Robert E. Lee captures first league win; Lady Raiders roll at North Mesquite

Published on Tuesday, 10 January 2017 23:19 - Written by CHRIS PARRY, cparry@tylerpaper.com

Robert E. Lee senior Kirby Mabry recently expressed a desire to become more of an offensive force for the Red Raiders.

That is exactly what he was Tuesday against North Mesquite. Mabry delivered 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Red Raiders to their first District 11-6A win, 77-58, at the REL Varsity Gymnasium. The Red Raiders moved to 7-10 overall and 1-3 in district.

It was also the first league victory for new REL coach Alan Simmons, who reiterated what Mabry and he talked about on Monday.

“He’s come in with a little different edge and he told me that he wanted to (start imposing himself),” Simmons said of Mabry. “He just has come in and wanted to work each day, and he’s been a bright spot for us.”

Mabry was one of three Red Raiders to score in double figures with point guards Isaiah Davison and Mike Donnell also scoring 18 and 13 points, respectively. There was a reason for that too as both teams went isolation against one another. This brought about Davison and Donnell taking turns going 1-on-1 against North Mesquite defenders with crossovers, drives and layups.

“We didn’t come into the game planning to do that, but when they (North Mesquite) went man, we felt like we have kids, who can beat you off the dribble and get to the rim,” Simmons said. “Overall, I think the kids did a great job; just the mindset of starting the game and finishing the game.”

After spotting double-digit leads in the first quarter to their last three opponents, the Red Raiders never trailed North Mesquite (5-9, 1-3) despite committing seven turnovers in the first five minutes. The visiting Stallions were unable to capitalize, shooting 3 of 12 from the floor in the opening frame while Mabry delivered four buckets for eight points to give Lee an 18-10 lead entering the second.

“We wanted to try and get them to play fast because we felt like that was to our advantage, but we are still trying to get to where we can play fast and smart,” Simmons said of the early turnover problem.

“We climbed back into the (district) race, so to speak with a win,” Simmons said.

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District 11-6A

Robert E. Lee 77, North Mesquite 58

N. Mesquite 10 9 21 18 - 58

Robert E. Lee 18 14 20 25 - 77

NORTH MESQUITE-Darrian Green, 2; Lamaraye Brown, 1; Fred Pope, 11; Tyrek Butler, 7; Adam Alonzo, 0; Marcus Williams, 6; Donte’ Howell, 13; Keiland Maxey, 12; Trey Moore, 1; Jerry Carraway, 5. FG: 22-51. FT: 6-10.

ROBERT E. LEE-Jalen Smith, 3; Isaiah Davison, 18; Curtis Jones, 0; Christian Horton, 0; Mike Donnell, 13; Keashun Davis, 1; Kirby Mabry, 30; Bryce Harden, 4; Stephen McLendon, 0; Chance Amie, 4; Tobias High, 4; Korbin Casey, 0; Caleb Culver, 0. FG: 31-52. FG: 12-14

THREE POINT GOALS-NM (8-20): Pope (2), Butler, Williams (2), Howell (2), Carraway. REL (2-6): Davison, Smith.

RECORDS-North Mesquite 5-9 (1-3); Robert E. Lee 7-10 (1-3)

NEXT UP-Rockwall at North Mesquite, 7 p.m. Friday; Lee at John Tyler, 7 p.m. Friday

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Freshmen

Lee Red 76, North Mesquite 27

N. Mesquite           6   12      4      5 — 27

Lee Red                16   16   30    14 — 76

N. MESQUITE —Noal, 1; Thompson, 7; Inyang, 7; Jones, 6; Brown, 3; Wilson, 3.

LEE RED —Bryce Campbell, 5; D.J. White, 4; Elliott Davison, 3; Miles Minnick, 25; Devin Wilson, 17; Nick McGrew, 3; J.J. Jones, 3; Jamal Ligon, 5; Chad Daniels, 8; Jeremiah Turner, 2.

THREE POINT GOALS —NM: Jones, Wilson. L: Campbell, Minnick, Wilson (2), Jones.

RECORDS —Robert E. Lee 10-2 (3-0)

NEXT UP —Lee vs. John Tyler, 5 p.m. Friday at Boulter MS Gym

 

Lee White 38, North Mesquite 27

N. Mesquite           4     5      7    11 — 27

Lee White              7   16      6      9 — 38

N. MESQUITE —Rymes, 11; Valero, 6; Rowe, 5; Lee, 3; Reyna, 2.

LEE WHITE —Jay’Kwon Simms, 2; Devont Bolton, 5; Jordan Enteman, 9; Seth Wiley, 2; KD Cole-Williams, 4; Seth Leon, 5; Josh Scott, 5; Khalid Woodard, 6.

THREE POINT GOALS —NM: Rymes, Valero (2). L: Bolton, Enteman.

RECORDS —Robert E. Lee 3-5 (1-1)

NEXT UP —Lee vs. John Tyler, 6:15 p.m. Friday at Boulter MS Gym

 

Lee girls win big on the road at North Mesquite, 73-39

MESQUITE - Robert E. Lee took control early against North Mesquite and was never threatened in a 73-39 victory on Tuesday at North Mesquite High School.

The Lady Raiders built a 28-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 45-20 at halftime.

Freshman Aaliyah Morgan led the Lady Raiders (12-12, 3-3 in District 11-6A) with 22 points with Miya Pettigrew (10) and Tyreesha Blaylock (12) also scoring in double figures.

“We really wanted to get out and pressure them early; jump out on them quick,” Lee coach Ross Barber said. “Everyone got in the game and was able to help us out and contributed. It was a good momentum builder going into Friday.”

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District 11-6A

Robert E. Lee 73, North Mesquite 39

Lee 28 17 19 9 - 73

N. Mesquite 10 10 7 12 - 39

ROBERT E. LEE-Heavunli Reese, 2; Miya Pettigrew, 10; Shelby Malone, 2; Tyreesha Blaylock, 12; Ja’Kayla Bowie, 9; Tayanna Ross, 2; Aaliyah Morgan, 22; Hannah Haynes, 6; Ke’Aja Lacy, 5; Alyssia Thorne, 5.

NORTH MESQUITE-Miles, 7; Grice, 9; Davis, 5; Allen, 12; Edwards, 6.

THREE POINT GOALS-REL: Bowie, Haynes (2), Lacy.

JV SCORE-Lee 63, North Mesquite 45.

RECORDS-Robert E. Lee 12-12 (3-3); North Mesquite (0-6)

NEXT UP-Lee at John Tyler, 5 p.m. Friday