said.
So did McGhee, who has improved from the start of the season as the game begins to slow down for him. He’s a great offensive rebounder and his finishing at the rim gets better and better.
“Things have settled down for me,” McGhee said. “I want the contact now and the extra shot to go with a basket.”
Ernest McGhee enjoyed life under the rim Tuesday night.
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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