Strong Fourth Quarter Propels Crockett Girls Past Coldspring

Dea’Junique James records a season-high 38 points.Dea’Junique James records a season-high 38 points.Crockett Lady Bulldogs toppled undefeated district leader Coldspring 55-49 in a Monday night road game, putting them in a four-way for first place.

Coldspring, New Waverly, Anderson-Shiro and Crockett all sit atop the District 21-3A standings with just one loss.

"We pulled off a huge victory," said Lady Bulldogs Head Coach TaNesia Johnson. "We struggled in the first half. We were getting looks, but just couldn't get anything to fall. Then after the break we turned on the switch, got fired up, picked up the intensity, and played our style of ball!"

Coldspring had no answer for junior Dea'Junique James' 38-point performance, especially her 24 -point outburst in the fourth quarter.
"Dea'Junique stepped up big offensively," said Coach Johnson, who noted this was a season high for James and equalled the career high she recorded last season against Elkhart.

Johnson added, "Mercedes (James) did a tremendous job on defense to stop their point guard."

Coldspring led 11-10 lead after the first quarter, which ended with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Dea'Junique James.

The Lady Trojans went up 21-12 midway through the second during a 10 to 2 run in which only Shelby Corry managed to get a shot to fall. A bucket by James and two by Jaida Lockhart finally got Crockett back within three points, only to have Coldspring go up 24-18 at halftime.

The Lady Bulldogs would get within four points several times in the third quarter, but found themselves trailing 34-27 heading into the fourth.

Crockett then dominated the final stanza 28-15 to seal the victory.

Rounding out Crockett's scoring were Lockhart with 6, Tynaisha McKnight and Mercedes James with 4 apiece, and Corry with 3.
"Coldspring is a really good well-rounded, well-coached team. They made us earn everything, and I LOVE games like that!" added Johnson.

The Lady Dogs (4-1) got a much deserved rest Tuesday with a district bye as they prepare for a home game Friday against Anderson-Shiro to wrap up the first half of district.