Lions blitz Nac; Lady Lions fall short


NACOGDOCHES β€” The John Tyler boys basketball team tackled their first district opponent in their version of an all-out blitz, leading to a win the equivalent of four touchdowns.

Looking close to full strength with their full complement of players, John Tyler attacked Nacogdoches with 15 consecutive points to start the second half and cruised to a 79-51 win in the District 16-4A boys basketball opener Friday at Dragon Gymnasium.

The Lions (7-12) rushed down court repeatedly for easy buckets, finishing with 22 fast-break points. JT’s pressure produced 14 more points off turnovers. JT rendered Nacogdoches (11-8) scoreless for six minutes spanning the second and third periods.Β 

Ten different players produced between four and 14 points in a balanced effort for the two-time defending district champion.

Jordan Caldwell paced JT with 14 points off the bench. Isaac Warren, one of six varsity football players on the revamped 12-man varsity basketball roster, sparked JT with 13 points. Warren, a sophomore, produced six points in a 48-second span to highlight a 15-0 run, one resulting in a 50-25 lead midway through the third period.

Warren gave JT the lead for good after taking a steal the length of the floor for a 15-13 cushion late in the first period during a 9-0 Lions spurt.

Greg Ward scored 12 points for JT, starting with a trey on his first attempt. Ward went 3 for 5 from the floor and 5 for 6 from the line for the game.

Fred Ross recorded eight points and passed for four assists to tie Tyus Bower for team-high honors. Bowser contributed seven points to go with eight rebounds and two steals. Bowser did his damage in limited minutes, watching the entire second period with three fouls and sitting out the fourth with the contest out of reach.

The Lions improved to 27-2 in district play over the last three seasons with the victory.

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District 16-4A Boys

John Tyler 79, Nacogdoches 51

John Tyler 20 15 25 19 β€” 79

Nacogdoches 15 10 8 18 β€” 51

JOHN TYLER β€” Darion Flowers, 5; Greg Ward, 12; Jordan Caldwell, 14; Isaac Warren, 13; Fred Ross, 8; Rodney Bendy, 4; Keaunte Humber, 4; Javante Tramble, 4; William Vaughn, 8; Tyus Bowser, 7. FG 31-71 FT 15-29.

NACOGDOCHES β€” Patrick Sanders, 2; Demarcus Davis, 6 ; Corey Garrett, 2; Kwa Jones, 1; Jerron Garrett, 6; Austin Willeford, 13; De’Ante Riggins, 8; Mason Proctor, 8; L.J. Barnes, 2; Kyle Winfield, 3. FG 20-56 FT 7-14.

Three-point goals - JT: 2-8 (Ward, Warren); N: 4-19 (Riggins 2, Willeford, Winfield). Rebounds - JT: 52 (Flowers 9); N: 32 Proctor (7). Assists - JT: 15 (Bowser, Ross 4); N: 10 (Je. Garrett). Turnovers - JT: 14; N: 25. Blocks - JT: 2 (Bendy, Flowers); N: 4 (Barnes 2). Steals - JT: 13 (Caldwell, Ross, Warren 3); N: 8 (Davis 4). Total Fouls - JT: 15; N: 23.

JV SCORE β€” John Tyler 40, Nacogdoches 39.

RECORDS β€” John Tyler 7-12 (1-0); Nacogdoches 11-8 (0-1).

NEXT UP β€” Whitehouse at John Tyler, Tuesday; Nacogdoches at Lindale, Tuesday.

Lady Lions fall to Lady Dragons

NACOGDOCHES β€” Nacogdoches turned John Tyler inside-out, scoring four times as many points in the paint and shooting 60 percent from beyond the arc to beat the Lady Lions 79-65 Friday at Dragon Gymnasium.

The Lady Dragons divided the wealth, with four starters scoring in double figures, and another coming one point and one assist shy of a double-double in the first game of a District 16-4A doubleheader.

The Lady Dragons dominated inside in particular, where they outscored the Lady Lions 56-14, thanks to double-doubles from fellow posts CharityΒ Page (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Justice Lockett (13 points, 12 rebounds).

Kiadra Hayter hit for a game-high 23 points to lead Nacogdoches. Christy Whitaker netted 18 points while E.J. Johnson totaled nine points and nine assists for the Lady Dragons.

Nacogdoches improved to 3-0 in district going into a showdown next Tuesday against No. 18 Lindale.

The Lady Lions (16-10, 1-2 in 16-4A) dropped two games out of first place with the setback.

The Lady Lions shot 36 percent from the field and 33 percent from the free throw line.

The Lady Dragons, who dressed only eight players and relied on their starting five virtually the entire night, blew the game open with a 6-0 run to open the second half. Hayter keyed the run, knocking down a layup while falling, finding Johnson inside then scoring off her own steal for a 41-27 lead. JT trailed by double digits the rest of the way.

Quaneshia Johnson paced JT with 19 points. Tiaka Lee poured in 18 points and Tameal Jones chipped in 12 points for the Lady Lions, who suffered their other district loss to Lindale.Β 

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District 16-4A Girls

Nacogdoches 79, John Tyler 65

John Tyler 10 17 15 23 β€” 65

Nacogdoches 20 15 23 21 β€” 79

JOHN TYLER β€” Ashtyn Beal, 5; Tiaka Lee, 18; Tameal Jones, 12; Quaneshia Johnson, 19; Key-Ana Tatum, 1; Amia Wickware, 2; Kayla Webb, 7. FG 25-70 FT 6-18.

NACOGDOCHES β€” E.J. Johnson, 9; Christy Whitaker, 18; Kiadra Hayter, 23; Charity Page, 16; Justice Lockett, 13. FG 34-72 FT 5-16.

Three-point goals β€” JT: 7-22 (Johnson 4, Lee 3); N: 6-10 (Whitaker 4, Johnson, Lockett). Rebounds-JT: 44 (Webb 8), N: 47 (Lockett 12); Assists β€” JT: 13 (Beal 4); N: 19 (Johnson 9). Turnovers β€” JT: 15; N: 18. Blocks β€” JT: 7 (Wickware 3); N: 2 (Hayter, Page). Steals β€” JT: 12 (Lee, Wickware 3); N: 12 (Lockett 5). Total fouls β€” JT: 15; N: 11.

JV SCORE β€” John Tyler 27, Nacogdoches 20.

RECORDS β€” John Tyler 16-10 (1-2); Nacogdoches 17-8 (3-0).

NEXT UP β€” Whitehouse at John Tyler, Tuesday; Nacogdoches at Lindale, Tuesday.