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Basketball: Texans rip Aledo

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, February 7, 2018
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Julien Smith scored a game-high 22 points and the Northwest Texans took down Aledo 81-36.

Smith scored 15 of his 22 in the third quarter and knocked down three 3-pointers.

Sammie Freeman had 18 points. Avery Anderson tossed in 14.

The Texans got off to a hot start, using a 27-point second quarter to take a 43-14 lead at halftime. Northwest never allowed Aledo to get back into the game, outscoring the Bearcats in every quarter.

Northwest improved to 27-5 and 11-0 in District 6-5A. The Texans can clinch the district title with a win Tuesday at Azle.

JACKSBORO 44, BOYD 39

The Jacksboro Tigers put a huge dent in Boyd’s playoff hopes Friday night, edging the Yellowjackets 44-39.

Boyd fell into a hole early, only scoring three points in the first quarter. The Yellowjackets clawed back to tie the game at 18 at halftime.

Blake Rodgers led Boyd in scoring with 15 points while Reuben Rodebaugh had 14.

Jacksboro outscored Boyd 26-21 in the second half to pull away.

The Yellowjackets dropped to 3-8 in District 8-3A play. Boyd took on Holliday Tuesday.

CHICO 51, POOLVILLE 36

Behind a team-high 13 points from senior Jerod Blanks, the Chico Dragons upset Poolville 51-36 Friday.

Chico held the Monarchs scoreless in the second quarter and took a 17-point lead into halftime.

The Dragons hit several clutch free throws down the stretch to put the game away. Chico went 15-of-18 at the line in the fourth quarter, fending off a late rally by Poolville.

“The kids responded to a huge challenge,” said Chico coach Mark Kyle. “Now we need to build on this.”

Kolton Forbus had 12 for the Dragons. Ty Deaton added 10.

MUENSTER 71, ALVORD 39

The defending 2A state champions were too much for Alvord, as Muenster routed the Bulldogs 71-39.

Tanner Baker was the lone Bulldog to finish in double figures. He had 10. Jared Johnson and Hunter Richey each had eight.

The Hornets used a big second half to pull away, outscoring Alvord 41-20 in the final two quarters.

Alvord dropped to 18-10 on the season and 4-3 in District 11-2A. The Bulldogs played Era Tuesday.

SLIDELL 51, PRAIRIE VALLEY 43

The Slidell Greyhounds clinched the 21-A district title Friday with a 51-43 victory over Prairie Valley.

The win also gives Slidell a first-round playoff bye.

“This was a game we needed,” said Slidell coach Casey Pierce. “Facing the adversity will help us in the playoffs.”

The Greyhounds went to their full-court press in the second half to get the lead and hold on for the win. Three Slidell players finished in double figures, led by Jesse Tijerina with 14. Shelby Johnson had 12. Slayton Pruett added 10.

With the win, the Greyhounds remained undefeated in district play. Slidell traveled to Gold-Burg Tuesday.

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