Basketball: Northwest clinches district title

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, February 10, 2018
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The Northwest Texans throttled Azle 71-32 to claim their second consecutive District 6-5A title.

Avery Anderson led Northwest with nine points. Ten different Northwest players scored in the victory.

Northwest jumped on Azle from the opening tipoff, scoring 47 first-half points.

The Texans remained undefeated in district play with the victory. Northwest has also won 10 straight games and is now 26-5 overall on the season.


Decatur held Gainesville to 12 first-half points as the Eagles won their second straight over the Leopards 48-30.

Grayson Harris was Decatur’s leading scorer with 11 points while Wilson Hicks had 10.

The Eagles led 24-12 at halftime and continued to buckle down defensively in the second half.

No Gainesville player finished in double figures, as the Leopards struggled to get anything going offensively.

Decatur improved to 5-3 in District 9-4A with the victory. If the Eagles win their remaining two games and Krum loses to Argyle, Decatur would tie the Bobcats for second place in district.


Holliday eliminated Boyd from playoff contention Tuesday with a 65-44 win over the Yellowjackets.

Boyd only trailed 30-22 at halftime but was outscored 35-22 in the second half. Nick Taylor and Reuben Rodebaugh led the Yellowjackets in scoring with 12 points each. Garrett McConnell chipped in six.

Boyd dropped to 3-9 in District 8-3A play. The Yellowjackets traveled to Bowie Friday.

SHUT OUT – Paradise’s Martin Crawford rejects a Jacksboro shot. The Panthers held the Tigers scoreless in the fourth quarter. Messenger photo by Joe Duty


The Paradise Panthers held Jacksboro scoreless in the fourth quarter, cruising to a 62-37 victory.

Danny Richardson led Paradise in scoring with 22 points, hitting four 3-pointers.

Only a nine-point game at halftime, the Panthers outscored the Tigers 31-15 in the second half. Morgan Wilmoth finished with 10 points for the Panthers.

Paradise moved to 3-9 in District 8-3A. The Panthers hosted Nocona Friday.


The Chico Dragons clinched a playoff berth with a 52-48 victory over Perrin.

Jerod Blanks led all scorers with 18 points. Kolton Forbus was the only other Chico player to finish in double figures with 10.

The Dragons fended off a late rally by Perrin, as the Pirates tried to make things interesting in the fourth quarter. Chico had an answer for every Perrin run, as the Dragons came out on top.

Chico improved to 4-4 in District 21-A with the win. The Dragons hosted Muenster Friday.


Jayton Malone scored a game-high 18 points and the Alvord Bulldogs clinched a playoff berth with a 64-49 victory over Era. Malone knocked down four 3-pointers.

The Bulldogs had 10 different players score in the win, and used a 20-point fourth quarter to pull away. Tanner Baker added 16 points.

Alvord and Poolville are both tied at 5-3 in District 11-2A play and square off in the regular season finale next Tuesday.

The Bulldogs took on Perrin Friday. If Alvord wins its two remaining games, they will tie Poolville for second place in District 11-2A.


Slidell kept its winning streak and unblemished district record alive with a 51-46 overtime victory over Gold-Burg.

The Greyhounds held the Bears scoreless in the extra frame to earn the win.

“We were bad in every phase of the game,” said Slidell coach Casey Pierce. “They played with more desperation than we did from start to finish. We have a lot of work to do before playoffs start.”

The Greyhounds overcame a slow start, as Gold-Burg took a 12-4 lead into the second quarter. Slidell tied things up at halftime and took a small lead into the fourth quarter. The Bears mounted another rally, outscoring Slidell 20-15 in the final frame to force overtime.

Three Slidell players finished in double figures, led by Hunter Horner with 13. Layton Shelton added 12 and Shelby Johnson had 11.

The Greyhounds improved to 23-6 overall and 12-0 in District 21-A. Slidell traveled to Saint Jo Friday.

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