The Orange Leader
WEST ORANGE —
After West Orange-Stark jumped on Orangefield early, it was smooth sailing for the Mustangs the rest of the way as they downed the Bobcats 72-42 in District 21-3A action at Mustang Gym Friday night.
The Mustangs (18-10, 7-2) held the Bobcats (14-12, 3-7) to just four field goals in the first half and WO-S went on a 17-8 run in the first period and a 18-8 jaunt in the second quarter to take a comfortable 35-16 advantage going into intermission.
Everyone was involved in the Mustang victory as 11 different Mustangs got into the scoring column.
Travon Blanchard led the Mustang attack, scoring 14 points while snagging seven rebounds. Post Tyrant Thompson recorded a double-double, tallying 12 points while ripping down 10 boards. Blanchard and Thompson both had eight points apiece in the first half.
Laquarious Paige had another excellent all-around game for WO-S, scoring 12 points to go along with eight rebounds and six assists.
Tevin Terrell had six points and eight boards for WO-S while Chase Rutledge contributed seven points and five rebounds.
Carl Wiley led the Bobcats with 10 points, nine of them coming in the second half. Carmichael Wiley had seven points, six of them in the first half. Dustin Verrett finished with six points, going a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. Levi Shores led the Bobcats on the glass, grabbing 11 rebounds, 10 of them coming in the first half.
The Mustangs forced the Bobcats into 10 of their 23 turnovers in the first quarter to set the tone.
WO-S, which had 15 turnovers, outrebounded the Bobcats 44-27.
The Bobcats finished 15-of-25 from the free-throw line while the Mustangs converted 13-of-18.
The Mustangs outscored the Bobcats 24-12 in the third period to go up 59-28. The Bobcats went on to outpoint WO-S 14-13 in the last eight minutes.
The Mustangs, who remain tied for second-place in 21-3A with Hardin-Jefferson (29-3, 7-2), will visit Buna Tuesday. Orangefield has its bye Tuesday and will host Buna next Friday.
LITTLE CYPRESS — Beaumont Ozen went on a 21-7 run in the second quarter as the Panthers went on to defeat the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears 64-39 in District 20-4A action at The Bear Cave Friday night.
Taylor Peveto led the Bears (11-19, 2-10) with 12 points while Trumiane Elmore chimed in with nine and Teondre Gant added eight.
Christian Bolton paced Ozen (18-9, 11-1) with 13 points. Wayne Wyngarde scored 12 for the Panthers and Ryan Haynes added 11.
The Bears return to action Tuesday when they visit the Lumberton Raiders.
BRIDGE CITY — Kelsey Fults erupted for 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Bridge City Lady Cardinals to a 54-46 District 21-3A win over Hamshire-Fannett Friday night, knocking the Lady Longhorns out of the playoff picture.
The Lady Cardinals (5-6 in district) outscored the Lady Longhorns (5-6 in district) 35-23 in the second half after trailing 23-19 at intermission.
Thye Lady Cardinal win put the Orangefield Lady Bobcats (15-12, 7-5) in the playoffs. Orangefield will go to the playoffs as the third-place team after defeating WO-S 60-55 Friday night.
Alexus Henry had 11 points and five rebounds for the Lady Cardinals while Harleigh Myers had seven points.
Kasey Frederick yanked down nine rebounds for Bridge City while Bailee Bacon had five.
DeLord had 13 points for H-F while Crawford added 11.
The Lady Cardinals will wrap up their season Tuesday on the road at 21-3A champion Hardin-Jefferson (11-0), which defeated second-place Buna 54-36 Friday.
In other action Friday night, first-place Beaumont Ozen canned Little Cypress-Mauriceville 97-18 in District 20-4A play. LC-M can still make the playoffs though if the Lady Bears (13-19, 5-8) defeat Lumberton at home Tuesday.