Lady Lions improve to 4-0 in District action

MILDRED ? The Teague Lady Lions continued their recent successes on the hardwood with two more wins in as many outings as they picked up a key road win at Mildred with a 67-51 victory over the Lady Eagles after defeating Blooming Grove 80-28 at home earlier in the week.

The victory over Mildred (11-4, 2-1) kept Teague (14-3, 4-0) alone atop the District 23-2A standings going into the Christmas break and broke a three-game losing streak to the Lady Eagles that stretched back to the 2010-11 season.

In the win at Mildred on Friday, December 21, the Lady Lions, ranked #16 in the latest Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll and #19 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association poll, trailed just once in the entire contest, that being at 6-5 early in the opening period. Teague then scored the game?s next 10 points to go up 15-6 before finishing the quarter with a 21-15 advantage behind nine points from Kyera Abram, six from NiCosha Nelms and five more from Haley Guerrero.

Alie Watson sparked the Teague attack in the second quarter with seven points while Guerrero and Nelms added four apiece as the Lady Lions went to the break with a 38-30 lead.

The Lady Lions continued to control the pace of the game in the second half with seven different players scoring in the third period as Teague led 54-40 going into the final eight minutes.

With 5:01 remaining, Teague led 61-44 before a Mildred surge cut its deficit to 61-50 prompting a timeout by Coach Taylor Sims after which the Lady Lions closed out the game with a 6-1 run to pull away for the 67-51 victory.

Abram finished with 16 points to lead Teague followed by Guerrero with 14 points and Nelms and Watson with 12 each. Others scoring for the Lady Lions were Caitlyn Collins (8 points), Kali Crowhurst (2), Kenya Busby (2) and Danielle McWilliams (1).

On the boards, Abram and Nelms each pulled down 12 rebounds while Collins had four with Watson and Busby each grabbing three apiece while Crowhurst, Guerrero and McWilliams also had rebounds in the contest.

Collins dished out 11 assists to pace the Teague offense while Guerrero and Nelms each had three with Watson and Abram also handing out assists for Teague.

Nelms had the only blocked shot for the Lady Lions in the game while Guerrero collected five steals with Nelms (4 thefts), Collins (2), Watson (2) and Abram also picking up steals in the game.

From the field, Teague shot 40% overall which included 22-of-52 (42%) from inside the arc and 5-of-15 (33%) from behind the 3-point line with Guerrero connecting three times from long distance and Watson adding two more.

The Lady Lions were but 8-of-23 (35%) from the free throw line but did a fairly good job of taking care of the ball against Mildred?s half court trap which resulted in 15 Teague turnovers.

Mildred?s Olivia Farmer (#15) led all scorers in the game with 18 points but only had four in the second half while #4 Savannah Pritchett added 10 points followed by #22 Raeleigh Bottoms (9 points), #11 Shelby Adamson (6), #13 Maddie Moore (5) and #12 Briana Weaver (3).

Earlier in the week, Teague hosted Blooming Grove on Tuesday, December 18 and blistered their 23-2A foes with an 80-28 win behind 21 points apiece from Guerrero and Abram.

Teague led 15-4 after one quarter with Watson scoring six points in the opening stanza. The Lady Lions pushed the advantage to 40-13 at halftime as Abram poured in nine points followed by Guerrero?s eight and six more from Nelms.

With the Lady Lions once again substituting liberally throughout the second half, Teague continued to dominate play in the third and fourth quarters by scoring 22 points in the third before finishing with 18 in the final period to roll to the decisive 80-28 win.

Overall, Teague was 30-of-82 (37%) from the field and 6-of-18 (33%) from behind the 3-point line with Guerrero nailing three from downtown while McWilliams, Watson and Sibyl Burrell also all connected from behind the arc.

The Lady Lions were 14-of-24 (58%) from the charity stripe and turned the ball over 12 times in the game.

Besides the 21 points from Guerrero and Abram, Nelms added 11 points followed by Watson (9 points), Burrell (7), McWilliams (5), Collins (4) and Busby (2).

Watson and Busby each had five steals to lead the defensive effort while Nelms and McWilliams had four apiece with Guerrero, Collins and Abram also picking up thefts in the win.

Nelms, Collins and Abram all blocked two shots each with Busby adding a seventh for the team. Collins had nine assists in the victory with Guerrero and Watson each handing out four more while Nelms, McWilliams and Busby were also credited with assists in the game.

Abram led Teague on the boards while pulling down 12 rebounds with Nelms adding eight more and Guerrero grabbing four. Others with rebounds in the contest for the Lady Lions were McWilliams, Kirby Cooper, Collins, Watson, Abbey Hurst and Burrell. The other member of the varsity squad, Kali Crowhurst, missed the game due to illness.

LADY LION NOTES: After taking an extended break due to the Christmas holidays, the Lady Lions were slated to return to action when they will play in the Annual Corsicana Kiwanis Classic Tournament held at Navarro College December 27-29. Teague was scheduled to play Hubbard in the first round at 3:00 pm on Thursday, December 27.

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