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Steers fall twice, ladies split in holiday tourneys

December 29, 2012

It's holiday basketball tournament time. SO far, the Steers have lost twice and the Lady Steers have split at their respective events. Both teams are slated to play today. Grady is also hosting its annual Black & White Cotton Classic, while other area schools are participating in the 82nd Mary Tatum Classic in Reagan County. Further results will be published in Monday's edition of the Herald.

Big Spring

Boys

BRIDGEPORT — The Steers (5-12) met two larger schools Friday — Saginaw and Fort Worth Western Hills — and lost both outings as Big Spring dropped Game One to Saginaw 63-45 and Game Two to Western Hills 61-48.
Despite the mismatch in enrollment numbers, BSHS Head Coach Cliff

Thompson cited a lack of consistency as the reason for the losses.
“We started off playing well against Saginaw, but then we had a terrible third quarter,” Thompson said. “We turned the ball over four or five times and (Saginaw) scored on all of them. We just didn't play all four quarters.”

The second game was similar, except the Steers started slow and by the time they gained steam, it was too late to salvage a win.

Chazzell Robinson put up 12 points.

“We only scored 11 in the first half,” Thompson explained. “You can't go a whole half without hitting a jump shot and expect to win. We have the talent to play with these teams, we just can't put four quarters together right now.”

Charles Green registered 12 points in the Steers' second loss, while Tyler Wigington chipped in 10.

The Steers played again Saturday. Results will be in Monday's edition of the HERALD.

Girls

LUBBOCK — The opening game Thursday against Tulia didn't go the Lady Steers' way, as they fell to the Lady Hornets 52-43. The second round was kinder to BSHS as they pounded Floydada 42-20, with Logan Yarbar leading the team with 15 points.

The Lady Steers (11-8) played Panhandle on Saturday. Look for results on Monday's HERALD.

Forsan

Boys

BIG LAKE — The Buffaloes kicked off the 82nd Mary Tatum Holiday Classic in Reagan County with a narrow, 54-52 loss to Fort Stockton.

In Round Two, Forsan rebounded with a 52-47 victory over Ozona as Kade Fannin led the Buffs with 13 points, six steals and six rebounds. Aric Hernandez had a game-high 21 points and Dillon Bagnall added nine.

The third and final game for Forsan was a hard-fought battle with Pecos. Fannin had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Hernandez put up 12 points, but it wasn't enough as the Eagles eliminated the Buffaloes from tournament play, 62-56 in the semifinal round.

Girls

BIG LAKE — The Lady Buffaloes were vying for third place at the 82nd Mary Tatum Holiday Classic as they met rival Stanton on Saturday to determine who would take away the bronze. Results will be printed in Monday's HERALD.

But first, Forsan had to take on host school Reagan County in the opening round, whom they scored a convincing 47-35 victory over.

Forsan came away with a split after the second game, as Ballinger handed the Lady Buffs a 52-47 loss.

Ali Knight scored 16 and Reagan Haggard contributed 12 in the loss to Ballinger, while leading scorers in win against Reagan County were Maria Ortiz with 12 and Brittney Hergert with 10.

Coahoma

Boys

BIG LAKE — Tanner Ruiz continues to shine for the Bulldogs as he led Coahoma to a 53-43 victory over San Angelo TLCA, scoring 19 points. Braxton Iden added nine and Alex Hill put up eight.

Host team Reagan County was eliminated by Coahoma in the second round as the Bulldogs downed the Owls 45-39.

Ruiz contributed a game-high 21 points and had six steals and Braxton Iden put up six points and got eight rebounds.

Coahoma squared off against rival Stanton to determine the tournament championship Saturday. Results will be published in Monday's edition of the HERALD.

Girls

BIG LAKE — The Bulldogettes fell to 7-14 on the season after going 1-3 in the 82nd Mary Tatum Holiday Classic.

Sonora — who is playing for first place — routed Coahoma in their opening game, 67-37, but the Bulldogettes came back in the second round Friday, pummeling San Angelo TLCA 55-18. Game Three came against host Reagan County, who eliminated CHS by a score of 42-27.

With district play about to begin, Coahoma Head Coach Paul Hartman feels his team has grown, despite the lopsided win-loss ratio.

“We have improved in many areas and will continue to do so,” Hartman said. “We feel we are prepared for the district season and have a goal of competing for a playoff spot. Our district will be very competitive.”

Stanton

Boys

BIG LAKE — The Buffs played Coahoma for the Reagan County tournament champion (see results in Monday's HERALD) after earning their way to the top of the bracket by pounding McCamey 67-25 Thursday in the opener and following it up with a 53-39 victory over Fort Stockton in the second round.

Girls

BIG LAKE — Splitting the first two games, the Lady Buffs played for third place against Forsan on Saturday (results will be in Monday's HERALD), after soundly beating pecos 55-15 Thursday before falling to Sonora by a score of 55-28 in the second round.

Garden City

Boys

LENORAH — The Bearkats have climbed up to a No. 15 state rank and proved why after notching a win Friday to open the Grady Black & White Cotton Classic.

The victims were Ira, whom Garden City narrowly defeated, 40-37. Corbin Davis led the Bearkats with 11 points and Sam Miller added 10.

Garden City met Grady in the winner's bracket Saturday. See Monday's HERALD for further results.

Girls
LENORAH — Holly Halfmann led the Ladykats with 20 points and Carlie Hollinsworth added 10 as Garden City routed Midland Trinity in their opening matchup at the Black & Gold Cotton Classic.

Halfmann struck again — this time with 18 points in Game Two. The Ladykats embarrassed Ira 73-20 and played host school Grady on Saturday for the tournament championship. See Monday's edition of the HERALD for results.

GRADY

Boys
LENORAH — The Wildcats earned their way to the winner's bracket by defeating Wink 67-40 in the opening round of the Black & White Cotton Classic on Friday.

Powered by Brandon Lucas and E.J. Rodriguez — who each scored 15 points — and Michael Jiminez, who added 12, the Wildcats met Garden City on Saturday. Look for results in Monday's HERALD.

Girls

LENORAH — Lady Wildcat ace Ellyn Avery scored a combined 42 points in Grady's first two wins as they hosted the Black & White Cotton Classic.
First, Grady knocked off Lovington, N.M., 58-22. In the second round, The Lady Wildcats smashed Wink 62-30.

The victories guaranteed Grady a spot in the championship game, where they met Garden City on Saturday. See Monday's HERALD for results.

Other scores:

• Sands (boys) defeated Pampa, 48-47. Thomasson, 17; Timmins, 10. Next vs. Perryton.

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