Prep Basketball: Hoopfest competition stiff with upset, blowouts and a 49-point performance

Fouke's Paige Attaway drives againts Rice standout Saniya Burks on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, during the Red River Hoopfest at the Tiger Center in Texarkana, Texas. (Photo by Kevin Sutton/TXKSports.com)
Fouke's Paige Attaway drives againts Rice standout Saniya Burks on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, during the Red River Hoopfest at the Tiger Center in Texarkana, Texas. (Photo by Kevin Sutton/TXKSports.com)

TEXARKANA, Texas -- Fouke got a good look at one of last year's national scoring leaders and Max Preps All-American.

And the Lady Panthers were victorious, 71-68, on Saturday night at the Tiger Center.

Rice (Texas) senior Saniya Burks, who led Texas girls' basketball in scoring last season, didn't make it easy, though. The Texas State signee put on a scoring clinic, recording a Hoopfest-record 49 points, including eight 3-pointers. The rest of her team managed 19.

Fouke played a more balanced game, with 10 players scoring and four in double-digits.

Kinley Smith led the way for the Lady Panthers with 15 points and Connie Ross helped the cause with 13 points. Nailah Zetrenne netted 12 points and 10 rebounds and Ally Caudel added 10 points.

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DeSoto 78, Rossville Christian 37

Amari Byles scored 20 points and hauled in 17 rebounds to help DeSoto cruise past Rossville Christian (Tennessee), 78-37, on Saturday at the Tiger Center.

Mylasia Smith helped the winning efforts with 17 points and Kamora Pruitt finished with 12 rebounds.

Mauryha Jones scored a team-high 17 points for Rossville.

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BOYS

Legacy 49, Mount Pleasant 46

Legacy School of Sports Sciences pulled off the upset of Mount Pleasant on Saturday, edging the Tigers, 49-46, at the Tiger Center.

Mount Pleasant, which went 33-1 last season including a 33-game win streak before losing in postseason play, took a four-point lead going into halftime, but a slow start in the third quarter let Legacy pull away with the win.

Reggie Webster and Carter Chism led Mount Pleasant with 15 points apiece in the losing effort.

Legacy had 11 players score, led by Trey Pinkard's nine points.

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W.T. White 62, Estem 48

Isaiah Kalala had a double-double as his W.T. White squad came out of halftime with a mission to put away Estem (Arkansas), 62-48, on Saturday at the Tiger Center.

Holding onto just a 27-23 lead going into halftime, W.T. White poured on 23 points in the third and 16 more in the fourth to make the final score look easier than it originally was.

Kalala finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while teammate Steven Cruz scored a team-high 18 points. Ben Price added 10 points.

Estem's Jaxson Yancy put down a game-high 19 points in the loss, and Davis Cummins and Chance Bryant each contributed with 10 points.

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Waxahachie 59, LR Parkview 49

Waxahachie got a big performance from Trae Nunn to help give it a boost past Little Rock Parkview, 59-49, on Saturday at the Tiger Center.

Nunn led all scorers with 23 points and teammate Michael Gatewood managed 12 points in the triumph.

Little Rock Parkview's D. Thomas finished with 16 points.

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FRIDAY

LR Chrisitan 73, Lufkin 41

Defending Class 4A state champion Little Rock Christian Academy scored 38 points in the first half while holding Lufkin to 11 en route to a 73-41 victory to tip off the Red River Hoopfest on Friday night at the Tiger Center.

Landren Blocker scorched the nets for a game-high 22 points, while teammate JJ Andrews scored 20 and came down with 12 rebounds in the win. Jameel Wesley added 14 points.

Austin Brown led the East Texas team with 17 points.

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