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After going 3-1 in the Fredricksburg tournament, Big Spring boys basketball coach Cliff Thompson believes he‚Äôs watching his team learn from the mistakes it made at the beginning of the season.
That‚Äôs good news, too, considering district play is about two weeks away.
‚ÄúThe first part of the season was up and down, but we‚Äôre kind of on a roll now,‚ÄĚ Thompson said. ‚ÄúI think we‚Äôve been improving all year.‚ÄĚ
The Steers took care of Randolph 62-32, lost to St. Andrews 61-56, beat Rouse 65-55 and defeated Ingram 68-39 in the Fredricksburg tournament to move to 13-6 on the season.
Standout guard Luke Adams led the Steers in scoring in each game, scoring 33 against Randolph, 29 against St. Andrews, 26 against Rouse and 33 against Ingram.
Marc Segundo and Devante Lloyd were big in the Rouse game with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Chazzell Robertson had 10 in the St. Andrews game and Lloyd also had 10 in the Ingram game.
The significance of this tournament is that it‚Äôs the last one of the year for the Steers. Three matchups against Lubbock Cooper, Levelland and Andrews ‚ÄĒ the Lubbock Cooper and Levelland games being at home ‚ÄĒ are on deck before District 5-3A play begins. The Cooper game is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Steer Gym.
Thompson said gaining momentum or continuing the good play before district play starts is vital, especially considering who the Steers start district play against.
Thompson said a win in the district-opening game at Brownwood could set the tone for the rest of the season.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre headed in the right direction,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúWe start district with one of our bigger games. If we can puff off a win here, that would set us up in good position.‚ÄĚ
Big Spring girls
SLATON ‚ÄĒ The Big Spring Lady Steers continued their trek through the Slaton tournament with a win over the hosts Wednesday night.
While it was Mackenzie Stone who sparked the team Tuesday night, Bridgette Tuitt, Cerbi Ritchey and Diamond Mayes carried the Lady Steers in this game. Tuitt led with 10 and Ritchey and Mayes had 10 apiece.
The Lubbock Titans are up next in the championship game tonight. It will be the last tournament game the Lady Steers play in and the last non-district game they play in, too. After this, Big Spring won‚Äôt be back on the court until a date at Abilene Wylie on Jan. 7, 2011.
Big Spring 47, Slaton 43
Big Spring 6 14 15 12 - 47
Slaton 11 14 9 9 ‚Äď 43
Big Spring ‚ÄĒ Bridgette Tuitt 12, Cerbi Ritchey 10, Diamond Mayes 10, LaShaunte Anderson 7, Mackenzie Stone 4, Logan Yarbar 4
Records: Big Spring (14-3)
Next game: Big Spring vs. Lubbock Titans at 6:30 p.m. today in Slaton