The Rice Bulldogs bounced back after suffering a heartbreaking loss to Malakoff on Tuesday when the Tigers scored at the buzzer to steal a 68-67 game from Rice in a showdown for first place in the District 18-3A race.
Tuesday’s game was ruined when Malakoff players and fans instigated a wild and ugly brawl after the game.
But Rice came back and played another strong game Friday, beating Kemp 50-37 on the road to improve to 17-5 for the season and 6-1 in the district race.
Elizhah Nezar led the Bulldogs with 20 points and eight rebounds, and Tanner Carlisle scored 10 points for the Dawgs.
Michael McMillon followed with seven points and Dakota Jessie scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Rice is at home for a big district game Tuesday night against Golden Circle rival Blooming Grove.
CHS teams lose at Joshua
Corsicana’s Tigers and Lady Tigers both saw their playoff hopes take a hit Friday night at Joshua, where both Corsicana teams lost key District 14-5A games.
The Tigers lost 48-37 and are now 1-5 in the district race with six games left, and the Lady Tigers fell 55-43 and are now 2-5 with five games left in the district race.
The Tigers and Lady Tigers play at Ennis Tuesday night and then play Red Oak at home on Friday.
Mildred girls down Palmer 52-22
Mildred’s Lady Eagles look more and more like a playoff team every day, and the Lady Eagles took care of business Friday night with a 52-22 romp over Palmer in a District 18-3A game.
The win gives Mildred a 19-9 record and a 7-2 mark in the district race with just five games left in the regular season.
Mildred will be at Kemp Tuesday night and play at home Friday night against Scurry-Rosser.
The Lady Eagles spread the wealth in their one-sided win against Palmer as 10 players scored points for Tiffany Kiser’s team.
Bailey Burks led the way with 10 points and Tre Coppock scored eight for Mildred. Peyton Jennings and Arianna Neason followed with seven points apiece, and Lilly Hanna and Amy Adamson scored six each. Kasey Bonner added three points and Kenli Dalton and Kadence Cline scored two points each.
Frost girls top Itasca
The Frost Lady Polar Bears won a big District 19-2A game Friday, beating Itasca 39-26 to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot.
Frost was led by Kinsley Fuller’s 15-point night. Kyra Cerda followed with seven points and Sydney Woods and Jimena Perez scored five points each.
BG Lions fall to Malakoff
The Blooming Grove Lions lost a tough game to Malakoff on Friday, just three days after Malakoff’s players and fans were involved in an ugly brawl at Rice, where the fans stormed the court after the game and quickly joined the Malakoff players in front of the Rice fans on the north side of the court, where a wild fight broke out and players and fans were seen throwing punches.
The Lions lost to the first-place Tigers 68-52.
Blooming Grove was led by Jalen Coleman, who scored 16 points, and Cameron Smith, who followed with 13 points. Ethan Nors scored nine points and Andrew Roberts scored six points.
Blooming Grove plays at Rice on Tuesday night.