RUSK — The Carthage Bulldogs got off to another fast start shooting the ball and managed to share the wealth in their 73-36 win over Rusk Tuesday night.
The Dawgs had four in double figures and got scoring from 10 players as they improved to 6-1 for the season and 3-0 in district play. They were scheduled to be at Palestine on Friday night.
An 18-7 first quarter lead turned into a 43-15 halftime advantage. The Bulldogs went up 65-32 heading into the final period.
Montrel Hatten and Anthony Riggans both had 16 points to lead the Bulldogs, followed by Nick Stewart with 12, Nate Marry with 11, Zay Woods and Freddy Lynch with five each and Camden Foster and Kam McCullough with three each.
“I felt like we shot the ball early and it was not just by one guy,” Carthage Head Coach Charlie Tucker said. “I also felt we did a good
job with our press — which helped us get better shots — and we did a good job on the boards, which was also a key. We had pretty balanced scoring — which is what we want.
“That’s always a tough place to play. I’m proud of the kids. We’re always going to get the other team’s best game. So we have to show up ready to play.”
Hawkins cools off Bearcats with OT win
BECKVILLE — The Hawkins Hawks outscored Beckville 6-2 in overtime to earn a 74-70 win on Tuesday and end a four-game Beckville win streak.
Matt Barr and J’Koby Williams scored 16 points apiece in the loss for Beckville. Eli Ramsey added 11, Jaden Mojica nine, Ryan Harris eight, Gage Berry five, Jaiden Slaughter three and Jeremiah Steph two.
Zach Conde drilled six 3-pointers and finished with 32 points to lead the way for Hawkins. Paeton Smith scored 18 points, Jeramy Torres 11, Bryce Burns eight, Marshall White and Driston Pruitt two each and Micah Staruska one. Torres led with 12 rebounds. Conde had eight and Burns five. Pruitt dished out three assists.
Gary drills San Augustine for 10th straight win
GARY — The ninth-ranked Gary Bobcat were way too much for San Augustine Tuesday night, holding the visitors down for the first three periods and then shutting them out in the fourth.
Gary is now 19-1 on the season and 6-0 in district play. The Bobcats were scheduled for a showdown with No. 11 Tenaha on Friday night.
The Bobcats led 14-4 after one quarter and 25-8 at the half. An 18-6 scoring edge in the third quarter made it 43-14 and the 18-0 fourth quarter accounted for the 47-point win.
Lady Dawgs end 2-game slide as Roberts returns
RUSK — The Carthage Lady Bulldogs welcomed back the inside presence of Ja’Kyra Roberts Tuesday night, taking advantage of her double-double to beat Rusk 56-33.
The win ended a two-game skid for Carthage as they improve to 9-8 overall and 3-2 in District 17-4A. They were at Palestine on Friday for another showdown with the first-place Lady Bulldogs.
Roberts finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Za’Kyra Myers had 10 points and seven rebounds, Heaven Ingram had 10 points and five rebounds, Jakya Jackson had six points and Courtney Morris had five points,
After the first round of District 17-4A play, Palestine and Jasper are tied for first at 4-1, while Center and Carthage are a tied for third and fourth, with Center having the tie-breaker advantage. Hudson is fifth with a 1-4 mark and Rusk is last with an 0-5 record
Ladycats fall to third after loss to Hawkins
BECKVILLE — The Hawkins Lady Hawks notched a 51-45 win over the Beckville Ladycats on Tuesday, knocking the Ladycats into a tie for third.
Baylie Seegers had 14 points and four steals in the loss for Beckville. McKinna Chamness added seven points and 12 rebounds, Emily Dean seven points, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks, Amber Harris five points, 18 rebounds and three steals, Hannah Sharpless five points, Lexi Barr four points and five steals and Haley Straubie three points, five rebounds and two steals.
Lynli Dacus paced Hawkins with 11 points, four rebounds and three steals. Laney Wilson and Makena Warren had nine points apiece, with Wilson adding eight rebounds and four steals. Warren finished with two rebounds, two assists and two steals, Jordyn Warren seven points, tenley Conde five points, Logan Jaco four points and Carmen Turner and Victoria Miller three points apiece.