LENORAH — The Grady Wildcats took an early lead Tuesday night and rode through four quarters to take down the Sands Mustangs in a District 8-A matchup.
The game would see players from both benches reach 20 points in the exciting run-and-gun clash, as No.7 ranked Grady’s Branson Richards lit up the scoreboard for 22 points and Sands’ Caleb Thomasson rang up 20 points.
Grady put up 16 points in the first quarter, while holding Sands to eight. By the time the two teams found the locker rooms, Grady had built a 31-20 lead.
The second half was much closer, as Sands found their range and their defense got stingy. The two teams each scored13 points in the third. Grady never got into trouble in the game, but Sands slowed them considerably late. The final score of 59-47 was mostly due to the first half, a deficit Sands could not overcome in spite of getting tougher as the game wore on.
Grady (13-1, 3-0) — Brett Glaze scored seven points for the Wildcats, while Zeke Clay had 11. Taylor Polson was good for five, Uziel San Juan scored four and E.J. Rodriguez six. Ivan San Juan and Michael Jimenez each added two points in the win.
Sands (12-3, 2-1) — Jared Staggs and Burt Ybarra scored six points each for the Mustangs,while Hayden ware and Michael Gomez were good for five. Preston Zant added two and Jr. Rogers three in the effort.
Sands 8 12 13 14 — 47
Grady 16 15 13 15 — 59
In a game which saw each team break double digits only once, Charnynee Arnold and Laura Ramirez were the difference makers. Each scored a game-high eight points to lead Grady over Sands to a 32-25 District 8-A win.
Six players scored for Grady in the effort, adding depth to talent for the 8-9 (2-1 in district) Lady Cats. M.J. Price was good for six points in the game, while Sarah Clay scored five. Ariel Arnold added three and Lupita Jimenez contributed two to go along with the eight points C. Arnold and Ramirez put up in the game.
For Sands, S. Diaz scored 13 points and Robles had six, while Franco, Staggs and McMorris each scored two.
Sands 4 7 4 10 — 25
Grady 12 7 6 7 — 32