Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

January 10, 2014

GC Basketball: Weekend Roundup: Wortham boys beat Kerens 52-50; Kerens girls coach Denise Lincoln wins her 200th game

From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Wortham’s boys had just shocked Kerens 52-50 Friday night in the Wortham gym, where the Bulldogs and their fans celebrated the rare victory when the question of the night surfaced everywhere around the gym.

When was the last time Wortham beat Kerens?

Wortham Coach Brian Coffman asked everybody and no one was really sure what the answer was.

“I talked to our statistician and he said he didn’t think Wortham had ever beaten Kerens in anything, but he is going to check this weekend and try to find out.’’

Coffman was more than proud of his kids, who beat the longtime defending district champs in the District 18-1A DI opener.

“It was a big game for us to be able to beat them,’’ he said. For us not to to play their game and get into a track meet with them. It’s a monument to beat Kerens.’’

It wasn’t easy, especially after Rudy Miller, who came out on fire and scored Wortham’s first five points with a 3 and a drive, left the game after his 3 with an injured ankle and sat out the rest of the night.

But the night belonged to Wortham (13-7 and 1-0). The Bulldogs battled early but trailed by three points at halftime.

Then Ladarius Freeman, who scored seven of his team-high 18 points in the third, ignited a second half surge, and Wortham took a 44-33 lead into the fourth quarter and hung on to beat the Bobcats.

Brent Warren hit a 3 for Kerens in the final minute to close to 51-50, but Daniel Trantham, who finished with five points, hit a big free throw with nine seconds left to lift Wortham to the 52-50 cushion.

“We held them off the whole game,’’ Coffman said. “I am really proud of our kids.’’

Kyle Chasteen dropped in 12 points. Witty Busby, Miller and Trantham all scored five points and Devin Sessions (2) also scored for the Bulldogs.

Nate Betts (23) and Warren 12) led Kerens.



Boys

Marlin 59, Rice 54


The Bulldogs hit another bump in the District 23-2A road Friday, losing their fourth close game in a row. Daniel Arteaga led Rice with 17 points and Sim Nezar (13) and Colin Haston (12) followed. Raven Huffman (8), Jamie Metcalfe (7) and Austin Peppers (3) also scored for Rice.









 



Girls



Lincoln gets 200th victory

They celebrated Coach Denise Lincoln’s 200th win at Kerens Friday night after the LadyCats beat Wortham 52-38 on the road.

It was nice ride home for Lincoln and her kids, who haven’t lost a district game in more than three years. It’s been a great ride for Lincoln and her program, which is one of the best in the state. The LadyCats re 3-0 in the District 18-1A DI race this season.

Taylor Ames led the way with 15 points, Breanna Baxter scored 13, Cambree Betts dropped in 11 and Marqueshia Kelly scored eight. Tinesha Tolliver was big on the boards and scored one point.



Hubbard 59, Cayuga 45

The Hubbard girls improved to 3-0 in the District 18-1A DI race and 17-1 for the season with an impressive win over Cayuga (4-6, 1-2) on Friday.

Nakaia Banks led the way with a 21-point night and Jasmine Parks scored 14 for the Lady Jags, who led 27-25 at halftime and then put the game away in the second half.

Kate Saucke scored eight points and Tia Parks (7), Shayla Parks (4), Baylour Lewis (3) and Tysheunna Hawthorne (2) also scored for Hubbard, which faces defending district champ Kerens in Kerens on Tuesday. The LadyCats are the only team to beat Hubbard this season.



Frost 64, Aquilla 29

Frost led 37-9 at halftime and coasted home to stay perfect (7-0) in District 19-1A DII play and improve to 16-2 for the season.

Jae Moore led the way with 24 points and Diana Rios poured in 19 points for the Lady Bears. Heather Montgomery and Kaycee Bowling each scored seven points and Karlee Scott added five while Kennah Kennedy finished with two points.