LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches County girls continued their winning streak and the Angelina County boys re-gained the trophy in the seventh annual KTRE Pineywoods Showdown Monday night.
The Nacogdoches County girls won what started as a slow game with the score knotted at 4 after the first quarter. But Nacogdoches took a 20-15 lead into the half. Angelina then led 28-26 in the third. The Nacogdoches coach, Paul Driver of Woden, used a full-court press to start the fourth and outscored Angelina 18-12 in that quarter to take the 44-40 win.
Driver found himself as the coach of the game Monday morning, after the original coach, Kim Cox of Garrison, had to back out due to a softball commitment. Driver volunteered to take her place.
Chelsea Barnes of Woden led her team with 13 points. Other scorers for Nacogdoches were Emily Wright of Central Heights with 11, Nicole Muse of Woden with 8, Camary Wright of Nacogdoches with 5, Terra Cramer of Chireno with 3 Bailey Fountain of Central Heights with 3 and KiAundra Hayter of Garrison with 1.
Keke Jones of Lufkin led her team with 12 points. Other scorers for Angelina were Adriana Mosley of Hudson with 8, Sasha Reppond of Huntington with 8, Brittany Taylor of Lufkin with 7, and Wyatt of Lufkin and Kaitlyn Hawley of Zavalla with 2 each.
"It feels good," Barnes said. "I was nervous not meeting everybody like they hadn't met the other two Nacogdoches girls so the first time to meet them was actually today at the game so that was kind of nervous but we pulled it off. We worked hard."
In the boys game, Angelina led 18-16 at the half, 39-33 at the half and 58-47 going into the fourth quarter. The Nacogdoches team also used a full-court press to tie the game late. But Angelina pulled away in the end for a 70-66 win.
Collin Craft of Hudson led his team with 15 points. Other scorers for Angelina were Trey Brooks of Lufkin with 11, Luke Collins of Pineywoods Academy with 9, Dakota West of Hudson and Patrick Johnson of Diboll with 8, Worth Gabriel of Lufkin with 6, Brent Loggins of Huntington with 5, Reed Glass of Hudson with 5 and Gary Hargrove of Lufkin with 3.
"It feels great," West said. "Bringing it back to the better county. We slipped up last year but we brought it back so it feels good. We've played some of them in the preseason and in district. It was good matching up with them and beating them."
De'Quan Batiste of Nacogdoches led all scorers with 17 points. Other scorers on the team were Hunter Whitehead of Woden with 12, Zach Street of Central Heights with 11, Trenton Carrigan of Douglass and DeRodney Thomas of Cushing with 7 apiece, Joel Badders of Central Heights and Harrison Perkins of Central Heights with 4 apiece, Collin McGinnis of Cushing with 3 and Levi Enloe of Martinsville and Erich Driver of Martinsville with 1 apiece.