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Lady Bulldogs Start District In Win Column

Dea’Junique James (21) and Shelby Corry (23) bring the ball down the court during the Lady Bulldogs’ district opener against Leon.Dea’Junique James (21) and Shelby Corry (23) bring the ball down the court during the Lady Bulldogs’ district opener against Leon.Crockett Lady Bulldogs began defense of their district basketball championship by handling Jewett Leon 51-46 in the District 21-3A opener Tuesday, Dec. 15 at The Hop.

The Lady Dogs led 17-13 after a quarter but Leon slipped in front 21-19 midway through the second quarter.

Three unanswered treys by Crockett's Mercedes James, Shelby Corry and Dajah Davis opened up a 28-21 lead with 1:35 left in the second. Leon countered with a pair of buckets in the final minute to cut Crockett's lead to 28-25 at intermission.

The lead went back-and-forth throughout the third quarter. After Leon went in front 38-35 with :50 left, Crockett tied the game when Davis buried another three-pointer with :16 left in the third quarter.

Early in the fourth, Crockett's Jardan Garner drained a 3-pointer to spark a 7-0 run that included a basket and pair of free throws by Dea'Junique James to put the Lady Dogs up 45-38 with 5:18 left.

But Leon chipped away at the lead, scoring six unanswered points to make it a one-point game, 45-44, with 3:50 to go.
After a Briayanna Houston bucket gave Crockett a three-point cushion, Leon hit a pair of free throws that made it 47-46 with 2:00 left.

Crockett closed out the final 1:30 with a 4-0 run, but left five points at the charity stripe on missed shots.
D. James scored with 1:29 left but was unable to complete a three-point play at the line. After two more trips to the line by the Lady Dogs resulted in zero points, James knocked down a pair with 10.4 seconds left to give Crockett a 51-46 lead.

D. James made 6 of 7 free throws and led the Lady Dogs with 16 points while Corry finished with 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Davis contributed 9 points on three treys, Garner had 7 (two treys), M. James nailed a trey. Houston and Owens rounded out the scoring with two apiece.

Crockett made 9 of 19 free throws while Leon hit 14 of 21.

Following a district game Friday, Dec. 18 at Onalaska, the Lady Bulldogs will be idle until Saturday, Jan. 2 when they host Westwood for junior varsity and varsity match-ups starting at 2 p.m.

Crockett hosts New Waverly on Tuesday, Jan. 5 and then hits the road Friday, Jan. 8 for a showdown with No. 11-ranked Buffalo, which is picked to win the district.