Boys, girls basketball play preseason games; softball team competes in fall league

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Isaac Velasques

During the Nov. 30 game against Harleton, freshman JV player Autumn Rhodes gets ready to shoot a free throw.

Ashlynn Davis and Ashleigh McCormack

The JV and varsity girls basketball team played against Harleton Nov. 30, resulting in wins on the home court. 

JV played a close game, and ended up on top after freshman Autumn Rhodes made a layup buzzer beater to win the game 24-23. Varsity won against the Wildcats 52-28. 

“Against Harleton we had so much energy, and it was such a fun game, and we came out with a huge win over them after barely winning against them in last year’s playoffs,” varsity player and junior Addy Gresham said.

Meanwhile away at Arp Nov. 30, the boys basketball JV and varsity teams won both games 59-39 and 46-39.

“We really improved, but we need to work on our defense,” senior Breydan Pobuda said.

On Dec. 2, the fall league softball team won 10-2 on their home field against White Oak. 

 “We are way better than we were last year,” senior Kaleigh Carney said. “We beat Kilgore and White Oak for the first time in a while. I believe we have a strong spot for the playoffs.” 

Both boys and girls basketball played in tournaments Dec. 2-4 with girls playing in White Oak and boys playing in Van. The girls played Tatum, Tyler Heat and Gladewater JV and ended with scores of 41-50, 34-39 and 58-16.

“We played a very fast and athletic game at 8 a.m. in the morning and they would not call anything for us,” Gresham said. “Our shots were not falling, and so we barely lost.” 

The boys varsity played in the Van Tournament against Canton, Lindale, Paris and Palestine and ended with scores of 25-44, 27-58, 33-70 and 43-53.

 “We have some work to do, but I believe we can get there,” Pobuda said.