NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The night belonged to Nacogdoches in the 10th annual KTRE Pineywoods Showdown.
Both teams in blue were able to pickup victories in the charity event. The Nacogdoches County girls have snapped a two-game losing streak in the KTRE Pineywoods Showdown following a 54-41 win over Angelina County. The girls got out to a hot 14-2 start and never looked back.
With the win, proceeds from the gate will go to the American Cancer Society, the charity chosen by the team's coach, Lance Taylor of Woden. Taylor chose the charity after his mom was diagnosed with cancer just weeks before the rosters were reveled.
"It was great to get the win for the county," Taylor said. "Ever since my mother was diagnosed it has really hit home and I was proud that we could come out with a win and help the charity out. Maybe they can use the money for good research and maybe sooner or later a cure."
Since the announcement was made, the team rallied around Taylor. Taylor's player in Woden Britney Thompson had a grandfather die from cancer and was on the all-star team.
"This was important because at least for me I was playing for someone close to me. Without the team members we couldn't have done it."
On the the boys side it was a first time win for Woden's Chase Phillips who led Nacogdoches to their third win overall and their second straight win in the series. The all-time series is now 7-3
Nacogdoches took a 40-27 lead into the half. Angelina head Coach JT McManus must have gave a good halftime speech because the team came out hot and brought the game to 45-42. From that point on the game was close. With just over three minutes left it was a one point game. Nacogdoches was able to pull away again and finished the game 79-71.
"I feel good," Phillips said. "We went out and executed what we wanted to do. We knew we had to slow it down. We have some guys that know how to handle the basketball and their pressure didn't hurt us that much and we scored whenever we w anted to."
The team will be giving their proceeds to Love Inc. of Nacogdoches County.
"This means a lot," Jacob Street said. "We win and know we get to support them. I think we shot it better than they did. They tried to run it down the court fast and it just didn't work for them."
The Nacogdoches County All-Stars will have bragging rights until next year when the 11th annual event will be back down in Angelina County.