Gorman routs Lee in MCPHT opener


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John Tyler's Amia Wickware (23) tries to stop Wills Point's Tamera Burch (25) from scoring during their game in the Macy Chenevert Patriot Holiday Tournament at UT Tyler's Herrington Patriot Center on Thursday. (Sarah A. Miller | Tyler Morning Telegraph)
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Bishop Gorman's Danielle Smith and Robert E. Lee's Alex Thorne battle for the rebound as Thorne gets called for a foul in the Macy Chenevert Patriot Holiday Tournament at UT Tyler's Herrington Patriot Center on Thursday. (Herb Nygren Jr. | Tyler Morning Telegraph)
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John Tyler senior Tiaka Lee hustles to catch the ball before it goes out of bounds during a game against Wills Point in the Macy Chenevert Patriot Holiday Tournament at UT Tyler's Herrington Patriot Center on Thursday. (Sarah A. Miller | Tyler Morning Telegraph)
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Bishop Gorman's Michelle Obach drives past Robert E. Lee's Tree Brooks in the Macy Chenevert Patriot Holiday Tournament at UT Tyler's Herrington Patriot Center on Thursday. (Herb Nygren Jr. | Tyler Morning Telegraph)
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In each of Bishop Gorman’s two losses this year, the Lady Crusaders were unable to overcome a slow start.

After falling behind by eight early against Robert E. Lee, Gorman was more than able to mount a comeback Thursday.

Led by Michelle Obach’s 22 points, the Lady Crusaders dominated after the first four minutes, completing a TISD sweep with a 63-43 victory on the opening day of the Macy Chenevert Patriot Holiday Tournament at UT Tyler’s Herrington Patriot Center.

The Lady Raiders (10-12) burst out to an 8-0 lead at the 4:20 mark of the first quarter, with Berjae Lewis leading the charge with four points.

“I think having five days off, (I) always get a little nervous coming back from the holiday,” Gorman coach Katie Robertson said. “They (Lee) played earlier this morning so I figured they would be a little bit loosened up.”

The Lady Crusaders (16-2) finally got on the board on a couple free throws from Brooke Lee 16 seconds later.

Soon after, Gorman went on a 24-2 run spanning the first and second quarters. The Lady Crusaders held the Lady Raiders to three points on 1 of 8 shooting in the second quarter to take a 30-17 lead into halftime, a lead that only grew in the second half.

“T.K. Gorman made some good adjustments and we didn’t answer,” Lee coach Lloyd Mahaffey said. “They’re a good ball team and you’re going to have to be on your best game to beat them and we weren’t on our best game.”

Susannah Williams had 15 points, eight rebounds and three steals for Gorman while Danielle Smith hauled down 10 boards for Gorman. Allie Buzbee chipped in 11 points, including a driving layup to start the game-changing 24-2 run.

Lewis was the only Lee player in double figures with a team-high 10 points. Schreece Pryor added nine points and Emem David led the charge on the glass with a game-best 11 rebounds.

Gorman scored the first six points of the second half to reestablish the momentum after the break. The Lady Crusaders led by as many as 24.

Gorman led by as many as 19 in a win over John Tyler on Nov. 12. TKG athletic director Jeff Smith, a longtime girls basketball coach at Grace Community, said it was the first time a Tyler TAPPS school has swept Lee and JT in the same season on the basketball court.

“I think that’s a statement my girls wanted to make, being able to beat John Tyler and Robert E. Lee,” Robertson said. “I’m excited for them. They’ve always kind of been making a name for themselves and I felt like tonight was a great opportunity.”

The Lady Crusaders received a bye in the first round while Lee dispatched Kilgore in the first game of the day, 47-33. Gorman will play the Lindale-Pleasant Grove winner in the semifinals at 7 p.m. today.

Liberty-Eylau, on the opposite side of the bracket, also had a bye and also defeated a District 12-5A squad in its first game. The Lady Leopards beat Longview 62-45 in the final game at Herrington Patriot Center on Thursday.

 

John Tyler 48, Wills Point 46

John Tyler didn’t score until 3:23 left in the first quarter and nearly blew a 14-point lead.

The first game back from the holidays was no gift, but the Lady Lions did just enough to hold off Wills Point for a 48-46 victory on Thursday in the Macy Chenevert Patriot Holiday Tournament at Herrington Patriot Center.

Quaneshia Johnson led all scorers with 19, adding nine boards and five steals for John Tyler (13-6), which will play Pine Tree in the quarterfinals today.

The Lady Lions built a 39-25 lead heading into the fourth quarter, only to see the Lady Tigers slash their deficit to 46-45 with 1:10 to play. Tiaka Lee hit a free throw and Amia Wickware blocked a shot from Norma Cunigan with 26 seconds left.

After a free throw from Johnson pushed the JT lead to 48-45, Wills Point’s Emily Levy missed a 3-pointer with 0:03 on the clock. Lady Tigers senior Dawnesha Raibon was fouled grabbing the rebound and hit the first free throw. Raibon’s intentional miss on the second free throw failed to hit the rim and John Tyler was able to see the game out.

Cunigan led the Lady Tigers with 12 points, followed by Destini Spencer (11) and Raibon (10 points, nine rebounds).

John Tyler shot 16 percent in the opening quarter and didn’t get on the scoreboard until Lee’s runner late in the period. Wills Point didn’t fare much better, shooting 22 percent and trailing 9-5 heading into the second quarter.

From there, the Lady Lions gradually built their 14-point lead.

“I don’t know if we ever really got going very well but a few kids kicked it in, played a little better in the second quarter,” JT coach Mike Smith said. “It’s typical for everybody to come out and look like that after the holidays. The intensity level just wasn’t there.

“Hopefully we get back in the groove and try to play better tomorrow.”

 

Lindale 68, Mineola 49

The Lady Eagles used their length to grab 23 steals and block 11 shots, and dominated the middle quarters en route to a first-round victory over the Lady Yellowjackets.

Natasha Malone had 10 points, seven rebounds, six steals and four blocks to pace Lindale (14-3), which opened the second half on a 19-0 run to take control after leading by 11 at halftime.

Hannah Malone scored a game-high 18 for the Lady Eagles while Makenna Allen had eight rebounds, three steals and three blocks. Symonne Brookins chipped in 12 points.

Peyton Stephens led Mineola (16-3) with 12 points and four steals. Ali Galaz added six points, seven rebounds and four steals while Kelsey Green scored 10.

The Lady Eagles will play Pleasant Grove in the second round today, with the winner of that game playing Bishop Gorman in the semifinals.

 

Liberty-Eylau 62, Longview 45

In the final game of the day at the Herrington Patriot Center, Baylor commit Imani Wright scored 16 points and led a late push as the Lady Leopards pulled away from the Lady Lobos.

Lauren Godfrey led Liberty-Eylau with 17 points and Sharde Collins added 13. The Lady Leopards led 30-29 at the half before controlling the second half 32-16.

Longview’s Ravan Chism led all scorers with 21, hitting five treys to keep the Lady Lobos in the game.

Liberty-Eylau plays the JT-Pine Tree winner today in the semifinals.

 

Macy Chenevert Patriot Holiday Tournament

At UT Tyler’s Herrington Patriot Center

December 27-29

Thursday’s Games

Game 1: Robert E. Lee 47, Kilgore 33

Game 2: Lindale 68, Mineola 49

Game 3: Pleasant Grove 56, Grace Community 35

Game 4: Pine Tree 53, Henderson 37

Game 5: John Tyler 48, Wills Point 36

Game 6: Longview 59, Hallsville 48

Game 7: Bishop Gorman 63, Robert E. Lee 43

Game 8: Liberty-Eylau 62, Longview 45

Game 9: Wills Point 50, Henderson 41

Game 10: Mineola 62, Grace Community 34

Friday’s Games

Game 11: Lindale vs. Pleasant Grove, 8:30 a.m.

Game 12: Pine Tree vs. John Tyler, 10 a.m.

Game 13: Kilgore vs. Mineola, 11:30 a.m.

Game 14: Wills Point vs. Hallsville, 1 p.m.

Game 15: Lee vs. Longview, 2:30 p.m.

Game 16: Longview vs. Loser Game 12, 4 p.m.

Game 17: Henderson vs. Grace Community, 5:30 p.m.

Game 18: Bishop Gormam vs. Winner Game 11, 7 p.m.

Game 19: Winner Game 12 vs. Liberty-Eylau, 8:30 p.m.

Game 20: Loser Game 13 vs. Loser Game 14, 5:30 p.m.*

Saturday’s Games

Game 21, Fifth-Place Game: Winner Game 16 vs. Winner Game 15, 10 a.m.

Game 22, Consolation Final: Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14, 11:30 a.m.

Game 23, Third-Place Game: Loser Game 18 vs. Loser Game 19, 1 p.m.

Game 14, Championship: Winner Game 18 vs. Winner Game 19, 2:30 p.m.

* — At Bishop Gorman’s Haddad Gymnasium

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Macy Chenevert Patriot Holiday Tournament

Thursday’s Box Scores

Game 1

Robert E. Lee 47, Kilgore 33

Lee 13 13 10 11 — 47

Kilgore 8 10 11 4 — 33

LEE — Lewis, 10; Thorne, 2; Brooks, 14; Thompson, 6; Brinkley, 5; Dews, 1; Thomas, 1; David, 8.

KILGORE — Burks, 13; Rossum, 8; Williams, 4; Thomas, 8.

THREE POINT GOALS — None.

RECORDS — Lee 9-11.

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Game 2

Lindale 68, Mineola 49

Mineola 15 10 7 15 — 49

Lindale 17 19 23 9 — 68

MINEOLA — Sophia Heard, 2; Ali Galaz, 6; Marisa Ledkins, 4; Sister Green, 7; Jordan Dawson, 4; Jada Harper, 4; Peyton Stephens, 12; Kelsey Green, 10. FG: 16-54. FT: 15-26.

LINDALE — Paige Murphy, 9; Hannah Malone, 18; Natasha Malone, 10’ Symonne Brookins, 12; Neeley Doss, 8; Makenna Allen, 5; Zhanelle Geathers, 6. FG: 28-58. FT: 10-16.

THREE POINT GOALS — M (2-12): S. Green, K. Green. L (2-10): Doss (2).

RECORDS — Mineola 16-3; Lindale 14-3.

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Game 3

Pleasant Grove 56, Grace Community 35

Grace 14 6 7 8 — 35

Pleasant Grove 21 16 13 6 — 56

GRACE — Provines, 1; Kimmey, 2; Raborar, 17; Rook, 8; Daughtry, 4; Stinson, 3.

PLEASANT GROVE — P. Rikel, 10; Kempson, 4; Lipham, 2; Ashby, 2; Wacha, 6; Brown, 8; Harp, 17; Walker, 6; Burgess, 1.

THREE POINT GOALS — GC: Raborar (5). PG: Wacha.

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Game 4

Pine Tree 53, Henderson 37

Henderson 9 14 8 6 — 37

Pine Tree 12 15 12 14 — 53

HENDERSON — Jackson, 6; Stewart, 8; O’Neal, 3; Partin, 12; Lee, 8.

PINE TREE — Patterson, 11; Orange, 2; Clayton, 10; Holmes, 22; Richard, 2; Baylor, 6.

THREE POINT GOALS — H: Partin.

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Game 5

John Tyler 48, Wills Point 46

John Tyler 9 16 14 9 — 48

Wills Point 5 10 10 21 — 46

JOHN TYLER — Ashtyn Beal, 2; Tiaka Lee, 7; Tameal Jones, 8; Quaneshia Johnson, 19; Keyana Tatum, 2; Amia Wickware, 2; Nola Jackson, 8. FG: 17-68. FT: 12-23.

WILLS POINT — Mikala Denton, 2; Destini Spencer, 3; Emily Levy, 11; Dawnesha Raibon, 10; Norma Cunigan, 12; Bre Davis, 2; Tamera Burch, 6. FG: 19-43. FT: 6-16.

THREE POINT GOALS — WP (2-10): Spencer, Levy. JT (2-14): Lee, Johnson.

RECORDS — John Tyler 13-6; Wills Point 11-7.

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Game 6

Longview 59, Hallsville 48

Hallsville 3 6 24 15 — 48

Longview 16 14 15 14 — 59

HALLSVILLE — Leathers, 18, Mixon, 3; Williams, 4; Lomax, 8; Mitchell, 6; Reeder, 9.

LONGVIEW — Coffer, 1; Hatten, 4; Gray, 2; Sheridam, 4; M. Smith, 7; Brewer, 13; Chism, 11; Hopkins, 13; Ross, 5.

THREE POINT GOALS — H: Leathers (4), Mixon, Reeder. L: Smith, Ross.

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Game 7

Bishop Gorman 63, Robert E. Lee 43

Lee 14 3 9 17 — 43

Gorman 15 15 15 18 — 63

LEE — Berjae Lewis, 10; Shreece Pryor, 9; Tree Brooks, 5; Da’Jah Thompson, 7; Erin Brinkley, 5; Dominique Thomas, 3; Emem David, 4. FG: 17-47. FT: 6-13.

GORMAN — Brooke Lee, 7; Allie Buzbee, 11; Michelle Obach, 22; Mandie VanderVorste, 1; Susannah Williams, 15; Danielle Smith, 7. FG: 23-51. FT: 13-17.

THREE POINT GOALS — REL (3-6): Pryor (2), Thompson. BG (4-12): Lee, Obach (2), Smith.

RECORDS — Lee 10-12; Gorman 16-2.

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Game 8

Liberty-Eylau 62, Longview 45

Liberty-Eylau 16 14 12 20 — 62

Longview 12 17 7 9 — 45

LIBERTY-EYLAU — Colbert, 1; Dickerson, 1; Collins, 13; Wright, 16; Utsey, 10; Pegue, 3; Godfrey, 17.

LONGVIEW — Sheridan, 1; M. Smith, 12; Brewer, 2; Chism, 21; Hopkins, 6; Ross, 3.

THREE POINT GOALS — LE: Wright. L: Smith, Chism (5).