Apache Ladies fall to Odessa


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TJC guard Sernise Robertson is ready to play defense against Odessa's Chanell Lockhart during their game in the Sleep Inn Classic Thursday evening. Herb Nygren Jr.

After last week’s loss in West Texas, Tyler Junior College was hoping for a different result in Thursday’s home opener at Wagstaff Gymnasium.

However, the Wranglers’ 3-point shooting and the absence of Apache Ladies point guard Raiosha Preston were too much to overcome.

Odessa, which nailed se-ven 3-pointers, scored a 79-66 win during the opening day of the Sleep Inn Basketball Classic.

In other women’s games Thursday, former Robert E. Lee standout Bre Brooks hit for 32 points to lead Weatherford to a 94-91 win over Jacksonville; and Collin County downed Kilgore, 71-61.

In men’s action, Jacksonville, led by Mitchell Furr’s 20 points, scored a 117-79 win over Weatherford.

The Classic continues today.

As for TJC’s game, three Wranglers hit in double figures and the squad connected on 7 of 17 trey attempts.

“They shot it well; they shot it well at home,” said TJC coach Trenia Jones, whose team fell to OC by the same score last week in Odessa. “We were like ‘can they shoot it like that on the road?’ They are such a disciplined team. … Their experience kind of killed our lack of experience.

“I saw some positive things. We are getting better; so much better than when we started the year.”

Keaira Arion, a sophomore guard from Beaumont, led the Apache Ladies (1-2) with 22 points, while Carolina Lopez, a sophomore post from Cali, Colombia, contributed 14.

Kirbi Clark, a sophomore post from Houston, led in rebounding with 12, while Lopez added eight.

Angenay Williams, a sophomore guard from Chicago, led the Wranglers (3-0) with 20 points, while Nataliia Gavryliuk, a freshman from Vinnitsya, Ukraine, added 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Chanell Lockhart, another sophomore from Chicago, chipped in 13.

Morgan Holly, a power forward from Garland, had 11 rebounds for OC.

Injuries, and the loss of a transfer, have hampered the Apache Ladies. Jones is hopeful of Preston and 6-1 forward Caitlyn Ramirez returning soon.

Earlier the Apache Ladies lost 6-2 sophomore post Alexia Kelley to Weatherford.

The tournament continues today with five games. The Apache Ladies meet Weatherford at 4 p.m., while the Apaches take on Weatherford at 8 p.m.

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Sleep Inn Classic

Wagstaff Gymnasium

Odessa College 79,

No. 15 Tyler Junior College 66

ODESSA — Alissa Campanero, 5; Chanell Lockhart, 13; Nataliia Gavryliuk, 18; Kiera Waters, 3; Angenay Williams, 20; Sera Ozelei, 4; Morgan Holly, 8; Lauren Berry, 8; Shanna Taylor, 0.

TYLER — Kim Munoz, 4; Sernise Robertson, 6; Blayke Hemmitt, 0; Sierra Henry, 5; Carolina Lopez, 14; Keaira Arion, 22; Tayshia Hunt, 6; Adrienne Phillips, 4; Bria Emanuel, 5; Kirbi Clark, 0.

THREE POINT GOALS — OC: Gavryliuk (4), Waters, Williams, Ozelei. TJC: Lopez, Arion (2).

HALFTIME — Odessa 35, Tyler 31.

RECORDS — Odessa 3-0, Tyler 1-2.

Sleep Inn Suites Basketball Classic

Wagstaff Gymnasium

Thursday

Men: Jacksonville 117, Weatherford 79

Women: Weatherford 94, Jacksonville 91

Women: Collin County 71, Kilgore College 61

Women: Odessa College 79, Tyler Junior College 66

Friday

Women: Jacksonville vs. Collin County, noon

Women: Kilgore vs. Odessa, 2 p.m.

Women: Tyler vs. Weatherford, 4 p.m.

Men: SFA Club vs. Kilgore, 6 p.m.

Men: Tyler vs. Weatherford, 8 p.m.

Saturday

Women: Jacksonville vs. Odessa, 11 a.m.

Women: Kilgore vs. Weatherford, 1 p.m.

Women: Tyler vs. Collin County, 3 p.m.

Men: Weatherford vs. Kilgore, 5 p.m.

Men: SFA Club vs. Tyler, 7 p.m.