The Palestine boys’ basketball team built up a 12-point halftime lead and never looked back Friday, opening up play in District 19-3A with a 58-50 win on the road against Groesbeck.
The Wildcats led 30-18 at halftime and then 47-31 after three quarters, withstanding a small Groesbeck rally in the fourth.
Shumauri Scott had 16 points to lead Palestine in scoring, while Tony Butler joined him in double-figures with 13.
Sheldon Watson had eight in the victory, while both Marquis Clark and Dakedrick McMorris had seven.
Palestine (8-12, 1-0) hosts Mexia today in district action. Games begin at 5 p.m.
WESTWOOD 57, Garrison 33
After giving up 15 points in the first quarter, the Westwood boys’ basketball team gave up only 18 in the final three frames of a 57-33 rout of Garrison in Garrison Friday.
In the final three quarters, the 17th-ranked Panthers outscored Garrison 38-18 after leading 19-15 after the first.
L.J. Hutchison had 15 to lead Westwood in the victory, which puts the Panthers one win away from completing the first round of district play unbeaten.
Dra Ross added 13 while Jacobee Newton had nine and J.J. Turner eight in the win for Westwood.
The Panthers (15-7, 5-0) host Woden Friday to wrap-up the first round. Games begin at 5 p.m.
H.S. GIRLS BASKETBALL
WESTWOOD 46, Garrison 19
The Westwood girls’ basketball team got 14 points from Marialle Boles and 13 more from Mi’Kayla Benson as the Lady Panthers snapped a two-game skid with a 46-19 win over Garrison Friday.
The win moves Westwood back to .500 in district play and puts them squarely back into the hunt for one of the District 19-2A’s three playoff spots halfway through the district schedule.
Benson added a team-high nine rebounds to her 13 points, while Boles pulled down four rebounds of her own.
Brittany Smith had six points and four rebounds in the win, while Shavon Nauls added five points and Alexis Hatten had eight rebounds.
Natali Muniz played well on the perimeter for Westwood, handing out six assists and tallying five steals.
Westwood (12-13, 3-3) returns to action Friday when the Lady Panthers host Woden to begin the second-leg of district play. Westwood lost its district opener in Woden, 46-38, and the Lady Panthers trail Woden by one game for third-place in the district.
Games begin at 5 p.m.
Groesbeck 57, PALESTINE 55
Despite big scoring nights from Dana Whitehead and Paradyse Page, Groesbeck proved to be too much down-low for the Palestine girls’ basketball team.
The Lady Goats topped visiting Palestine 57-55 Friday, dropping the Ladycats back to .500 in district play.
Whitehead led Palestine with 23 points in the loss, while Page added 17 for the Ladycats who, according to coach Joseph Baker, were simply outplayed down low in the game.
Palestine will look to get back to its winning ways today, but it won’t be easy. The Ladycats welcome sixth-ranked Mexia to town, with games beginning at 5 p.m.