LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: Wylie boys, girls sweep Central on home floor

The Wylie girls basketball team used a strong first half to build a comfortable lead and held on through some offensive struggles in the second to secure a 28-22 win over San Angelo Central on Tuesday at Bulldog Gym.

The Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Cats 12-5 in the first quarter and 11-8 in the second to take a 10-point lead into halftime before going cold late. Wylie scored just three points in the third quarter and two in the fourth but did enough on the defensive end to improve to 8-6 with the win.

Offensively, the Lady Bulldogs were led by Kenyah Maroney with eight points, while Makinlee Bacon added six and four other WHS players finished with four points.

Maddie Foley and Vanesa Zeka each scored six to share the scoring lead for Central, which fell to 3-7 on the season.

The Lady Bulldogs will return to the court Friday when they hit the road for a nondistrict game against Class 3A No. 9 Wall.

Wylie boys run away from San Angelo Central at home

The Wylie boys outscored San Angelo Central in all four quarters Tuesday on their way to a 67-38 home win over the Bobcats.

The Bulldogs (4-5) used a 13-9 first quarter to gain an early advantage and increased their lead to 31-18 by halftime and 45-27 by the start of the fourth quarter.

Senior guard Payton Brooks led the effort for Wylie, scoring a game-high 20 points, while posts Dante Cano and Avery Brekke pitched in with nine and seven points, respectively.

Up next for the Bulldogs is their annual Catclaw Classic boys basketball tournament Thursday through Saturday at Bulldog Gym. WHS will kick off that event with a 7:30 p.m. game Thursday against Bullard Brook Hill.

Strong second half fuels Cooper girls to win

MIDLAND — Keiana Kemp scored 14 points and Dazz Larkins pitched in with 10 to lead the Cooper girls to a 47-42 road win over Midland High on Tuesday.

The Lady Cougars, now 7-5 on the season, rallied from a 22-20 halftime deficit with a 13-7 run through the third quarter, which put CHS up four heading into the fourth. A strong final eight minutes allowed coach Arsenio Geter’s team to get out of Midland with the win.

In addition to what they got from Kemp and Larkins, the Lady Coogs received six points apiece from Kaleigha Kemp and Jennika Willis and four points from Kyla Speights.

Midland High was led by Lauren Jones with 10 points.

Cooper’s next game will come at the Sonora tournament, where they’ll take on Iraan at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Cougars rally for four-point win at Midland Lee

MIDLAND — Trailing 48-46 heading into the fourth quarter, the Cooper boys outscored Midland Lee 15-9 over the final eight minutes to earn a 61-57 win Tuesday in a nondistrict road game.

After a 12-8 run through the first quarter, the Cougars were outscored 20-15 in the second and 20-19 in the third. But a strong fourth period, fueled by Noah Garcia’s eight-point quarter, propelled coach Bryan Conover’s team to the victory.

Cooper (2-7) was led by Josh Henry with 21 points, while Garcia (18 points) and Kaden Davis (13) also reached double figures. Henry had four of the Coogs’ six made 3-pointers, while Garcia and sophomore Colin Reed also hit treys.

Shemar Davis, who paced Lee (1-7) with 20 points, was the only Rebel player to score in double digits.

The Cougars will return to action at the Catclaw Classic, starting on Thursday with a 12:30 p.m. game against Seminole. They follow that with a 5:45 p.m. matchup with Canyon later in the evening.

Odessa High too much for Abilene High girls

ODESSA — The Abilene High girls were outscored 18-11 in the first quarter and 20-4 in the second Tuesday in a 69-30 loss at Odessa High.

The Lady Eagles finished with just 11 field goals, getting four of those from Trakenya Roberson, who hit two 3-pointers on her way to 10 points. Destiny Potts added eight points and Kelly Boyland contributed six for AHS, which fell to 7-8 with the loss.

OHS (8-6) was led in the victory by Deoshanay Henderson’s 16 points, while Nesha Stephens and Amber Escontrias each scored 15.

The Lady Eagles will try to regroup Friday when they host Jim Ned for a 6 p.m. nondistrict game.

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