Month: December 2020

LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: Abilene High girls rout Mineral Wells for second straight win

The Abilene High girls basketball team won its second game in as many days Wednesday, following Tuesday’s 54-33 win over Odessa Permian in its District 2-6A opener with a 73-23 nondistrict win over Mineral Wells.

The Lady Eagles, now 3-7 overall, held the Lady Rams to single digits in each of the first three quarters Wednesday, building a 24-5 first-quarter lead that they would stretch to 45-14 by halftime and 60-19 by the start of the final period.

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LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: AHS boys finish strong in 22-point win over W.F. Rider

WICHITA FALLS — The Abilene High boys basketball team rallied from a first-quarter deficit to rout Wichita Falls Rider 64-42 on Monday, outscoring the Raiders 37-19 over the final two quarters to turn a four-point game at halftime into a rout.

The Eagles, who improved to 11-2 with the win, trailed 12-11 after a quarter before taking the lead for good with a 16-11 run through the second. Leading 27-23 at half, AHS took control quickly out of the break, outscoring Rider 18-8 in the third quarter before closing out the victory with another big period in the fourth.

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GAME STORY: Cooper boys use balanced effort to overwhelm Big Spring in 71-44 win

The Cooper boys basketball team rode fast starts to each half to a comfortable win over Big Spring on Monday, outscoring the Steers 18-7 in the first quarter and 25-12 in the third on its way to a 71-44 win at Cougar Gym.

Jalen Cherry scored a game-high 16 points to lead a group of four Cougars to reach double figures scoring, and CHS stifled Big Spring’s usually potent offense to improve to 7-4 on the year.

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GAME STORY: Wylie girls start fast, overcome third-quarter swoon to pull away from Plainview

A big first half for senior Makinlee Bacon staked the Wylie girls basketball team to a double-digit halftime lead, and the Lady Bulldogs withstood a big third quarter rally by Plainview to earn a 53-45 home win Monday in their first game out of the Christmas break.

Bacon hit five 3-pointers during a 15-point first half, fueling Wylie to a 28-12 halftime advantage. But Plainview scored the first 13 points of the third quarter to turn that 12-point deficit into a one-point lead just four minutes into the second half.

From there, though, coach Amy Powell’s squad was able to regroup, pulling back ahead by 10 (41-31) heading into the final quarter and cruising from there to the victory.

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GAME STORY: Shorthanded Eagles fall to Denton Guyer in regional semis

ARLINGTON — Playing after Christmas for the first time in school history, the Abilene High football team saw its season come to an end with a 38-21 loss to Denton Guyer in a Region I-6A Division II semifinal Saturday afternoon at Globe Life Park.

The Eagles were without starting quarterback Abel Ramirez, who was sidelined due to a concussion suffered last week, and turned to receiver Jeshari Houston to direct the offense.

AHS saw its deepest playoff run since 2016 come to an end with the loss and finishes the delayed season at 6-5.

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FEATURE: Abilene High seniors bring calm to stormy season, fuel team’s turnaround

Few teams in the state of Texas have faced the adversity the Abilene High Eagles have this season.

In addition to the COVID pandemic, which has impacted every program in one way or another, the Eagles had to watch their head coach, Mike Fullen, be diagnosed with colon cancer in August, miss the start of the season as a result, and undergo semiweekly chemotherapy treatments once he returned to the team in mid-October.

Add in a 1-4 start against a loaded early-season schedule, and it would have been understandable if an AHS squad that was short on experience to begin with had ended its fourth consecutive season without a playoff berth. 

With the Eagles now sitting at 6-4, following a five-game winning streak that has them preparing for a Region I-6A Division II semifinal matchup with Denton Guyer on Saturday, that’s obviously not how things played out. And while there are a number of factors to which that turnaround can be attributed, Fullen himself cites the steady leadership of his 36 seniors as one of the most important. 

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