Corsicana — The best rivalry in the Golden Circle?
It has to be the one between Blooming Grove and Rice, a couple of boys teams that had another thrilling game Friday night.
Blooming Grove’s boys got some revenge but it wasn’t easy as once again the Rice Bulldogs gave the Lions all they wanted before Blooming Grove pulled out a 74-66 win in overtime in the Blooming Grove gym
Rice beat the Lions on a tip-in at the buzzer by Dylynn Anderson in the Frost Tournament, and the Bulldogs had some dramatics on Friday when Raven Huffman hit a shot at the buzzer to send the game into OT at 61-61.
But the Lions, who trailed 24-17 at halftime and 44-43 going into the fourth quarter, pulled it out in OT to stay unbeaten in the District 23-2A race at 4-0. They are 14-2 for the season. Rice, which is 14-5, has two losses in the district.
Tyler Lewis led Blooming Grove with 18 points and Daniel Pelzel dropped in 16. Rowdy Barlow and Juanya Pyburn scored 15 each as four Lions had huge games. Tyler Ellis (3), Dalton Blake (3), Brody Owens (2) and Tyler Morris (2) also scored for Blooming Grove.
Rice was led by Daniel Artega’s 25 points. Sim Nezar dropped in 24 and Huffman had 10. Anderson (2) Nik Costlow (4) and Jamie Metcalfe (1) also scored for Rice.
Kerens 63, Venus 53 The Bobcats took the momentum from winning the Kiwanis Tournament on the road and had an easy time beating Venus Friday night. Kerens built a 31-16 halftime lead and coasted home. The Bobcats, who begin district play Friday night against Wortham, are now 10-5 for the season. Nate Betts led the Bobcats with 21 points and Dustin Jock followed with 13.Brent Warren scored 12 and Shelton Sayles and Jake Moss each had six points. Quadre Duncan (2) and Hunter Green (1) also scored for Kerens.
Mildred 54, Buffalo 49
The Lady Eagles pulled out a big District 23-2A win with a comeback and a couple of double-doubles. Mildred was down by 11 early but cut the lead to three at halftime, and then took over in the third quarter, and grabbed the lead when Callie Bland hit a 3-pointer midway through the third. They never looked back.
Shelby Adamson and Maddie Murrell both turned in double doubles
with Adamson scoring 14 points and bringing down 17 rebounds, while Murrell dropped in 10 points and had 11 boards. Allison
Hierholzer had a big game, scoring 12 points and pulling down seven offensive rebounds. Maddie Moore had 12 points and seven assists and Bland inished with five points.
Mildred is now 3-1 in the district race.
Kerens 61, Cayuga 46
The LadyCats opened District 18-1A D-I play on the road with a convincing win over Cayuga as they led from start to finish, outscoring Cayuga 24-11 in the first quarter before taking a 38-20 lead into halftime.
Beanna Baxter scored 22 points and Cambree Betts dropped in 13 for Kerens. Taylor Ames and Marqueshia Kelly each scored 11 points and Emmanuella Armant (2) and Kiara Lindsey (2) also scored for the Lady Cats.
Wortham 48, Cross Roads 22
The Lady Bulldogs opened District 18-1A D-I play with a romp over Cross Roads on Friday night.
Sara Sessions led the way with 13 points and Courtney Chasteen (10), Kierra Busby (9), Kamarie Freeman (6), Elisha Libhart (5), Kameron Rhodes (3), Kendle Rhodes (2) all scored for Wortham, which is now the 14-4 overall.
Hubbard 80, Dawson 35
The Lady Jags opened District 18-1A DI play with a convincing win as four players had double figures for Hubbard. Nakaila Banks led the way with 19 points and Tysheunna Hawthorne scored 17 while Jasmine Parks dropped in 13 and Tia Parks scored 12. Kate Suacke had nine points for Hubbard, which is now 15-1 and 1-0 in district. Shayla Parks (4), Baylour Lewis (4) and Jamie Goodpaster (2) also scored for the Lady Jags.
Stephanie Lindsey led Dawson with nine points. Jalyn Miller (7) Kaylee Martinez (4) and Courtney Warren (4) also scored for the Lady Bulldogs, who are now 5-10 and 0-1 in district play.
Blooming Grove 62 Rice 33 Hannah Southard led the way for the Lady Lions with 21 points and Tre Wiggins followed with nine. Brittany Nichols Lauren Miller and Amy Curtis scored six points each for Blooming Grove, and Sydney Horner (4), Kate Haden (3) and Erin Plyer (2) also scored for the Lady Lions. Samantha Harris and Branisha Connor led Rice with eight points each and Sadie Gent followed with six. Olivia Zellar (4), MacKenzie Smiley (4), Kassidy Blake (2) and Ashton Metcalfe (1) also scored for Rice.
Frost gets forfeit
The Frost Lady Bears stayed perfect at 5-0 in District 19-1A DII on Friday, picking up a forfeit win from Bynum, which didn’t have enough healthy players. The Lady Bears are now 14-2 for the season.