GARY, Tx -- The Timpson Lady Bears put together one of their strongest performance of the young season in the opening round of the Gary Basketball Tournament Thursday as Jakelia Caraway poured in 22 points to lead THS to a 52-37 win over Douglass.
The Joaquin Lady Rams started on a positive note with a 53-44 win over Beckville, but dropped a 42-25 setback to Wells on the final game of the night and will now have Friday off before heading back to the court on Saturday at 12:45 p.m.
The host Gary Lady Bobcats also came up short in the opening round, dropping a 54-32 setback to West Rusk, while Garrison fell to 15th-ranked Martinsville, 30-22.
Other opening round results include Overton outgunning Shelbyville, 45-27, Broaddus defeating Cushing, 38-33, Wells getting past Mount Enterprise, 44-29 and Chireno outlasting New Summerfield, 50-40.
There are nine games scheduled for Friday and 10 more on Saturday. The third-place game is set for 3:35 p.m. on Saturday, with the fifth-place game scheduled for 5 p.m. The championship is slated for 6:30 p.m. and the third-place game will be played at 8 p.m.
Here's a rundown of games involving area teams:
Timpson 52, Douglass 37 --Jakelia Caraway scored 14 of her game-high 22 points in the first half as the Timpson Lady Bears surged past Douglass, 52-37.
Rachel Reeves scored 11 of her 14 points in the first half when the Lady Bears took a 33-17 lead and never let up. Tammi Harris scored eight points, Caitlyn Smith scored four and Harley Martin and LaToya Cartwright scored two points apiece.
It was the scoring of Caraway and Reeves that gave the Lady Bears the fire power they needed in the first half. THS took a 14-5 lead after the first quarter and stretched it to a 16-point advantage at the half as they never looked back.
"That was one of our strongest performances of the season so far," said Timpson head coach Keith Prather. "I hope we can continue it through the rest of the tournament. The girls did an outstanding job."
Joaquin 53, Beckville 44 -- Ava Stephens scored 13 points and Chasity Baker added 11 more as the Joaquin Lady Rams took a 13-9 lead in the first quarter and slowly built on it to gain the nine-point win.
Eight different Joaquin players scored in the game. Annabeth Vaughn added seven points, with Jordan Welch and Mallory Martinez chipping in six points apiece, Katelyn Cockrell dropped in five, Whitney Vaughn added three points and Wilburn scored two points.
Ivy Rieke paced the Ladycats, hitting 9-of-14 from the field for a game-high 18 points. Maya Bradford was 6-of-13 shooting for 14 points, T'Ouja Adams scored four and Devin Woodall, Cheyenne Haynes, Cassidi Whitaker and Kari Courtney scored two points apiece.
Wells 42, Joaquin 25 -- The Lady Rams ran out of gas in their final game of the day as Chasity Baker scored 10 points, but it was Wells which came away with the 17-point win, 42-25.
Whitney Vaughn scored five points for the Lady Rams, with Mallory Martinez and Jordan Welch chipping in four each and Annabeth Vaughn scored two points.
Overton 45, Shelbyville 27 -- The Shelbyville Lady Dragons struggled in their opener as only one player scored in double figures in a 45-27 loss to Overton.
Kadeshia Turner paced the Lady Dragons with 10 points, scoring eight of her points in the second half. Kierra Montgomery chipped in eight points, Camory Bolton scored five and Jakera Land scored four points.
West Rusk 54, Gary 32 -- The Gary Lady Bobcats couldn't find their groove in their opener against West Rusk, falling behind by eight in the first period and then going on to lose, 54-32, to West Rusk in the opening round.
Gary did trim the lead to 24-18 at the half as Brittany Odom scored six of her team-high 10 points in the period. They were within striking distance in the third quarter, only trailing 33-25 heading into the fourth quarter. But the Lady 'Cats couldn't seriously cut into the lead in the fourth quarter as the Lady Raiders pulled away.
In addition to Odom's point production, Collyn Pinkerton added six points, Channa Bird chipped in five points, Chelsea Powdrill and Riley Beckham each scored four points, Josey Greer added two and Hailey Duron scored one point.
Martinsville 30, Garrison 22 -- The 15th-ranked Lady Pirates built a four-point lead at the end of the opening period and then held the advantage throughout in this closely-played contest as they knocked off the Garrison Lady Bulldogs, 30-22.
Holding a 12-8 lead after the first quarter, the Lady Pirates stretched it to 16-10 at the half and held the lead, 22-16 heading into the fourth quarter.
Garrison had several attempts to cut the lead as Hannah Kimbrough scored four fourth-quarter points, but the Lady Dogs couldn't overcome.
Kimbrough led Garrison with eight points, with Jasia Berry adding five. Rexanna Powers scored four, Shamika Nickols dropped in three and Jaemee Lilley scored two points.
THURSDAY, DEC. 8
Gm 1: Martinsville 30, Garrison 22
Gm 2: Joaquin 53, Beckville 44
Gm 3: Broaddus 38, Cushing 33
Gm 4: Wells 44, Mount Enterprise 29
Gm 5: Timpson 52, Douglass 37
Gm 6: Chireno 50, New Summerfield 40
Gm 7: Overton 45, Shelbyville 27
Gm 8: West Rusk 54, Gary 32
Gm 9: Wells 42, Joaquin 25
FRIDAY, DEC. 9
Gm 10: Douglass vs. Shelbyville (NG), 8:30 a.m.
Gm 11: Beckville vs. Mount Enterprise (OG), 3:35 a.m.
Gm 12: Timpson vs. Overton (NG), 11:20 a.m.
Gm 13: West Rusk vs. Chireno (OG), 12:45 p.m.
Gm 14: Broaddus vs. Martinsville (NG), 2:10 p.m.
Gm 15: Cushing vs. Garrison (OG), 8:30 a.m.
Gm 16: Wells vs. Timpson/Overton winner (NG), 5 p.m.
Gm 17: Gary vs. New Summerfield (OG), 6:30 p.m.
Gm 18: West Rusk/Chireno winner vs. Broaddus/Martinsville winner (NG), 8 p.m.
SATURDAY, DEC. 10
Gm 19: Gm 17 loser vs. Gm 15 loser, (NG), 8:30 a.m.
Gm 20: Gm 10 loser vs. Gm 11 loser (OG), 9:55 a.m.
Gm 21: Gm 12 loser vs. Joaquin (OG), 12:45 p.m.
Gm 22: Gm 13 loser vs. Gm 14 loser (NG), 12:45 p.m.
Gm 23: Gm 17 winner vs. Gm 15 winner (NG), 2:10 p.m.
Gm 24: Gm 10 winner vs. Gm 11 winner (OG), 2:10 p.m.
Third Place: Gm 18 loser vs. Gm 16 loser (NG), 3:35 p.m.
Fifth Place: Gm 21 winner vs. Gm 22 winner (OG), 5 p.m.
Championship: Gm 18 winner vs. Gm 16 winner (NG), 6:30 p.m.
Third Place: Gm 23 winner vs. Gm 24 winner (OG), 8 p.m.
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