LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: McGee, Watts lead Eagles to blowout win at Midland High

MIDLAND — Jalen McGee scored 26 points and Nathan Watts added 20 to power the Abilene High boys basketball team to an 84-31 rout of  Midland High in a District 2-6A matchup Friday.

The Eagles (13-3 overall, 2-1 in district) led 33-21 at halftime, before outscoring the Bulldogs 27-10 in the third quarter and 24-0 in the fourth to pull way for the 53-point win.

AHS hit eight 3-pointers in the win, getting four from McGee and three from Jackson Watts, who also reached double figures with 10 points. Watts had the other trey for the Eagles.

In addition the production those three provided, coach Justin Reese’s team got seven points from D.J. Modest, six from Kelton Jackson and Sami Kanayo and five from Jake Breckenridge.

MHS (2-12, 1-2) was led by Nicholas Smith with 11 points and Jason Robinson with six.

The Eagles, who have won eight of their last nine games, will try to stay hot on Tuesday, when they host San Angelo Central (12-5, 2-1). 

Cooper boys run away from Andrews in nondistrict rout

ANDREWS — The Cooper boys raced out to a 17-0 lead after a quarter and cruised from there to a 58-18 nondistrict win over Andrews on Friday.

Jalen Cherry scored 16 to lead the Cougars, who also saw Jaelyn Rivera reach double figures with 12 points. Colin Reed added nine points, Noah Garcia pitched in with seven and C.J. Jemison contributed six as eight CHS players got into the scoring column.

The Coogs (9-4), who went 10 of 10 from the free-throw line, led 24-6 at halftime, before putting the game away with a 22-6 run through the third quarter.

Andrews (0-13), which was limited to just six field goals, got a team-high six points from Raleigh Clark.

Up next for Cooper is a road trip Tuesday to Lubbock High (2-12).

Abilene High girls’ rally comes up short against MHS

The Abilene High girls came back from a 31-23 deficit to push Midland High down the stretch Friday, but the Lady Eagles couldn’t complete the rally in a 37-34 loss at Eagle Gym.

Leading 16-15 at halftime, the Lady Bulldogs (8-10, 2-3) used a 15-8 run through the third quarter to build some cushion heading into the final period. AHS outscored MHS 11-6 in the fourth, but that wasn’t enough to erase the eight-point deficit.

Trakenya Roberson paced Abilene High with 17 points, but no other AHS players scored more than three.

Midland High was led by Makaya Williams with 10 points and Kobe Powell with eight.

The Lady Eagles, who fell to 3-10 overall and 1-3 in District 2-6A play with the loss, will try to get back on track Saturday when they travel to Midland for a 3 p.m. game against Midland Lee. AHS’ game against San Angelo Central, scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed to Jan. 25.

Monterey races past Cooper girls 55-42

The Cooper girls fell to 0-2 in District 4-5A play Friday with a 55-42 home loss to Lubbock Monterey.

The Lady Plainsmen, who knocked down eight 3-pointers for the game, outscored the Lady Cougars 17-9 in the first quarter and 11-6 in the second to take a comfortable lead into halftime that they would protect the rest of the way.

Cooper, now 8-10 overall, was led in the loss by Kyla Speights with 17 points and Jennika Willis with 12. 

Monterey (2-13, 1-1) was paced by Mia Trevino with 28 points and Jazlynn Vaquera with 18.

The Lady Coogs will try to regroup Tuesday when they go for their first district win at home against Lubbock High.

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