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Lady Lions Slam Riesel, 57-29

After shaking off some early sluggishness in the first quarter, the 15th ranked Teague Lady Lions came to life over the final three periods to pummel the Riesel Lady Indians by a 57-29 count to finish the first half of District 23-2A action with an unblemished 6-0 loop record.

In the confines of Riesel?s new gymnasium on Friday, January 8, Teague was led by its top two scorers this season, seniors Kyera Abram and Haley Guerrero, who contributed 15 points and 13 points respectively to lead the Lady Lions to their latest victory.

Although Teague finished the first half on top of the 23-2A standings, the Lady Lions have just a one game lead over Buffalo, which sports a 5-1 district slate followed by Mildred (4-2), Marlin (3-3), Blooming Grove (2-4), Riesel (1-5) and Rice (0-6).

In last Friday?s matchup at Riesel, Teague found itself trailing 6-5 in the early going before a timeout by Coach Taylor Sims at the 4:41 mark of the opening period. The Lady Lions responded with an 8-4 run fueled by NiCosha Nelms? three buckets to end the quarter with a 13-10 advantage.

Teague turned up the defensive pressure in the second quarter to outscore its hosts by an 18-7 margin as Guerrero had eight points in the period to pace the Lady Lions who went to the locker room with a 31-17 lead.

The third quarter was evenly matched with Teague scoring 10 points to Riesel?s eight to maintain a double digit lead at 41-25 entering the final eight minutes of play.

While emptying its bench, Teague completely dominated the final quarter of play by scoring 18 points while limiting the Lady Indians to just two buckets. Danielle McWilliams and Caitlyn Collins both scored five points in the period including each nailing 3-pointers for the Lady Lions as Teague rolled to the 57-29 win on the road.

From the field, Teague struggled from behind the arc as it managed but a 3-of-23 effort but was 21-of-44 (48%) from closer range. The Lady Lions were 6-of-11 from the free throw line and turned the ball over just 10 times, its second lowest total of the season just behind the nine turnovers they committed at Rice on December 14.

Although Abram and Guerrero were the only Teague players in double figures, six other Lady Lions scored paced by Nelms and Collins with seven points each. Other scoring for Teague were Alie Watson (6 points), McWilliams (5), Abbey Hurst (2) and Sibyl Burrell (2).

Besides scoring 13 points, Guerrero also pulled down eight rebounds while Nelms and Abram each added seven more with Collins collecting five caroms. Others credited with rebounds in the contest for Teague were Kali Crowhurst, Kirby Cooper, Watson, Burrell and Busby.

On the defensive front, Guerrero picked up eight steals in the game while Crowhurst, Nelms, Collins, Watson, Hurst and Abram also all had thefts for Teague. Collins, Watson and Abram all blocked Riesel shot attempts in the game.

Collins directed the Teague offensive attack by dishing out nine assists while Nelms had four more and Watson, Hurst and Abram also picked up assists for the Lady Lions.

LADY LION NOTES: Through the first half of district play, Abram and Nelms are averaging a double-double per game for the entire season with Abram scoring 15.8 per game while claiming 11.7 rebounds and Nelms adding 10.5 points and 11.0 boards per contest.

Guerrero is actually the team?s second leading scorer behind Abram as she is averaging 12.2 points per game and 4.5 steals per outing. Collins and Watson round out Teague?s top five scorers as they are each averaging 7.1 points per game with Collins also dishing out an average of 4.5 assists per contest.

Teague was slated to travel to Buffalo on Tuesday, January 15 to open the second half of district play with a contest against the second place Lady Bison. The Lady Lions then continue 23-2A action by hosting Rice on Friday, January 18.

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