CENTRAL HEIGHTS, TX (KTRE) - For the second-straight year, both Nacogdoches County teams claimed bragging rights in the KTRE Pineywoods Showdown.
The Nacogdoches County girls kicked the night off with a 54-45 win and the Nacogdoches County boys completed the sweep with an 81-75 victory.
With just seven players, the Nacogdoches girls sported headbands given to them by their coach, Lance Butler of Martinsville, and played as a single unit, especially in the second half, in which they outscored Angelina, 38-27.
Down 19-16 at the half, Tatyanna Walker of Nacogdoches scored 16 points, including 10 on free throws, in the second half. She led all scorers with 21 points.
Kaitlyn Revill of Martinsville provided a three-point barrage for Nacogdoches, hitting four from beyond the arc and finishing with 15 points.
The boys game lived up to the all-star hype and put on a real show for the heavily biased home crowd. The game featured several lead changes and Nacogdoches found itself down by double digits on a couple occasions.
But Devious Whitaker of Nacogdoches, Hunter Metteauer of Chireno and Christian Adams of Central Heights were a three-headed monster scoring 17, 16 and 16 points, respectively.
“Our guys battled back,” Head coach Danny Enloe said. “We worked hard. We just had three work outs. They worked hard together. They wanted to play together. It was an enjoyable night and now we get to give money to cancer research.”
Kevonte Hurts of Lufkin had a monstrous night for Angelina, scoring 27 points along with six three-pointers.
Glory gang Ministries and the American Cancer Society will benefit the most as charities chosen by the winning teams.
“I think it is phenomenal,” Enloe said. “I think when you look at the attendance we had that lets you know you are doing it right. It give back to the community and both communities come out and support it. Whether we are in Nacogdoches or Angelina County.”