The Rice Bulldogs took the momentum of winning the Kiwanis Classic with them right into their district opener against the Blooming Grove and defeated the Lions for the second time in less than a week to start the district race with a huge victory.
That’s right, Rice and BG met in a rematch of the Kiwanis title game Friday night at Blooming Grove to start the district race and continued the best basketball rivalry in the Golden Circle and Rice prevailed 64-55, thanks to an amazing performance by Elizhah Nezar.
Nezar, who was the MVP of the Kiwanis Classic, had one of — if not the best night — of his four-year career at Rice, driving for 40 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to lead the Dawgs with an impressive double-double.
He made 14-of-26 shots (53.8 percent) from the floor, including 2-of-5 3-pointers.
Nezar also blocked three shots and made four steals and handed out two assists in a spectacular performance in front of a loud crowd.
Tanner Carlisle also started the district race on a big note, scoring 19 points and pulling down six rebounds Andrew Roberts had a huge game for Blooming Grove, pouring in 29 points and Ethan Nors scored 12 for the Lions.
Rice is at home Tuesday in a district game against Eustace and Blooming Grove travels to Scurry-Rosser Tuesday for a key district game.
Mildred Lady Eagles rip Kemp
Tre Coppock led the way with an 18-point night. Lilli Hanna scored 10 points for Mildred and freshman Amy Adamson added five as the Lady Eagles, who were coming off a third-place finish in the Kiwanis Classic, improved to 3-0 in the district race.
The Lady Eagles play at Scurry-Rosser on Tuesday and have a big district showdown with Malakoff at home on Friday.
Mildred is not only off to a great start this season under new coach Tiffany Kiser but the future looks bright for the girls basketball program.
Kasey Bonner made seven 3-pointers and scored 34 points for the Mildred girls JV team to lead Mildred to a 57-33 victory over Kemp.