LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: Cooper girls pick up 20th win, AHS boys improve to 5-0 in 3-6A

WICHITA FALLS — The Cooper girls basketball team improved to 2-1 in District 4-5A play Friday and picked up its 20th win of the season in the process, routing Wichita Falls High 74-20. 

The game was well in hand after a quarter as the Lady Coogs raced out to a 22-3 lead eight minutes in and increased that to 39-12 by halftime before cruising in the second half to a comfortable win.

Four Cooper players scored in double figures, led by Kaleigha Kemp with 15 points. Dazz Larkins added 14, followed by Kyla Speights with 12 and Meri Tetaj with 10. 

Jennika Willis and Keiana Kemp also had productive games, pitching in eight and six points, respectively.

Now 20-8 overall, Cooper has doubled last season’s win total with five district games remaining. The Lady Coogs will close out the first half of 4-5A play on Tuesday when they host No. 11 Wichita Falls Rider (23-1, 2-0) for a 6:15 p.m. tipoff.

Abilene High boys continue streak at Weatherford

WEATHERFORD — The Abilene High boys continued their hot start to District 3-6A play, improving to 5-0 in league action with a 69-27 victory over Weatherford on Friday.

The Eagles (18-8 overall) led 16-5 after the first quarter and outscored the Kangaroos 35-15 over the middle two periods to take a commanding lead into the fourth.

Jalen McGee led all scorers with 20 points, hitting six of the Eagles’ 14 3-pointers in the victory. Pooh Johnson added 13 points off the bench, while Jackson Stevens scored eight and Nathan Watts pitched in with seven.

In all, nine players scored for coach Justin Reese’s Eagles, who limited Weatherford to eight points or fewer in each of the four quarters.

AHS will try to keep its roll going Tuesday when it hosts Euless Trinity to close out the first half of district play. The Eagles will then enjoy their open date on Friday.

WFHS rallies past Cooper boys in 4-5A opener

WICHITA FALLS — The Cooper boys opened District 4-5A play in difficult fashion Friday, getting outscored 17-10 in the fourth quarter of a 53-52 loss to Wichita Falls High.

The Cougars (8-15, 0-1) led at the end of each of the first three quarters, increasing a 30-26 halftime lead to 42-36 heading into the final quarter, before falling victim to the Coyotes’ late comeback.

The loss was Cooper’s fourth in its past six games, with each of those coming by four points or fewer. It was the Coogs’ ninth single-digit loss of the season.

Guard Josh Henry continued his strong senior campaign Friday night, scoring 21 points to lead Cooper, followed by Ashton Curtis with nine points and Kaden Davis with seven.

The Coyotes (5-17, 1-0) were paced by Trey Fenoglio with 20 points and Gaige Wright with 14.

Up next for the Coogs is a tough home game against Wichita Falls Rider (21-4). That matchup is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cougar Gym.

Abilene High girls can’t keep up with Weatherford

WEATHERFORD — The Weatherford girls were too much for Abilene High on Friday, using a 22-5 run through the second quarter to build a 22-point halftime lead on their way to a 60-35 victory.

AHS (12-16 overall) fell to 1-5 in District 3-6A play with the loss, which wrapped up the first round of league action for the Lady Eagles.

Syncere Reed was the only Abilene High player to score in double figures, finishing with 10, while Trakenya (KK) Roberson and Justine Martinez each scored eight.

Weatherford (11-11, 2-4) got a game-high 28 points from Hannah Kness.

The Lady Eagles will get back on the court Tuesday when they host Trinity for a 6 p.m. game at Eagle Gym. The Lady Trojans downed AHS 47-37 in the teams’ first meeting Dec. 17 in Euless.

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