GAME STORY: Ballinger sweeps Brady in District 4-3A play

BALLINGER — The Ballinger basketball teams had no issues in sweeping Brady on Tuesday night at Joe A. Forester Gymnasium.

The Lady Bearcats came away with a 60-28 win to remain tied for the district lead with Wall, while the boys team jumped out to a fast start and never looked back on its way to a 56-30 win.

On the boys side, the Bearcats saw Kenjrik Manley, Ryan Elliott and Adrian Anene all score in double digits as they improved to 17-5 on the year and 2-0 in District 4-3A.

Manley finished with a game-high 19 points, while Elliott and Anene added 12 and 10 points, respectively.

“That definitely makes you happy,” Ballinger coach Jamal Anene said of the balanced scoring. “It lets you know that as a team we are doing a lot of things well together and sharing the ball. A lot of our offense is generated from our defensive effort.”

The trio scored all 20 of Ballinger’s points in the first quarter as the Bearcats used a game-opening 18-2 run to seize control. Delgado and Elliott hit four 3-pointers in the opening quarter.

“Our guys do a great job usually of starting games,” Anene said. “Our key, though, to maintaining this is being able to play four full quarters and being consistent there.”

The fast start was something Anene had hoped to see.

“Our team was very focused from the jump considering that it’s district,” Anene said. “The way that our goals have been, they have been geared towards district. Now that it’s here, they kind of realize all the growth that we have done through tournaments and things like that, they’ve built a defensive identity and I think that’s what we are seeing right now.”

Bryce Davis led Brady (9-6, 0-1) with 12 points in the loss, while Anthony Cook added eight points. Davis did most of his damage in the second half.

After Brady trimmed the lead to 13 points entering the second quarter, Ballinger stiffened up on defense and outscored the Bulldogs 15-6 over each of the next two quarters to build an insurmountable lead.

Trailing 50-19 entering the fourth quarter, Brady closed the gap to 22 points with a 9-0 run to start the quarter, but the Bearcats defense stiffened once again and allowed one basket the rest of the way.

“It got stagnant there for a while because we weren’t getting defensive stops,” Anene said. “When we finally got a stop, we scored. I think it’s all in our defense, and after a while, offensive rhythm comes with it.”

Ballinger girls dominate Brady

Ballinger’s Emma Toliver and Brady’s Nina DeLafuente traded 3-pointers early in the first quarter to open the scoring, but after that it was all Lady Bearcats.

Toliver had nine of her game-high 26 points in the first quarter as Ballinger scored the final 12 points in the first quarter to take a 12-point lead.

The Lady ‘Cats then shut down the Lady Bulldogs in the second quarter to take a 25-6 lead into the locker room.

As hot as Toliver was in the first half, Jenna Battle was equally so in the third quarter. The sophomore hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished the quarter with eight of her 10 points.

Toliver picked up the pace in the fourth quarter with an additional eight points as Ballinger improved to 14-10 this year and 4-0 in district. The win allowed Ballinger to keep pace with Wall for the district lead.

Brady, meanwhile, fell to 7-17 overall and 1-2 in league play.




  1st 2nd 3rd 4th   Final
Brady 7 6 6 11 30
Ballinger 20 15 15 6 56

Brady (9-6, 0-1) — Anthony Cook 3 1-2 8, Kason Baronet 1 1-2 3, Gonzalo Morales 1 2-4 5, Parker Linnard 1 0-0 2, Colby Robers 0 0-2 0, Bryce Davis 6 0-0 12. Totals 12 4-10 30.

Ballinger (17-5, 2-0) — Kenjrik Manley 1 1-2 3, Jonathan Delgado 7 0-0 19, Dylan Hostetter 1 0-0 2, Ryan Elliott 4 2-2 12, Garrett Dixon 2 0-0 4, Ian Gressett 1 0-0 2, Adrian Anene 4 2-4 10, DJ Cavazos 2 0-0 4. Totals 22 5-8 56.

3-Point Goals — Brady 2 (Cook, Morales); Ballinger 7 (Delgado 5, Elliott 2). Fouled Out — None. Technical Fouls —None. Total Fouls — Brady 10; Ballinger 14.




  1st 2nd 3rd 4th   Final
Brady 3 3 13 9 28
Ballinger 15 10 14 21 60

Brady (7-17, 1-2) — Lacey Cox 1 2-4 5, Katie McAnelly 0 2-2 2, Nina DeLafuente 2 0-0 6, Abigail Torrez 1 2-2 4, Analysia Fuentes 1 0-0 3, Dalli Miller 2 4-5 9. Totals 7 10-13 28.

Ballinger (14-10, 4-0) — Rosemary Delgado 1 0-0 3, Addison Martin 2 0-0 4, Jewel Klaras 1 1-2 3, Emma Toliver 9 6-7 26, Cynthia Camarillo 1 4-5 6, Sarah Booher 1 0-0 2, Jenna Battle 4 0-0 10, Emily West 2 2-4 6. Totals 21 13-18 60.

3-Point Goals — Brady 4 (DeLafuente 2, Cox, Fuentes); Ballinger 0 (Toliver 2, Battle 2, Delgado). Fouled Out — None. Technical Fouls — None. Total Fouls — Brady 14; Ballinger 17.

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