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Middle school basketball: Crownover survives McMath rally

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The Crownover seventh-graders had to withstand a strong second-half rally by the McMath Tigers to hold on for a 41-38 A-team victory.

Crownover led 24-11 at halftime, but McMath surged in the second half before falling short.

Harrison Babbitt led Crownover (3-3) with 15 points, while teammates Dylan Bourey and Braydon Smith chipped in with eight and five points, respectively.

Spencer Eaton, Arian Bhat, Conner Riddle and Bourey excelled on defense for the Cowboys.


Crownover seventh-grade B 31, McMath 5

Crownover’s defense, led by Dabira Ogunwuyi’s five blocks and Trent Ponsonby’s all-around pressure, pitched shutouts in the second and fourth quarters.

Jacob Thompson led the Cowboys (5-1) with eight points and Kyle Ingram tacked on seven.


Crownover seventh-grade C 24, McMath 8

Jacob Machuca scored eight points to lead Crownover past McMath.

The Cowboys (3-3) received four points apiece from Garrett Keuer and Michael Sustaita.

McMath was held to two points in each of the first and fourth quarters and was shut out in the second.


Strickland seventh-grade A 41, Calhoun 34

Spencer Sanders scored 20 points, and Strickland used a 15-point third quarter to power past its old rival.

The Vikings (4-2) also benefited from Trayvon Brockington’s 13 points. Joseph Frisby and Kosi Eldridge added six and two points, respectively.

Calhoun is 3-3.


Calhoun seventh-grade B 25, Strickland 13

Jaylin Dorsette and Elijah Anderson scored seven points apiece as Calhoun won easily after taking a commanding 19-4 lead into the fourth quarter.

Bryan Torres scored five points and snagged four rebounds for Calhoun (4-2). Anderson had four rebounds and three steals.

Strickland scored just two points in each of the first two periods and was blanked in the third.


Strickland seventh-grade C 9, Calhoun 6

The Strickland Vikings improved to 3-2 by putting some tough defense on the basket. Three times they held Calhoun to two-point periods and shut it out in the second quarter.

Oscar Hernandez scored four points to pace Strickland. Benjamin Strange and Jarrett Lloyd each added two points and Jalen McGee scored one.

Calhoun (2-4) was led by Luis Reyes, who scored four points and gathered six rebounds. Angel Hernandez scored two points to go with three steals.


McMath eighth-grade A 31, Crownover 24

McMath broke open a tight game in the second half.

Tied at 15 at halftime, McMath outscored Crownover 16-9 in the second half.

Colt Atkinson led McMath with 12 points while Wyatt Folsom added eight.

McMath also won the B-team game 21-12 and took the C-team game 29-10.



Crownover eighth-grade A 54, McMath 24

Isabel Tovar scored 15 points and Sydney Meadors added 11 as Crownover scored a lopsided win.

The Cowboys came out firing on all cylinders, racing to a 19-2 lead after the first quarter. It was 34-8 at halftime.

McMath (1-5) was led by Lily Mansour with nine points and Jade Townes with seven.

Avery Priddy and Jordan Walters each scored seven points for Crownover (3-3.)


Crownover eighth-grade B 26, McMath 16

Crownower bookended the game with 10-point showings in the first and fourth quarters. The latter effort made the breathing easier, as the Cowboys’ lead was just 16-14 after three quarters.

Mackenzie Sealy scored eight points, Megan Donley six points and Emily Hunt four to lead Crownover (2-4).

McMath (1-5) received six points apiece from La Porsche Woods and Veronica Clark.


Crownover eighth-grade C 15, McMath 8

Bella Graff scored six points and Laruen Gurkin added four for Crownover (2-3).


Lake Dallas eighth-grade A 34, Harpool 26

Twenty-three second-half points by Lake Dallas doomed Harpool.

Harpool (4-2) trailed 11-10 at halftime but was outscored 23-16 after intermission.

Lauren Heard led Harpool with 12 points while Sydney Swann added eight and Elizabeth Donnelly tacked on five.


Harpool eighth-grade B 20, Lake Dallas 18

A strong second-quarter showing gave Harpool a two-point halftime lead that held up through the second half.

Launa Wilson led Harpool (3-3) with seven points while Grace Wilson and Bailey Moss added six and four points, respectively.


Lake Dallas eighth-grade C 11, Harpool 10

Clamping down on defense in the second half, Lake Dallas rallied for a win.

Ellie Bigelow scored five points to lead Harpool.


Little Elm eighth-grade A 50, Navo 21

A quick start and second-half defense were the keys for Little Elm in a high-scoring game.

Little Elm scored 18 first-quarter points and led 28-15 at halftime. That’s when the wheels fell off for Navo, which was held to six second-half points.

Carlie Lesue led Navo with eight points and 12 rebounds. Alexus Evans added six points and three steals, and Julia McKeathen scored five points.


Navo eighth-grade B 40, Little Elm 14

The Navo Lady Panthers pushed their district record to 2-0 with clutch scoring and steely defense.

Navo (6-0) led 9-8 after one quarter. Then Nadia Ysasi led a defense that blanked Little Elm (5-1, 1-1 district) in the second period while the Navo offense pounded away for a 19-8 halftime margin.

Samantha Simmons and Kendra Dora each scored 14 points to lead Navo. Nautica Ysasi had eight rebounds and five steals.


Crownover seventh-grade A 32, McMath 14

Ashley Schroeder led Crownover with 10 points, just edging Taylor Wallace, who had nine points, for high scoring honors.

Naomi Reagan and Reagan Hubbard each scored four points for Crownover.


Crownover seventh-grade B 34, McMath 19

Cami Rockwell’s 10 points led the scoring for Crownover (4-2).

Ashley Griffin and Brittany Bejar each scored six points for the winners while Abby Stovall added five points.


Crownover seventh-grade C 22, McMath 4

Kenzi Valdez scored six points and Ayanna Brown and Macey Ragel each added four points as Crownover (6-0) stayed unbeaten.


Lake Dallas seventh-grade A 42, Harpool 36

Lake Dallas used a strong final quarter to triumph in a close game.

Alexiss Benton hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored 19 points for Harpool (4-2), which led 21-16 at halftime before Lake Dallas tied it at 30 after three quarters.

Meredith Hall scored eight points for Harpool.


Lake Dallas seventh-grade B 29, Harpool 15

Solid defense limited Harpool to two points in each of the second and third periods as Lake Dallas opened up a close game.

Kailey Kidd and Tabitha Pritchett each scored four points for Harpool (4-2).


Harpool seventh-grade C 4, Lake Dallas 2

Mallory Pittman and Hannah Jones each scored two points as Harpool (3-3) escaped with the win.

Harpool scored its points in the second and third quarters while holding Lake Dallas to single markers in the first and fourth periods.


Navo seventh-grade B 14, Little Elm 12

Behind the aggressive defensive play of Citlali Vasquez, Navo rallied and held Little Elm scoreless in the third period.

Vasquez had nine steals to lead the defensive effort, while Grayson Burton had five steals and four rebounds. Rachael Deramee had a game-high 12 rebounds. Breeana White led the scoring for Navo (5-2) with four points.


Navo seventh-grade C 13, Little Elm 12

Navo recovered from a scoreless first quarter and outscored Little Elm 11-6 in the second half.

Destiny Rowe led Navo with six points while Racheal Miller added four for Navo (5-2).