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Flyers finish non-district with win,

go 2-1 in District 19-AA cage play

The LaPoynor Flyers, since the first of the new year, closed out their preseason schedule with a win and started their District 19-AA schedule with two wins and only one loss.

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the Flyers defeated Kerens 63-48 after having won over Cross Roads 90-21. Their only district loss came at the hands of a formidable Martins Mill team 66-53.

They closed out their non-district schedule with a 57-49 win over Lufkin Hudson. They only lost three games in non-district competition, falling only to Lipan, Gary and Tenaha. Their overall season record is 15-4.

In their most recent game with Kerens, the Flyers led 22-7 in the first quarter and 30-17 at halftime. They outscored Kerens 33-31 in the second half to seal the win.

Garrett Nuckolls led scorers with 20 points and DiJuan Whitehead scored 16. Cooper Gracey had 9 points and Kase Johnston 8. Matt Driskell scored 6 points and Evan Almeida had 4.

Nuckolls had 4 assists, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks and 4 steals. Whitehead had 2 assists and 14 rebounds. Johnston had 3 assists and 7 rebounds. Almeida pulled down 6 rebounds. Gracey had four rebounds and 2 steals. Driskell had 2 assists and 3 rebounds.

Against Cross Roads, LaPoynor was ahead 24-0 in the first quarter and 48-8 at halftime. They outscored their opponent 42-13 in the second half to ice the big win.

Whitehead led scorers with 29 points. Gracey got 20 points and Nuckolls scored 13. Kamron Eldridge had 9, Driskell and Almeida 6 each, Jeff Young 4, and Johnston 3.

Gracey had. 2 assists, 16 rebounds, 2 blocks and 4 steals. Whitehead had 12 rebounds and 3 blocks. Nuckolls had 8 assists and 9 rebounds. Johnston had 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals. Almeida had 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Eldridge had 2 assists and 3 rebounds. Young had 3 rebounds and Driskell had 3 assists.

In the Martins Mill game, the Flyers played it close in the first half, trailing 17-16 in the first quarter and behind only 31-28 at halftime. Martins Mills outscored the Flyers 38-22 in the second half to take the win.

Against Martins Mill, Whitehead led with 12 points. Johnston had 10, Gracey 9, Eldridge 8, Nuckolls 7, Almeida and Driskell 3 each and Young 1.

Whitehead had 2 assists and 6 rebounds. Nuckolls had 2 assists, 2 rebounds, 6 blocks and 3 steals. Gracey had 2 assists and 11 rebounds. Eldridge had 3 assists and 2 steals. Johnston had 5 rebounds and Driskell had 2 rebounds.

In the non-district game with Hudson, the score was tied 25-25 at halftime. Hudson went ahead by 3 in the third quarter 42-39, but the Flyers outscored Hudson 18-7 in the final quarter to take the 8-point win.

Gracey led scorers against Hudson with 12 points. Whitehead, Nuckolls and Almeida each scored 10. Johnston had 7, Eldridge 6 and Driskell 2.

Eldridge had 3 assists and 8 rebounds. Nuckolls had 4 assists and 8 rebounds. Almeida had 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Johnston had 4 assists, 8 rebounds and 2 steals. Gracey had 2 assists and 7 rebounds and Whitehead had 2 rebounds.

The Flyers host Frankston on Friday, Jan. 22 and then go to Cayuga on Tuesday, Jan. 26 for games starting at 5 p.m.

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Maidens end first round third in 19-AA,

top Cayuga 41-34, Cross Roads 53-15

The Frankston Maidens Tuesday, Jan. 19 closed out the first round of District 19-AA competition with a convincing 53-15 victory over the Cross Roads Lady Bobcats during Senior Night at the Frankston gymnasium, according to a report from FHS Coach Christi Coker.

Maiden seniors Abbie Ramsey (13) and Teallie Tatum (21) were honored prior to the varsity game.

Maidens vs. Cross Roads (Teallie)

TEALLIE ON MOVE — Frankston Maiden senior post Teallie Tatum (21) maneuvers with the basketball against Cross Roads Tuesday, Jan. 19, Senior Night. —Courtesy Photo

The victory followed a close 13-11 victory by the Maiden junior varsity over their Cross Roads counterparts. They are now 8-3 overall for the season.

The Maidens’ varsity ended the first round with a 3-2 district record and a 11-5 season mark. The Maidens are in third place in the district behind Martins Mill (5-0) and LaPoynor (4-1). Kerens (2-3) is in fourth place, followed by Cayuga (1-4) and Cross Roads (0-5).

On Jan. 15, the Maidens won a “tough one” on the road against Cayuga 41-34 in varsity only competition.

Abbie Ramsey led scorers against Cross Roads with 17 points, 6 steals and 4 assists. Maggie Caveness had another double-double with 10 points and 17 rebounds. Brianna Looney scored 8 points, had 7 steals and 4 assists. Teallie Tatum had 6 points, Tia Billingsly 5, Shay Hatton 3, Kelsey Sexton and Kaylee Davis 2 points each. Sexton also contributed 8 rebounds.

For the Maidens JV against Cross Roads, Bandy Bizzell had 5 points, Kennedi Musselman and Mirayah Hatton 3 each and Ondreia Renfro 2.

Against Cayuga, Ramsey led with 11 points. Caveness had 8 points and 10 rebounds. Billingsly had 7 and Sexton 6 with 10 rebounds. Shay Hatton scored 5 and Davis 2. Looney also had 2 points with 5 steals and 12 deflections on defense.

The Maidens varsity will challenge second place LaPoynor at home on Friday, Jan. 22 starting at about 6:15 p,m. following the JV contest at 5 p.m.

Another challenge at home on Tuesday, Jan. 26 is scheduled for 6 p.m. when the Maiden varsity meets the district leader Martins Mill.

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Indians dominate Cross Roads 65-29

to raise District 19-AA record to 2-1  

The Frankston Indians won their second District 19-AA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 19 by dominating Cross Roads 65-29 on the road.

The win gave the Indians a 2-1 district record. They are 7-10 overall for the season.

The Indians had four players in double figures and dominated the Cross Roads varsity in all four quarters.

After leading Cross Roads 11-6 in the first quarter, the Indians outscored their opponent 17-4 in the second quarter to take a 28-10 halftime lead. They cemented their lead with a 22-point performance in the third quarter while holding Cross Roads to only 7 points. The Bobcats scored 12 fourth quarter points but it was not nearly enough to offset the Indians’ 50-17 third quarter advantage and a 15-point Tribe showing in the fourth.

Leading scorer for the Indians was Cael Bruno with 17 including one 3-pointer. He sank 2 of 3 from the free throw line. Caleb Ramsey and Brink Bizzell each scored 12, each hitting one 3-pointer. Bizzell made 7 of 8 free throws and Ramsey was 1 for 1. Isaiah Allen hit 5 two-point field goals and was 1 for 2 at the free throw line for 11 points. In the fourth quarter, Ethan Lade scored 7 points and was 1 for 2 at the charity stripe. Benton Allen and Kason Newport each had 3 points,  Allen with a field goal and a free throw and Newport with a 3-pointer.

Friday, Jan. 22, the Indians will go to LaPoynor to meet the formidable Flyers with games starting at 5 p.m. Then on Tuesday, Jan. 26 they meet another challenging foe when they journey to Martins Mill.

Score by Quarters:

Frankston      11    17    22    15 — 65

Cross Roads    6      4      7    12 — 29

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Maidens varsity, JV defeat Kerens

in key District 19-AA tests Jan. 12

The Frankston Maidens varsity won a big district game 53-25 against Kerens Tuesday, Jan. 12 to improve their District 19-AA record to 1-2, according to a report by FHS Coach Christi Coker.

Earlier, the Maidens Junior Varsity defeated their Kerens counterparts 42-22.

Leading scorer for the Maiden varsity was Abbie Ramsey with 16 points, including two 3-pointers. Also in double figures was Maggie Caveness with 11. Brianna Looney scored 8 points and Tia Billingsly had 5. Kelsey Sexton and Shay Hatton each contributed 4 points to the cause. Kaylee Davis had 3 and Teallie Tatum 2 points.

Caveness not only scored in double figures but also had 12 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Looney had 4 steals and 7 rebounds. Billingsly had 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Sexton pulled down 10 rebounds.

In the JV game, Kennedi Musselman was high scorer with 12 points. Also in double figures was Mirayah Hatton with 11. Bandy Bizzell had 8, Trinity Coats 6 and Mya Mitchell and Kaitlyn Deupree had 2 each.. Ondreia Renfro had 1.

The Maidens travel to Cayuga Friday, Jan. 15 and will be at home on Tuesday, Jan. 19 against Cross Roads to end the first round of district play. At 6:15 p.m., following the JV game against Cross Roads, Senior Night will be observed with seniors recognized for their contributions.

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Cayuga second half surge defeats

Indians 56-52 in 19-AA contest

The Frankston Indians fell 56-52 in a “tough one” to the Cayuga Wildcats Friday, Jan 15 at the Frankston gym, according to a report from FHS Coach Scotty Albritton.

The District 19-AA loss made the Indians 1-1 in district play after having won their district opener over Kerens in a close game 34-31. They are now 6-10 for the season.

The Indians held a close lead over Cayuga in the first half, leading 11-9 in the first period and 19-18 at halftime. However, Cayuga outscored the Indians 38-33 in the second half to take the win.

Cael Bruno led Indians scorers with 22 points, sinking two 3-pointers and 2 of 3 from the free throw line. Brink Bizzell was also in double figures with 14, including one 3-pointer and a free throw. Isaiah Allen and Caleb Ramsey had 5, Kody Loebig 4, and Benton Allen 2.

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the Indians go to Cross Roads for games starting at 5 p.m. Then on Friday, Jan. 22, the Tribe must face a formidable LaPoynor team at the Nichols-Corley Gym at LaPoynor.

Score by Quarters:

Cayuga      9   9    15    23 — 56

Indians    11    8    13    20 — 52

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Indians hold off Kerens to take 34-31

victory in District 19-AA cage opener 

The Frankston Indians varsity started off District 19-AA play with a close 34-31 victory over the Kerens Bobcats Tuesday, Jan. 12 at Kerens, according to a report by FHS Coach Scotty Albritton.

Indians vs. Kerens (IsaIah

ISAIAH LAYUP — Frankston Indian Isaiah Allen (4) goes up for a layup against Kerens Tuesday, Jan.12.

— Courtesy Photo

The win gives the Indians a 1-0 district record and makes them 6-9 for the season.

The game was close in almost every quarter. The Indians led 7-5 in the first period and had a 17-11 lead at halftime. Kerens tried a comeback in the second half, outscoring the Indians 20-17 but the Tribe held on to preserve the three point win.

Isaiah Allen led Indian scorers with 13 points, including two 3-pointers and was 1 for 2 at the free throw line. Cael Bruno was also in double figures with 10 points. He sank two free throws on two tries. Brink Bizzell was also perfect at 2 for 2 at the charity line and scored 4 points. Kody Loebig had 3, thanks to one 3-pointer. Caleb Ramsey and Benton Allen each had 2, Ramsey sinking 2 free throws in two tries and Allen with a single field goal.

The Indians will host Cayuga on Friday, Jan. 15 and then go to Cross Roads on Tuesday, Jan. 19 with hopes of going 3-0 in district play before they are tested against LaPoynor and Martins Mill in successive games.

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Lady Flyers lose first district game

Jan. 12 to tough Martins Mill 64-42

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers lost their first 19-AA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 12 to their rival for district honors, Martins Mill, 64-42 in action at LaPoynor.

The loss was LaPoynor’s first in district play, having defeated both Frankston and Cayuga previously. They are 2-1 in district and 13-4 overall. Martins Mill is undefeated in district, having previously won over Frankston.

The Lady Flyers fell behind in the first quarter by 13 points, 18-5, and Martins Mill padded their lead to 35-15 by halftime. LaPoynor was able to narrow the deficit some in the third quarter outscoring their opponent 14-12 but Martins Mill secured their victory in the final quarter 17-13 for the 22-point win.

Staci Whitehead led Lady Flyer scorers with 18 points, including two 3-pointers in seven attempts, and 6 of 7 free throws. She scored on 3 of 8 attempts for two points. Laura McClelland got 9 points, Markayla Hurd 6, Kitty Eldridge 5, Tmia Mitchell 3 and Laney Almon 1.

Whitehead had 14 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 blocks. Marissa Hurd had 3 rebounds and an assist. Markayla Hurd had 1 assist, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Laci Davis had 3 rebounds. Mitchell had 2 assists and 1 rebound. McClelland had 3 assists, 1 block and 2 steals. Eldridge had 2 assists, 3 rebounds and 1 steal.

The Lady Flyers are scheduled to go to Cross Roads on Friday, Jan. 15 and will close out the first round of district play against Kerens on Jan. 19 at LaPoynor.

Score by Quarters:

Martins Mill     18 17 12 17 — 64

LaPoynor           5 10 14 13 — 42

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Strong Martins Mill team defeats

Maidens 52-21 in 19-AA contest

Maidens vs. Martins Mill (Abbie)

ABBIE DRIVES — Maidens senior guard Abbie Ramsey (13) drives the court against a Martins Mill defender Friday, Jan. 8. Ramsey led Maiden scorers with 11 points. 

— Courtesy Photo

The Frankston Maidens faced another 19-AA top team Friday, Jan. 8 and came away falling to the Martins Mill varsity girls 52-21, according to a report by FHS Coach Christi Coker.

With a not so enviable circumstance of facing two of the top pre-season favorites in their first two district games, the Maidens are now 0-2 in district play. They still get another chance against both teams later, however.

“We started out strong,” Coach Coker said, “but the second half hurt us.”

The coach said Martins Mill could not miss in the third quarter “and we could not score in the fourth”. She said the Maidens only hit 1 of 10 free throws also.

Abbie Ramsey led Maiden scorers with 11 points. Tia Billingsly and Shay Hatton had 3 each and Brianna Looney and Maggie Caveness each scored 2.


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