By Todd Wills
Corsicana Daily Sun
Art Prevost and Don Newton find themselves in different situations heading into the Christmas break.
For the girls, it’s about getting some momentum.
For the boys, it’s all about keeping it.
The Tiger boys will be the only team in action Tuesday night when Corsicana hosts Whitney at 7 p.m. at Tiger Gym. The girls will play again Friday on the road against Canton.
The Corsicana boys won again Friday, pounding Mexia 62-49 for their fourth straight victory. The Tigers (11-3), who also will play West on Friday, already have a seven-game winning streak this season.
Tigers coach Don Newton wants to keep the latest win streak and momentum going.
“It’s big that we finish off these last two games before the break,” Newton said. “That way mentally when we have a five-day break we still have some momentum.
“Friday night was our best game of the season,” Newton said. “So mentally I’m a little bit concerned about a week where someone might be laying in the gaps out there. I’m optimistic that we’re confident and upbeat and excited. I think we’ll ride the wave into the break.”
The Tigers led Mexia 36-21 at halftime and by as many 26 points in the second half. Mike Lewis scored 18 points and Dzifa Mallet had 16.
But it was the Tigers’ defense that please Newton the most. Mexia was coming in off a win over Waco La Vega, which ended the Tigers’ 7-game streak last weekend at the Fairfield Tournament.
“We were ready to play,” Newton said of the Mexia win. “We didn’t shoot it great. But we defended as well as we have all year.”
The Lady Tigers (11-8) had a rough last week, falling to Mexia 61-31 after losing to Fairfield 57-40 on Tuesday. Note that it was two difficult games competition-wise. Mexia is No. 4 in the latest 3A poll. Fairfield is No. 5.
The girls have lost three straight games and still have the prestigious Coca Cola Classic in Dallas coming up after Christmas.
“Blame it on scheduling,” Lady Tigers coach Art Prevost said. “But the only way you can test yourself is with top competition. We can survive at 11-8.”
Prevost has a target of 14 or 15 wins heading in the 16-4A opener at Nacogdoches on Jan. 4 (the boys start district a week later).
So a win at Canton is crucial, followed by a good showing in Dallas.
“When you play two state-ranked teams you can’t afford to go drop another game,” Prevost said. “It’s important to get back on the winning track. We have to get our mental state ready. Go on the road, get a win, take a few days off and play in another tough tournament.”
The Lady Tigers will open the Coca Cola Classic at 10:30 a.m. next Thursday against North Forney at Kimball High School.
Hopefully, Corsicana will be healthy. Prevost’s team has lost 33 player games to injuries or illnesses. Inside presence Tamera White could return soon.
One thing is certain. Prevost added — the Lady Tigers will be ready for the district race.
“We have the toughest schedule in our district by a mile,” Prevost said.