Prep Basketball: Texas High falls to Magnolia to begin Red River Hoopfest

Texas High's David J. Potter looks to go up for a shot against Magnolia on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, during the Red River Hoopfest at the Tiger Center in Texarkana, Texas. (Photo by Kevin Sutton/TXKSports.com)
Texas High's David J. Potter looks to go up for a shot against Magnolia on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, during the Red River Hoopfest at the Tiger Center in Texarkana, Texas. (Photo by Kevin Sutton/TXKSports.com)

TEXARKANA, Texas -- With a well-balanced attack, 12 players scored for Nashville to easily defeat the Rice Lady Bulldogs, 86-38, Friday evening in the opening day of the Red River Hoopfest.

In other games at Tiger Center, the Little Rock Christian Warriors defeated Lufkin, 73-41, and Magnolia downed Texas High, 68-58.

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Nashville 86, Rice 38

Nashville was on fire in the opening minutes, scoring the contests' first 14 points in just under three minutes, and led at the end of the first quarter, 33-10, and 50-18 at halftime.

Olivia Dean led the Scrapperettes in scoring with 15 points, sister Caroline Dean had 14, twins Jessie Lyle and Shalyn Lyle had 12 each, and Bennett had 10.

Rice's Saniya Burks, the country's leading scorer, knocked down 30 points. Her teammates had plenty of scoring opportunities, but made only three of 20 shots.

The one-sides victory was not a complete surprise since Nashville, 4-1, was the 3A state champion in 2022, and was runner-up last year.

That opponent in both contests was Farmington.

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Magnolia 68, Texas High 58.

With Ahmad Davis leading the way with seven points, the Panthers led at the first break, 17-8, and continued to pull away to a 35-21 lead at halftime.

The third quarter was played on even terms with each team scoring 16 points.

Magnolia maintained its' big lead until the Tigers outscored Magnolia, 11-4, to pull within, 55-48, with 4:45 left in the game.

But the Panthers, 2-0, recovered with seven straight points, and went on to their victory over Texas High, 2-5, on the season.

Junior Williams led Magnolia with 19 points, and Rodrevous Young had 18. Trevon Ellis paced the Tigers with 13.

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