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Regional Semifinals — Douglass 60, Maidens 45

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Maidens Quarterfinals Champs 2-25-21

— Courtesy Photo

Frankston Maidens — Quarterfinals Champs

Won over LaPoynor Lady Flyers 59-55 Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021

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Maidens team play praised in 59-55

Quarterfinals victory over LaPoynor

The Frankston Maidens pulled off a surprise win over the 14th ranked LaPoynor Lady Flyers 59-55 Thursday, Feb. 25 in Regional Quarterfinals Class AA basketball action at Cross Roads High School, according to a report from Coach Christi Coker.

Coach Coker praised the Maidens for their great team play in the win.

The win sets up a Regional Semifinals game with 4th ranked Douglass at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27 at the John Alexander Gym, located on the former Lon Morris College campus in Jacksonville. Ironically, two tribes of Indians will be playing in a gymnasium hosted by the Indians of Jacksonville.

Maidens vs. Lady Flyers (Shay) 2-25-21

SHAY ON LAYUP — Maidens guard Ja’shaylyn (Shay) Hatton (25) goes in for a layup against LaPoynor Thursday, Feb. 25 in the Class AA Regional Quarterfinals. Shay scored 13 points in the59-55 win. — Courtesy Photo

The Lady Flyers, at 8-2, had been the second seed from District 19-AA and the Maidens, at 6-4, were third seed. The Lady Flyers had defeated the Maidens twice in district play and were considered favorites by prognosticators to win,  going into the contest.

LaPoynor appeared to be off to a predictable start in the first quarter as they moved out to a 13-7 advantage. However, in the second quarter, the Maidens outscored the Lady Flyers to trail by only 2 points, 23-21 at halftime.

Frankston came out of the halftime break on a scoring surge 22-12 to lead 43-35 at the end of the third quarter. LaPoynor came back to tie the score during the fourth quarter 49-49 but the Maidens went ahead after that to stay. The Lady Flyers came to within 2 points at 55-57 with seconds to go but then Tia Billingsly went to the free throw line on a two-shot foul and sank them both to give the Maidens their 4-point victory margin at the final horn.

Coach Coker reported the following scoring:

Junior Post Maggie Caveness led scorers with 14 and “a ton of rebounds”. Sophomore Guard Ja’shalyn (Shay) Hatton was also in double figures with 13 points. Junior Guard Billingsly and junior Guard Brianna Looney each had 8. Freshman Guard Kaylee Davis and senior Guard Abbie Ramsey each had 7. Junior Post Kelsey Sexton scored 2.

Score by Quarters:

LaPoynor    13    10    12    20 — 55

Frankston     7    14    22    16 — 59

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Flyers win Area playoff title Feb. 25

against Bosqueville cagers by 63-29

The LaPoynor Flyers boys basketball team captured the Area title Thursday, Feb. 25 with a convincing 63-29 victory over Bosqueville in action at Corsicana, according to LHS Coach Dean Nuckolls.

The Flyers now advance to the Regional Quarterfinals in Class AA against Crawford Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. at Fairfield.

The Flyers outscored their opponent in all but one quarter, jumping out to a 16-2 lead in the first quarter. Despite a 9-10 deficit in the second quarter, they had a 25-12 halftime lead. They totally dominated in the second half, outscoring Bosqueville 38-17 for the comfortable win.

Garrett Nuckolls led scorers with 23 points. DiJuan Whitehead and Kamron Eldridge each had 9, Cooper Gracey 7, Evan Almeida 6 and Matt Driskell 4. Aiden Maze had 3 and Jeff Young 2.

Eldridge had 4 assists, 5 rebounds, and 5 steals. Driskell had 4 rebounds. Nuckolls had 4 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and 4 steals. Almeida had 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Caleb Solis had 4 rebounds. Gracey had 3 assists and 9 rebounds. Whitehead pulled down 12 rebounds.

Score by Quarters:

LaPoynor    16      9    19    19 — 63

Bosqueville   2    10      5    12 — 29

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Maidens capture Area title 46-32

over Bruceville-Eddy on Feb. 23

The Frankston Maidens advanced as Area Champions in the Class AA basketball playoffs Tuesday, Feb. 23 with a convincing 46-32 victory over Bruceville-Eddy at Centerville, according to FHS Coach Christi Coker.

Maidens vs. B-Eddy 2-23-21 (Abbie)

ABBIE SHOOTS — Maidens senior guard Abbie Ramsey (13) prepares to launch a three-point try in the Area Playoff game with Bruceville-Eddy Tuesday, Feb. 23. Ramsey led scorers with 18 points. — Courtesy Photo

The win pits Frankston, third in District 19–AA, against neighboring LaPoynor, which finished as 19-AA runnerup, in the Regional Quarterfinals. The game will be played on Thursday, Feb.. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Cross Roads High School Gym. Frankston will be home team. Tickets on sale at the door.

The Maidens outscored Bruceville-Eddy in all but the fourth quarter. They led 12-7 at the end of the first quarter and were ahead 30-22 at halftime. They outscored their opponent 11-4 in the third quarter and were 5-6, preserving a 14-point victory.

Leading scorer for the Maidens was Abbie Ramsey with 18 and Brianna Looney also was in double figures with 12 points. Maggie Caveness had 7, Tia Billingsly 5 and Teallie Tatum and Kelsey Sexton 2 each.

More statistics are expected to follow later.

Score by Quarters:

Frankston             12    18    11     5 — 46

Bruceville-Eddy    7    15      4     6 — 32

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Inspired Indians’ play falls short

as 20-AA champ Grapeland wins

The Frankston Indians basketball team played an inspired game against District 20-AA champion Grapeland Saturday, Feb. 20 but came away with an 87-68 loss in a Class AA Bi-district game, played on the FHS home court, according to FHS Coach Scotty Albritton.

The Indians had a challenging season, plagued by a late practice start due to the extended football playoff schedule and playing without key players for many games. Nevertheless they ended their season with a 4-6 district mark and fourth place seed in the playoffs and a 10-15 season record.

Indians vs. Grapeland (Kody)

KODY LAYUP — Sophomore Kody Loebig (11) drives in for a layup against Grapeland in the Bi-district game Saturday, Feb. 20. Loebig scored 20 points. — Courtesy Photo

“The guys played extremely hard and competed to the end,” Coach Albritton said. “I’m so proud of the way they played and handled the last three games against top 4 ranked teams.”

The Indians gave Grapeland a challenge in the first quarter, trailing by just 20-29. However, the Sandies picked up the pace in the second quarter, outscoring the Tribe 25-12, leading 54-32 at halftime. The Indians came back strong in the second half outscoring the Sandies 36-33, but not enough to offset their first half deficit. Grapeland had two players with more than 30 points in the game, one with seven 3-point goals, all in that fateful first half.

Offensively for the Indians, three players were in double figures, two with more than 20 points. Cael Bruno led with 23 points, 13 from field goals in the second half, including a 3-pointer. He also was 4 for 4 from the free throw line. Kody Loebig had 20 points, including four 3-pointers. Isaiah Allen scored 10, including a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. Caleb Ramsey scored 8 and was 2 for 3 at the charity stripe. Benton Allen had 6 points and Brink Bizzell 1 on a fourth quarter free throw.

Score by Quarters:

Grapeland     29    25    19   14 — 87

Frankston     20    12    17   19 — 68

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Lady Flyers defeat Marlin 51-36,

advance to Quarterfinals Feb. 25

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers Saturday, Feb. 20 advanced in the Class AA playoffs with a 51-36 victory over Marlin in Area competition at Corsicana, according to a report from LHS Coach Jammie Maze.

The Lady Flyers will now advance to Quarterfinals competition scheduled on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Cross Roads High School Gym. They will face Frankston,. the winner of the Area game between Frankston and Bruceville-Eddy on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

The Lady Flyers outscored Marlin 9-4 in the first quarter and then dominated their opponents 21-10 in the second quarter to build a 30-14 halftime lead. Marlin was able to outscore the Lady Flyers 22-21 in the second half but it was not enough to overcome the LaPoynor 16-point first half advantage.

Two Lady Flyers players scored in double figures. Markayla Hurd had 19 points, including a 9 for 12 performance at the free throw line. Staci Whitehead scored 17 points and dropped in 5 of 8 free throws. Kitty Eldridge scored 8 points, Laura McClelland 5 and Tmia Mitchell and Payton Maze with a point each.

Marissa Hurd had 1 assist and 1 steal. Whitehead had 1 assist, 3 rebounds a block and 2 steals. Markayla Hurd had 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 7 steals. Laci Davis had 3 rebounds and a steal. Maze had an assist and a rebound. Mitchell had 3 rebounds and 2 steals. McClelland had 3 assists, 8 rebounds and a steal. Eldridge had an assist, 4 rebounds and 2 steals.

Score by Quarters:

Marlin        4    10      9    13 — 36

LaPoynor   9    21    10    11 — 51

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Flyers win Bi-District title, down

Groveton 54-40 to rise in playoffs

The LaPoynor Flyers advanced in the Class AA playoffs on Saturday, Feb. 20 with a 54-40 victory over Groveton in Bi-District play and had a 22-5 overall record going into Area playoff competition, according to a report from LHS Coach Dean Nuckolls.

The Flyers were to meet Bosqueville in the Area round on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at Corsicana Middle School.

LaPoynor started the Groveton game with a 17-9 first quarter lead. Groveton came back to narrow the lead to 30-23 at halftime. The Flyers outscored their opponent 24-17 in the second half to take the 14-point win.

Garrett Nuckolls led scorers with 16 points. DiJuan Whitehead added 13. Cooper  Gracey scored 9 and Kase Johnston 8. Kamron Eldridge and Evan Almeida each scored 3 and Matt Driskell had 2.

Eldridge had 2 assists and 10 rebounds. Driskell had 7 rebounds. Nuckolls had 4 assists, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Almeida had 3 assists and 2 rebounds. Johnston had 4 assists, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks and 4 steals. Gracey had 2 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Whitehead pulled down 9 rebounds.

Score by Quarters:

LaPoynor    17    13    11    13 — 54

Groveton      9    14    10      7 — 40

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Maidens win bi-district title 59-53,

meet Bruceville-Eddy in 2-A Area

Maidens vs. Lovelady (Maggie)

MAGGIE SHOT — Maidens junior post Maggie Caveness (12) launches a jump shot against Lovelady Friday, Feb. 12 in their 59-53 bi-district win. Caveness pulled down 13 rrebounds in the game. — Courtesy Photo

The Frankston Maidens are bi-district winners after the first round of Class AA basketball playoff action in which they defeated District 20-AA Lovelady Friday, Feb. 12 in a thriller 59-53, according to a report from FHS Coach Christi Coker.

The Maidens will now go into the Area Playoffs against Bruceville-Eddy, scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Centerville High School. Previous date was changed due to possible weather conditions.

Speaking about the bi-district game the Maiden coach had praise for her team.

“It was a great team effort for the win,” she said.

The Maidens led after a quarter of play 17-15 but Lovelady came back to take the lead at halftime 34-28. The Maidens were able to regroup during the halftime break and came back in the third quarter to take a 44-42 lead. In the final quarter, the Maidens outscored the Lady Lions 15-11 to secure the win.

Maidens vs. Lovelady (TIA)

Abbie Ramsey led scorers with 13 points. Also in double figures was Shay Hatton with 10. She pulled down 7 rebounds as well. Tia Billingsly and Brianna Looney each had 9 points and Billingsly had 6 rebounds. Maggie Caveness scored 8 points while contributing 13 rebounds and 3 steals. Kelsey Sexton and Kaylee Davis scored 4 each and Teallie Tatum had 2.

The bi-district game was played at Cushing High School.

AT LEFT, Maiden junior guard Tia Billingsly (14) flies in for a layup against Lovelady in the Class AA bi-district game Friday, Feb. 12. — Courtesy Photo

Score by Quarters:

Lovelady.      15    19      8     11 — 53

Frankston     17    11    16     15 — 59

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Lady Flyers defeat Grapeland 68-46

in AA bi-district playoff on Feb. 12

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers outscored the Grapeland Sandiettes in three of four quarters Friday, Feb. 12 and left the neutral site of Cushing High School with a convincing 68-46 bi-district victory, according to a report from LHS Coach Jammie Maze.

The game was the second in a double-header at Cushing, the first game being the bi-district game between Frankston and Lovelady.

The 19-AA second seeded Lady Flyers outscored the 20-AA third seed Grapeland girls 17-11 in the first quarter and despite going 14-15 in the second, led the Sandiettes 31-26 at halftime. In the second half the Lady Flyers went on a scoring surge outscoring their opponent 37-20 to take the 22-point win.

Four players scored in double figures for the LaPoynor girls. Staci Whitehead sank 15 points, hitting 3 of 4 free throws. Payton Maze had 13 points and was 3 of 7 at the free throw line. Kitty Eldridge hit for 11 points and Markayla Hurd 10, who had one 3-pointer. Laura McClelland scored 8 points and was 2 for 2 in free throws. Tmia Mitchell scored 6 points and Laci Davis 4. Marissa Hurd hit 1.

Whitehead had 2 assists, 9 rebounds and 5 steals. Markayla Hurd had 2 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Davis had 2 rebounds. Maze had 3 rebounds and 1 steal. Mitchell had 4 assists, 6 rebounds and 1 steal. McClelland had 5 assists, 3 rebounds and 5 steals. Eldridge had 2 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals.

The Lady Flyers are now 20-4 for the season after having finished at 8-2 in district play.

LaPoynor will play Marlin in Area competition Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at a location to be announced, subject to change due to weather conditions.

Score by Quarters:

Grapeland      11    15    10    10 — 46

LaPoynor       17    14    19    18 — 68

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Flyers end regular season in big win

over 19-AA Cayuga 76-33 on Feb. 12

The LaPoynor Flyers basketball team defeated Cayuga 76-33 Friday, Feb.12 in the final regular season and District 19-AA game at Nichols-Corley Gym at LaPoynor School, according to a report from LHS Coach Dean Nuckolls.

The Flyers finished as a second seed in the Class AA boys playoffs and were to meet Groveton in bi-district.

LaPoynor dominated the Wildcats in every quarter, leading 20-7 in the first quarter and 33-13 at halftime. They went on to outscore Cayuga 43-20 in the second half to win by 43 points.

Leading scorer was Kase Johnston with 19 points. DiJuan Whitehead followed with 17 and Garrett Nuckolls had 12. Evan Almeida scored 8, Kamron Eldridge and Cooper Gracey each had 6, Matt Driskell 4 and Aiden Maze and Caleb Solis each had 2.

Eldridge had 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 5 steals. Nuckolls had 3 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Solis had 3 rebounds. Almeida got 4 rebounds. Johnston had 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Gracey pulled down 7 rebounds and had 2 steals. Whitehead had 9 rebounds.

Score by Quarters:

Cayuga           7      6      7    13 — 33

LaPoynor     20    13    22    21 — 76 

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Indians ‘played well’ against top-ranked

Martins Mill but fell 71-54 on Feb. 12

The Frankston Indians “played well on both ends of the court” Friday night, Feb. 12, leading 17-15 at the end of the first quarter and ahead 23-22 with three minutes to go in the half, but Martins Mill picked up their scoring to win 71-54 in the final district and regular season game for both teams, according to FHS Coach Scotty Albritton.

Martins Mill outscored the Indians 20-6 in the second quarter to take a 35-23 lead into the dressing room at halftime. They went on to score 36 points in the second half, but the Indians answered with 31. In fact, the Tribe got within 9 points early in the fourth quarter,  Coach Albritton said.

“I loved the effort the guys play with,” the coach said.

Three Indian players scored in double figures, led by Cael Bruno 19 points, including three 3-pointers and a 4 for 6 performance at the free throw line. Caleb Ramsey scored 11 points with two 3-pointers. Kody Loebig hit for 10 points, including two 3-pointers. Isaiah Allen scored 8 including 4 for 6 in free throws. Brink Bizzell had 6 including a 3-pointer.

The Indians finished the season in fourth place in District 19-AA with a 10-14 season record and 4-6 district mark. They are scheduled to play District 20-AA champion Grapeland in bi-district Saturday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at Frankston High School, in a change due to weather. District champion Martins Mill will play the 20-AA fourth place team at a time and place to be announced. They finished 24-3 on the season and were 10-0 in district competition.

Score by Quarters:

Martins Mill.   15   20    15    21 — 71

Frankston       17      6    14    17 — 54

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Indians’ defensive effort fails to hold

down LaPoynor in 52-38 district loss

The Frankston Indians, playing with two players short, put on a stellar defensive performance against the Class AA No. 4 LaPoynor Flyers before the talented Flyers came away with a 52-38 victory Tuesday, Feb. 9, according to a report by FHS Coach Scotty Albritton.

“I loved our defensive intensity, especially in the second half,” Coach Albritton observed. “The kids stayed in there.”

Senior Night was observed at the game instead of on Friday, Feb. 12, because of the Maidens bi-district game on that date. Brink Bizzell is the senior on the team.

LaPoynor had a big first half offensively, leading 34-18 at halftime. However the Indians managed to hold the Flyers to only 18 points in the second half while scoring 20 themselves. That advantage was not enough to overcome the 16-point lead the Flyers had built up in the first half.

Cael Bruno led Indian scorers with 16 points, including a 3-pointer. Brink Bizzell had 7 points, including a 3-pointer. He was 2 for 2 at the free throw line. Kody Loebig had 6 points on two 3-pointers. Caleb Ramsey had 4, Austin Carr 3 on a 3-pointer and Ethan Lade with 2.

Garrett Nuckolls led LaPoynor with 17 points, including three 3-pointers and a 2 for 2 performance at the charity stripe. All but three of his points were in the productive first half for the Flyers. Kamron Eldridge had 12, also mostly in that first half. DiJuan Whitehead scored 10 points, 8 of which were in the second half. Cooper Gracey got 6, Evan Almeida 3 and Kase Johnston and Matt Driskell 2 each.

Flyers coach Dean Nuckolls reported that Eldridge and Driskell each had 3 assists, Nuckolls and Almeida each had 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Johnston had 3 assists and 3 rebounds. Gracey had 4 assists and 8 rebounds and Whitehead had 13 rebounds and 2 steals.

The Indians have another tough game coming up at home against the District 19-AA leader, Martins Mill. The varsity game will start at 6 p.m. It will be the final regular season game of the season.

The fourth place Indians will be in the playoffs against the District 20-AA champion Grapeland. The bi-district game starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 at Palestine High School, Coach Albritton said.

Score by Quarters:

LaPoynor         18    16     12      6 — 52

Frankston.        11   7     10    10 — 38

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Maidens’ bi-district foe  is Lovelady

Feb. 12 after win at Cross Roads

The Frankston Maidens varsity ended their regular season on a winning note, downing Cross Roads 54-24 Friday, Feb. 5 on the road, according to a report from FHS Coach Christi Coker.

The varsity finished 6-4 in district and 14-7 overall.

Earlier in the evening, the Maidens Junior Varsity lost to Cross Roads JV 28-20.

The Maidens varsity, 19-AA third place team, now concentrates on a AA bi-district challenge when they go against the District 20-AA runner-up, Lovelady, on Friday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Cushing gym. That game will be followed at 8 p.m. when the LaPoynor Lady Flyers meet Grapeland, third in 20-AA, at the Cushing gym. Playoff game ticket prices are $5 and $3.

Leading scorer for the Maidens varsity was Brianna Looney with 13 points. Abbie Ramsey had 9, Kelsey Sexton 8, Shay Hatton 7, Maggie Caveness 6, Kaylee Davis 5, Tealllie Tatum 4 and Tia Billingsly 2.    (See Complete Article HERE )

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