LUBBOCK — Led by forward Jaelyn Rivera, who dropped a career-high 28 points on Tuesday, the Cooper boys basketball team opened District 4-5A play with a 63-51 over Lubbock High, improving to 14-7 with the victory.
Rivera accounted for 12 of the Cougars’ 25 field goals and went 4 of 5 from the free-throw line to lead a list of three Cooper players in double figures. Jalen Cherry hit four 3-pointers on his way to 16 points while Colin Reed finished with 10.
Cooper got off to a solid start, taking a 14-11 lead after a quarter and held serve in the second period to take a 30-27 lead into halftime.
The Cougars then took control out of the halftime break, outscoring the Westerners 19-8 over the third quarter to build a double-digit lead heading into the fourth.
Lubbock High, which fell to 11-12 overall and 0-1 in district play with the loss, was led in scoring by Braeden Gibbs with 17 points, Chris Morales with 15 and Nate Garcia with 13.
Now riding a four-game winning streak, the Coogs will return to the court on Tuesday, when they host Lubbock Coronado at 7:30 p.m.
Wylie boys top Lubbock Cooper to open district play with win
WOODROW — The Wylie boys joined their crosstown rivals at 1-0 in the District 4-5A standings, outscoring Lubbock Cooper 17-11 in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 53-44 win on Tuesday.
Leading 11-10 after a quarter, the Bulldogs used a 13-8 run through the second quarter to take a 24-18 lead into halftime.
Cooper rallied to pull within three heading into the final period, but Wylie took control over the final eight minutes to secure the victory.
Wylie, which improved to 13-11 with its fifth straight victory, was led by post Avery Brekke and wing Mark Fakhoury, who both scored 18 in the win. Dylan Jennings was the Bulldogs’ next leading scorer with five points.
Leading the way for Cooper (9-15, 0-1) was Noah Hall with 12 points, while Shelton Hearon and Brady Watson followed with eight.
Up next for the Bulldogs is a home game against Lubbock High on Tuesday. Tipoff for that one is set for 7:30 p.m.
Abilene High boys fall to San Angelo Central in overtime
SAN ANGELO — The Abilene High boys overcame a massive discrepancy in fouls and free-throw attempts to force overtime at San Angelo Central on Tuesday, but the Eagles ran out of gas in the extra period in falling to the Bobcats 69-59.
Central (17-6, 3-1) shot 39 free throws to the Eagles’ six, benefitting from a 29-13 advantage in total fouls.
Despite that, the Bobcats couldn’t put AHS away until overtime, during which they outscored Justin Reese’s squad 10-0.
The Eagles led 12-9 after a quarter and increased that advantage to 34-28 by halftime. Central trimmed one point off that deficit in the third quarter before outscoring AHS 17-12 in the fourth to force an extra period.
Abilene High, which fell to 8-16 overall and 1-3 in league play with the loss, was led by Jeremiah Talib with 21 points and Hayden Williams with 14. Guards Sami Kanayo and Austin Wood also had solid games, scoring nine and eight points, respectively.
Raven Ortiz paced a balanced Central effort with 14 points, while Chase Fields (13), Jaedyn Gipson (11) and Dre Young (10) also reached double figures for the Bobcats.
The Eagles will try to claim their second district win on Tuesday, when they travel to Odessa to take on Permian at 7:30 p.m.
No. 8 Lubbock Cooper too much for Wylie girls
WOODROW — A rough second quarter was enough to sink the Wylie girls in a 54-33 loss to eighth-ranked Lubbock Cooper on Tuesday.
Trailing by five after eight minutes of play, the Lady Bulldogs were outscored 18-4 in the second to go to halftime down 31-12.
Wylie (10-14, 0-3) played the Lady Pirates within two points the rest of the way, but the hole was too large to climb out of.
Kaylan Adams was Wylie’s only player to score in double figures, finishing with 12 points, while Caroline Steadman scored eight. No other Lady Bulldogs player topped four points.
Cooper was led by Catalina Cortez and Calyn Dallas, who each scored 15 points to help the Lady Pirates improve to 19-4 overall and 3-0 in district action.
Still in search of their first league win, the Lady Bulldogs will try to turn things around on Tuesday when they host Lubbock High.
Lubbock High hands Cooper girls their third straight loss
LUBBOCK — A fast start wasn’t enough to propel the Cooper girls to their first district win on Tuesday, as it was followed by a disastrous second quarter in a 54-32 loss at Lubbock High.
Leading 15-9 after one quarter of action, the Lady Cougars were outscored 23-5 over the next eight minutes, putting them in a 32-20 halftime hole.
Lubbock High only added to its lead after the break, outscoring Cooper 7-5 in the third quarter and 14-7 in the fourth.
The Lady Coogs, who fell to 13-12 overall and 0-3 in District 4-5A play with the loss, were led in scoring by Karrigan Parrott with nine points. Kyla Speights added seven while Jazlyn Hatcher scored five.
Mecailin Marshall fueled the Lady Westerners (18-8, 2-1), scoring a game-high 22 points, while Izzy Palmer added 14 and Faith Ford just missed double figures with nine points.
Cooper will try to get back on track Tuesday when it welcomes Lubbock Coronado to Cougar Gym for a 6 p.m. tipoff.
Central girls overpower Abilene High
SAN ANGELO — The Abilene High girls fell to 0-6 in District 2-6A play Tuesday with a 50-27 loss to San Angelo Central.
The Lady Eagles (5-22 overall) got 11 points from Arian Trevino and seven from Samia Cooper, but it wasn’t enough to avoid their fifth consecutive loss.
The Lady Cats (18-10, 4-2) were led in the win by Jewels Perez with 16 points and Deandra Allen with 12.
AHS will try end its swoon on Tuesday when it opens the second half of league play with a 6 p.m. road game at Odessa Permian.