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Indians take season opener 59-33

in non-district basketball contest

The Frankston Indians basketball team started for their 2021-2022 season with a 59-33 victory over the Rusk Eagles in a non-district encounter at the FHS gym Friday, Nov. 19, according to a report from Indians Coach Scotty Albritton.

The Indians started strong with a 20-8 performance in the first quarter and led 30-19 at halftime. That first quarter performance was sparked by a strong defense coupled with a 13-point performance by Kody Loebig who had three 3-pointers to assure the Tribe lead.

In the second half, the Indians continued their strong defense and spread the scoring among other team members to outscore the Eagles 29-14.

Loebig ended the evening with 20 points but scored only one field goal in the second half. Benton Allen added his spark to the Indian offense, mostly in the second half. He scored 12 points, six 2-point field goals and was 2 for 5 at the free throw line. Kason Newport added 9 points with three 3-pointers. Jake Westbrook had 8, including two 3-pointers. Josh Fridinger had 4, including a 3 and a free throw. Isaiah Allen and Caleb Ramsey added 3 each.

Coach Albritton said he thought it was a good way to start the season.

“Our defense played well, really hustled, and created a bunch of turnovers,” the coach said. “I believe, at times, we showed some first-game jitters on offense.”

Coach Albritton said, “Overall, I’m excited how hard we played.”

Earlier in the evening, the Indian junior varsity won over their Rusk counterparts 48-20. They had a 10-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and scored 7 points to only 1 for the Rusk JV in the second period to lead 17-3 at the half. The Tribe JV picked up the offensive pace in the third quarter outscoring their opponents 15-8 and had a 16-9 performance in the final period.

The Indians are hoping to continue their winning ways when they journey to Elkhart on Monday, Nov. 22 with junior varsity action starting at 1 p.m., followed by the varsity game.  (See Indians-Rusk Video clip HERE )

Score by Quarters:

Rusk           8    11      7      7 — 33

Indians    20    10    15    14 — 59

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Flyers take early lead, hold it

for 84-54 win over Poolville

The LaPoynor Flyers took an early lead against Poolville on Friday morning, Nov. 19 and went on to take an 84-54 victory in the second round of the Port Aransas Marlin Classic, according to a report by LHS Coach Jim Reid.

The Flyers led the Poolville team 31-21 after a quarter and padded their lead to 52-32 by halftime. LaPoynor won the third quarter 19-8 to lead 71-40 going into the final quarter and sealed their win with a 13-12 performance in the final period.

Cooper Gracey led scorers with 28 points, including 4 three-pointers. Evan Almeida had 19 with 3 three-pointers, Cort Reid 13, with three 3’s and DiJuan Whitehead scored 10. Matt Driskell and Jackson Young added 6 each and Kase Johnston had 2.

The Flyers  played Portt Aransas at 7:30 p.m. Friday night, Nov. 19 and came away with a 80-38 victory. They were scheduled to play Lipan Saturday morning in the next round of the Classic.

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Flyers defeat Rockport Fulton 

75-66 in Marlin Classic opener

The LaPoynor Flyers opened their appearance at the Port Aransas Marlin Classic with a win over competitive Rockport Fulton 75-66 on Thursday, Nov. 18 and advanced into the second round against Poolville on Friday, Nov. 19, according to a report from LHS Coach Jim Reid.

The win gave the Flyers a 3-0 record against non-district opponents so far this season.

The Flyers outscored Rockport 22-14 in the first quarter but Rockport came back to outscore LaPoynor 25-9 in the second period and take a 39-31 lead into the dressing room at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Flyers staged their own comeback, outscoring Rockport 26-8, led by the shooting of Kase Johnston, Evan Almeida and DiJuan Whitehead, and taking a 57-47 lead into the final quarter.

Rockport was able to outscore the Flyers 19-18 in that final stanza, but that was not enough to overcome the 10-point Flyer lead going in.

Johnston led Flyer scorers with 27-point performance. Whitehead had 13, Almeida 12, Matt Driskell 10, Cooper Gracey 8 and Cort Reid 5.

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Lady Flyers first round winner

Nov. 18 in Wells Tournament

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers won over Groveton 57-26 in the first round of the Wells Tournament Thursday, Nov. 18, according to a report from LHS Coach Jammie Maze.

The Lady Flyers jumped out to a 22-5 first quarter lead and led 32-7 at halftime. They outscored Groveton 25-19 in the second half.

Natalie Tobin led LaPoynor scorers with 15 points. Markayla Hurd had 14 and Kitty Eldridge scored 10. Payton Maze had 6, Bree Howard 5, Tmia Mitchell 4 and KayleighLogan 3.

Maze pulled down 15 rebounds and had 2 steals, had 5 assists and 2 steals. Eldridge had 10 c and Hurd had 6 steals. Mitchell had 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Howard and Tobin each had 2 steals.

The Lady Flyers were to play the other first round winner on Friday, Nov. 19.

Score by Quarters:

Groveton         5       2       9      10 — 26

LaPoynor     22     10      10      15 — 57

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Lady Flyers dominate Grapeland

75-24 in non-district test Nov. 16

The LaPoynor Lady Flyers defeated Grapeland 75-24 Tuesday, Nov. 16 on the road in a non-district basketball game, according to a report by LHS Coach Jammie Maze.

The Lady Flyers dominated the Grapeland girls in every quarter, holding them to single digits.

Markayla Hurd led LaPoynor scorers with 22 points followed by Payton Maze with 15 and Kitty Eldridge and Natalie Tobin with 14 each. Tmia Mitchell and Riley Thaw with 4 each. The team shot 53 percent from the field and was 72 percent at the free throw line.

Maze had 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Hurd had 5 assists and 4 steals. Eldridge had 5 rebounds,  8 assists and 5 steals. Mitchell had 6 assists and 3 steals. Tobin had 6 rebounds and 2 assists.

On Thursday thru Saturday, Nov. 18-20, the Lady Flyers were participating in the Wells Tournament.

Score by Quarters:

LaPoynor.     21     22     11     21 — 75

Grapeland      7       5       8       4 — 24

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Maidens come off slow start

to win over Tyler Heat 48-29

The Frankston Maidens varsity basketball team got off to a slow start but came around to take a 48-29 victory over the Tyler Heat Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the FHS gym, according to a report from Maidens Coach Christi Coker.

Freshman Wila Davis led scoring with 12 points and 4 steals. Brianna Looney had 8 points, 5 steals and 10 deflections. Maggie Caveness, Mya Mitchell and Bandy Bizzell each had 6 points. Caveness and Mitchell each had 12 rebounds. Kaylee Davis had 5 points and 5 steals, Pauline Passchier had 3 points and Ja’Shalyn (Shay) Hatton had 2 points.

The Maidens varsity is now 2-0 in non-district play.

On Friday, Nov. 19, the Maidens varsity will go to Neches for a non-district game, starting at 5:30 p.m. • © The frankston citizen 1999-2021