Lady Bulldogs 56, New Waverly 36
The first time the Crockett Lady Bulldogs played New Waverly,it took a late run to seal a hard-earned victory on their home court,
But the Lady Dogs took care of business in Friday's second round matchup and coasted to a 56-36 win on the road.
New Waverly scored the first bucket, but quickly found itself in a hole after three straight treys by Dea'Junique James. Another basket by James and a layup by Jardan Garner put Crockett up 13-4 at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Dogs extended their lead to 29-14 at the break, but were outscored 14-12 in the third quarter. After New Waverly trimmed the lead to single digits late in the third, 36-27, buckets by James and Garner gave Crockett a 41-28 lead heading into the fourth.
The Lady Dogs then outscored their hosts 14-8 to put the game away.
"New Waverly tried to bounce back several times and nip away at our lead, but we maintained it with a few minor defense, offense, and player changes. We stood strong and won," said Lady Bulldog Head Coach TaNesiah Johnson.
"This was a tremendous victory on the road," said Johnson. "We jumped out to a great start and really maintained the lead from there. I asked the girls to provide 110%, and they did just that and some. I honestly feel this was the best game we have played during our entire district schedule."
Dea'Junique James led Crockett's scoring with 23 points and Garner had 11.
In the first district clash with New Waverly on Jan. 5 at The Hop, the Lady Dogs finished strong to win 54-47.
The Lady Bulldogs improved their record to 10-1, keeping them one game behind undefeated district leader Buffalo (11-0).
"We have an even tougher game Tuesday with Buffalo coming here. Our only loss was to Buffalo, so we must prep today and try to get it done tomorrow," said Johnson.
Crockett travels to Trinity on Friday and then closes out district at home against Elkhart next Tuesday.
Bulldogs 56, New Waverly 46
After battling neck-and-neck for three quarters, the Crockett Bulldogs dominated New Waverly 20-10 in the final period to win a District 21-3A showdown 56-46 on the road Friday night.
With five games left, Trinity remains in first place at 9-0, followed by Buffalo (7-2), Crockett (6-3), New Waverly (6-3). Westwood (4-5), Leon (3-6). Onalaska (1-8) and Elkhart (0-9).
The game was tied 10-10 after a quarter, but New Waverly opened up a seven-point lead early in the second quarter.
Crockett battled back and trailed just 25-24 at halftime despite cold free throw shooting (2 of 12) in the first half.
Crockett opened the third with a go-ahead trey by Octavius Anderson, but New Waverly would score five unanswered points to lead 32-27. The quarter ended in a 36-36 tie when Crockett's Derrick Sherman drained a 3-pointer with :02 left.
Crockett began taking control in the fourth quarter. Leading 45-42 lead,the Bulldogs outscored New Waverly 11-4 down the stretch with a run that included two buckets and 7-of-10 free throw shooting.
The Bulldogs were led in double figures by Rasheed Epps with 14 and Deandre Anderson with 12.
Crockett travels to Trinity on Friday and hosts Elkhart next Tuesday.