MERKEL — Trailing by as many as 15 points, the Early Longhorns stormed back to upend the Merkel Badgers, 60-59, Tuesday in the basketball opener for both squads.

Early, under the direction of first-year head coach Nadir Dalleh, finished with a 4-25 record a season ago, but already made a huge leap forward Tuesday night.

“Only having two practices, you could tell we were out of shape and there’s a ton of things we need to work on,” Dalleh said, “but we were down 15 points at one point and really came back strong.”

Cameron Denison finished with 32 points to pace Early trailed by seven points from Josh Benson, six from Bubba Reno, four each from Jake Fisher and Jacob Morgan and three from Chase Riker.

Early is scheduled to visit Comanche at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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Cisco 52, Lady Dragons 39

CISCO — The Bangs Lady Dragons slipped to 2-5 on the season with a 52-39 loss at Cisco Tuesday night.

Bangs trailed 15-9 after one quarter, 29-13 at halftime and 43-23 after three.

Rachael Willard led Bangs with 10 points followed by nine each from Kady Kyle and Kinsie Ward.

The Lady Dragons play in the Eula tournament beginning Thursday.

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Lometa 50, May Lady Tigers 47

MAY — The May Lady Tigers stand at 1-1 on the season following a 50-47 home loss to Lometa Tuesday.

May led 11-6 after one quarter, Lometa pulled even at 18 at halftime and the Lady Tigers trailed 38-32 after three quarters.

Shayla Stephens led May with 18 points trailed by nine from Lacy Cox, eight from Madison Hayes, five each from Kelsey Sadler and Shylee Jenkins and two points from Megan O’Briant.