BECKVILLE — After a tough go in the Quitman Tournament last week, the Beckville Ladycats basketball team was hoping to right the ship against East Texas Homeschool.
Senior Jordan Parker almost single-handily sunk the ship.
Parker scored 38 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and had six steals as ETHS defeated Beckville 63-45 on Monday night.
“I didn’t think our press would be effective against Parker,” Beckville Coach Amy English said. “She’s an athlete, she’s an Amber (Harris) that plays more basketball. She’s got an outside shot and she’s elusive going to the paint. She could make the jump shot and the contested layup. She’s a really good player.”
Parker was equally as impressive in the first half as the second half, scoring 18 in the first half and 20 in the second half.
Parker outscored Beckville by herself in the first half as ETHS led Beckville 28-17 going into halftime.
“I feel like we could’ve done a lot better,” Beckville sophomore Lexi Barr said. “We haven’t seen a player that good this season. I felt like we stayed on her more at the end of the game, we just had to adjust to her. She’s a really good player though.”
Beckville only trailed by five 21-16 with 3:36 left in the first half, but ETHS closed the half on a 7-1 run.
Harris led Beckville with a double-double 15 points and 12 rebounds, Emily Dean scored nine points with five boards, McKinna Chamness scored eight points with seven boards, and Laney Jones scored six for the Ladycats.
Brailey Brown scored nine points on three 3-pointers, and Sydney Cunningham scored eight for the Chargers.
In the game, ETHS outscored Beckville 30-6 from behind the 3-point line.
“They had a couple of good shooters,” Harris said. “Our rebounding hasn’t been as good as it should be, but every chance we get we take it.”
Beckville outscored ETHS 18-16 in the fourth quarter, and this was with ETHS having their starters still in the game.
The 18 points was the Ladycats’ biggest scoring quarter of the game.
“It was a little too late,” said Barr who had five points, six rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals. “Our passes could’ve been better and they were real athletic, jumping all of our passes.”
Beckville has now dropped five-straight games after going 0-4 at Quitman last week.
The Ladycats played the Tyler Heat on Tuesday and will begin District 21-2A play on Friday when they host Big Sandy.
English hopes her team can get their confidence back before starting district play.
“We’ve got to believe in ourselves a little more,” she said. “Confidence has wavered and the mentality to attack the basket needs to get back. The confidence in making low block shots and rebounding is our nemesis.”