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Lady Lions take second in Teague Tourney

While claiming the championship in their own tournament would have been nice, the Teague Lady Lions can find some solace in finishing as runner-up in the 16-team field in the three-day tourney held in the two gyms at the Teague High School complex from Thursday, November 29 to Saturday, December 1.

After winning three games to get to the finals, the Lady Lions met the undefeated Franklin Lady Lions and battled their former district opponents evenly for three quarters before Franklin pulled away in the fourth quarter en route to a 70-54 victory to claim the championship of the 2nd Annual Lady Lions Invitational Tournament.

Lady Lions Coach Taylor Sims said ?The tournament was a great success with almost all of the participating teams indicating they would like to return next year.? Sims also wanted to thank all of the volunteers that included coaches, students, teachers, school employees and parents for making the tournament possible, saying that hosting a basketball tournament is a huge undertaking and ?Without all of the volunteers, it would not have gotten done.?

In the finals, Teague (7-2) got off to a great start as it has done almost all season and led 20-13 after one quarter before Franklin (10-0) surged ahead 28-27 at the half behind a full court press that limited Teague to seven points in the period.

Both offenses found success in the third as Teague scored 19 points only to see Franklin put up 24 to take a 52-46 lead in to the fourth quarter. After twice cutting its deficit to four points at 52-48 and again at 54-50, Teague went cold from the field, going over five minutes without a point while Franklin went on a 11-0 run to forge a 65-50 lead. Teague managed but a 3-of-15 effort from the field in the final eight minutes as Franklin finished with an 18-8 points advantage to win 70-54.

Teague had another outstanding game from senior Kyera Abram who finished with 18 points and 18 rebounds while Haley Guerrero added 10 points and five assists with Alie Watson contributing eight points, three rebounds and two assists in the loss.

NiCosha Nelms added six points, 11 rebounds and two assists while Kali Crowhurst finished with four points and two rebounds. Danielle McWilliams, Kirby Cooper, Abbey Hurst and Kenya Busby all had two points each for the Lady Lions while Caitlyn Collins added three assists and two rebounds. Sibyl Burrell had two boards for Teague while Hope Scales also saw action in the contest.

Teague failed to connect on a single 3-pointer in the game as the Lady Lions were 0-of-14 from long range but did hit on 24-of-48 from inside the arc while also making 6-of-12 free throws. Turnovers were a factor in the game as Teague turned the ball over a total of 27 times.

In picking up its tenth win of the season, Franklin made 10 3-pointers as five different players connected from behind the 3-point line. Teague actually made more two-point buckets (24 to 14) than Franklin but the 3-pointers proved to be the difference in the contest.

Earlier action in the afternoon on Saturday saw Palestine Westwood claim 3rd Place by virtue of a forfeit by Crockett, Grandview edge Wortham 47-41 for 5th Place and West defeat Elkhart 56-34 in the Consolation Finals.

In its first action of the day on Saturday morning, Teague picked up a 55-45 decision over Westwood behind 12 points each from Collins and Abram. The Lady Lions led 17-10 after one quarter and 34-18 at the break. Teague took a 49-30 advantage into the final quarter before Westwood outscored the Lady Lions 15-6 in the period to make it a 10-point margin of victory for Teague.

Others scoring for the Lady Lions in the win were Guerrero (8 points), Watson (6), Busby (5), Scales (5), Nelms (4), Cooper (2) and Crowhurst (1).

Collins had one of her best games of the young season in the win as she connected on two 3-pointers and made 4-of-4 free throws while Guerrero also hit a bomb from downtown.

Other early results from Saturday?s play had Elkhart defeating Groesbeck 45-36, West getting by Mart 48-39, Franklin edging Crockett 73-71, Hubbard knocking off College Station 54-47, Grapeland beating Bremond 49-30, Wortham waylaying Leon 57-41 and Grandview just slipping by Snook 36-34.

In Friday?s action, Teague faced off with an old district rival from the previous four years as they met the Leon Lady Cougars. The Lady Lions, in one of their finest performances of the year thus far, left little doubt as to the outcome of this one as they jumped out to a 19-6 lead after one before roaring to a 48-17 advantage at the half.

Although they slowed a bit over the final two quarters, the Lady Lions still managed to outscore Leon 25-14 over the second half to finish with a 73-31 victory.

Abram, Guerrero and Nelms led the Teague attack as Kyera finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds while Haley scored 13 to go along with 10 steals, seven assists and two rebounds with NiCosha adding 12 points, eight boards, five assists and two blocks.

McWilliams scored eight points followed by Busby (7 points), Watson (6), Scales (6), Crowhurst (2), Burrell (2) and Hurst (1).

Collins had five assists, three steals, five rebounds and a blocked shot while directing the offense with Cooper adding two rebounds in the contest. Teague was 4-of-15 on 3-pointers as McWilliams connected on two with Guerrero and Busby accounting for the other two. As a team, Teague had 39 rebounds and 19 steals while committing 17 turnovers in the fast paced game.

Also on Friday, Franklin defeated Grandview 78-74, Mart beat Bremond 47-35, Groesbeck got by Hubbard 58-50, Westwood nicked Wortham 31-30, Crockett slipped by Snook 48-46, West defeated Grapeland 43-35 and Elkhart beat College Station 51-41.

In the opening day of action on Thursday, Teague opened with a resounding 86-51 win over Elkhart as Nelms torched the nets for 24 points with Abram adding 22 points and four blocked shots and Watson finishing with 10 points.

Others scoring for the Lady Lions were Guerrero and Collins with seven points apiece followed by McWilliams (4 points), Hurst (4), Crowhurst (2), Burrell (2), Busby (2) and Scales (2).

Abram collected 11 rebounds while Watson added eight more with Hurst grabbing five and Guerrero, Nelms and Cooper all having four each. Guerrero had five steals while Watson, Crowhurst, Collins and Watson also had thefts in the contest.

Guerrero dished out seven assists in the game while Nelms and Collins each added five apiece with Watson adding two more. Guerrero and Cooper also blocked shot attempts by Elkhart in the game while Collins had Teague?s only 3-pointer in the game with the Lady Lions attempting just six in the game.

In other first day games on Thursday, Wortham defeated Groesbeck 54-38, Crockett beat West 57-20 while Leon defeated College Station 50-37. Also Grandview beat Mart 61-44, Snook defeated Grapeland 35-21, Westwood dominated Hubbard 63-38 and Franklin blasted Bremond 83-33.

LADY LIONS NOTES: The All-Tournament team included Kyera Abram and Haley Guerrero from Teague, Mi?Kayla Benson (#23) from Westwood, Harley Griffith (#21) from Grandview and Kyla Walker (#3) from Franklin while the MVP was Franklin?s Carrie Mullinnix (#11).

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