Bulletin Staff Report
STEPHENVILLE — The No. 10 Early Lady Horns got off to a shaky start at the Cross Timbers tournament here Friday, falling to Stephenville and Class 2A No. 4 Peaster.
Early shot just 18 percent in its 50-29 loss to Stephenville, but the Lady Horns trailed by just seven points with four minutes remaining before fouling in an attempt to reduce the deficit.
The Lady Horns also suffered a 55-48 setback against Peaster.
Against Peaster, Tresta Donahoo led Early with 12 points, followed by 11 from Tylene Middleton, 10 from Julia Loudermilk, nine from Bailey Harris, four from Katie Isom and two points from Brianna Childs.
Middleton tallied a team-high eight rebounds, Harris added five and four each came from Loudermilk, Isom and Childs — who also tallied three blocks.
In the Stephenville game, Early received eight points each from Isom and Middleton, seven from Harris, four from Donahoo and one point from Childs.
Middleton’s four rebounds were a team-high for Early.
The Lady Horns (5-3) will face 4A Aledo at 9 a.m. in their tournament finale.
Blanket 47, Kopperl 24
KOPPERL — The Blanket Lady Tigers advanced to the Kopperl tournament championship game with Friday’s 47-24 win over the host.
Blanket led Kopperl 15-7 after one quarter, 25-13 at halftime and 35-18 through three quarters.
Orlanda Lopez led the Lady Tigers with 22 points, trailed by 12 from Ashley Valle, seven from Candace Bundick and two points apiece from Danie Casarez, Charity Ferguson and Jessica Barrow.
Blanket will face Huckabay in the championship game.
Bangs 63, Hawley 56
BALLINGER — The Bangs Dragons improved to 6-1 on the season with Friday’s 63-56 victory over Hawley at the Ballinger tournament.
Down 15-12 after one quarter, the Dragons rallied to take a 31-30 halftime lead and carried a 40-39 edge into the fourth quarter, where Bangs converted 11-of-12 free throws over the last eight minutes.
Clay Brim led the Dragons with 17 points, followed by 12 points from Marcus Smith, 11 from Braden Williams, 10 from Matt Simons, nine from Issac Brown and four points from Grant Bear.
Kopperl 47, Blanket 44
KOPPERL — The Blanket Tigers were knocked off by tournament host Kopperl, 47-44, Friday.
The Tigers trailed 14-6 after one quarter and 29-17 at halftime, but closed the gap to 36-30 after three periods.
Blanket received a game-high 23 points from Austin Hughes, eight from Corey Wetzel, seven from Braxton Gonzalez, six from Jaron Prater and two points from Joseph Meeks.
The Tigers will challenge either Huckabay or Muenster today.